Ruth Carley Norton

Ruth Carley Norton

Friday, March 7th, 1924 - Friday, May 3rd, 2019
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Ruth Carley Norton, 95, passed away on Friday, May 3, 2019. Born in Saranac Lake, NY on March 7, 1924, she was the daughter of Matthew G. and Florence Buchanan Otis.

Ruth married George Carley Jr. in 1943 at the Walter Reed Memorial Chapel in Washington DC, and together had seven children.

Ruth was a proud homemaker, our home was filled with scents of fresh cookies, pies and pastries, cinnamon rolls and dinner in the oven. We have all realized how blessed we were at that time in our lives. Our Mom always lovingly cared for us, straightening our hair and clothes, and getting us out the door with a warm breakfast, on time for the bus. Our friends were always welcome at our home.

While living in Lake Clear, Ruth was very involved with the community and St John’s in the Wilderness. She was a 4H leader, Religious Education teacher, Home Bureau – where she loved exploring her crafty talents, and Rosary Altar Society.

Our Mom had a kind heart, warm smile and funny sense of humor. She graciously accepted life as it became more challenging, she was polite and patient. Mom set a wonderful example for us. To most, Ruth was the kindest person they had ever met. She had a heart of gold that shined through the warm smile that was always on her face. Nothing brought Ruth more happiness than spending time with her beloved children, grandchildren, especially the “great” grandchildren.

Ruth is survived by her seven children, Joan Javens of Florida, Mary Frink (Ernest, deceased) of Ontario, Anne Dietrich (David) of Ballston Spa, Loretta Lemmo (Martin) of Fort Edward, George Carley III (Jackie) of Indiana, Eloise Brooks (Jeffrey) of Indiana, and Joseph Carley (Teresa) of Virginia. Grandchildren Ruth Duncan (Mit), Anne Marie McNeil, Kenneth McNeil(Carol), Michelle Kuk(Raymond), Aaron Dietrich(Miranda), Scott Forth(Stacey), Daniel Forth(Cindy), George Carley IV(Katie), Kathryn Carley, Jason Carley and Jacob Carley(Jennifer). Eighteen great grandchildren. Robert Lee, Ashley, Erin and Zachary McNeil, Aidan, Meghan and Lauren McNeil, Abby and Samuel Kuk, Tiahna Hayes, Margaret and Peyton Forth, Aja, Grey and Cole Forth, Quentin, Vivian and Elena Carley.

Ruth is also survived by many nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly. Also, her dear friend Mary Ellen, who came to visit Mom every week and bring Communion for the past nine years. Mom would also include the staff at the Good Shepherd, Moreau as her best of friends. They cared for our Mother for the past five years with love, kindness and professionalism. You are all amazing, sensitive people.

Ruth married Kenneth Norton in 1970. Ken passed away in 1991, after many happy retirement years in Florida. Ruth moved back to New York nine years ago to be closer to family.

Ruth was predeceased by her parents and all of her siblings. Mildred Otis, Harold Otis, Marie Heath, Kathryn Callaghan Cummings, and Madeline Jacquis.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake.

Relatives and friends are invited to join us to celebrate Mom’s life. A mass will be held at 11:00 am at St. John’s in the Wilderness Church in Lake Clear on Tuesday May 14th, with the Reverend Patrick Ratigan officiating. A viewing will be held at 10:00am in the church hall prior to the funeral mass. Burial will follow in Harrietstown Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Ruth may be made to The Home of the Good Shepherd, c/o Krista Waters, Activity Director, 198 Bluebird Road, South Glens Falls NY 12803. Friends can also share their memories at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    St. John's in the Wilderness Roman Catholic Church
    Route 30
    LAKE CLEAR, NY 12945
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  • Service

    Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 11:00am
    St. John's in the Wilderness Roman Catholic Church
    Route 30
    LAKE CLEAR, NY 12945
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Patrick Ratigan
  • Interment

    Harrietstown Cemetery
    Route 86
    SARANAC LAKE, NY 12983
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Lisa Sciacca

Posted at 10:14am
Aunt Ruth, my loving classy Aunt - you will be missed. I loved your sense of humor and wonderful stories, give your sisters and brother a hug from me!

Jeff Brooks

Posted at 12:01pm
I'm blessed with so many memories of times shared with Mom. She had such a beautiful sense of humor. I loved listening to her stories and jokes. I don't think she ever repeated one unless I asked. The love shared between her and my pup Casey are some of my favorite memories.

Sam Kuk

Posted at 06:29pm
This is “Great’s” great-grandson Sam. I remember I gave Great her nickname. One day saw her and said “Hi Great”, she loved her special name and me. She always had candy in her dishwasher for my sister and I every time we came to visit. She never missed my birthday party. I loved her.

Lisa Sciacca Posted at 10:04am

She shared that story with me, it was special and apparently you were one of her special people.

Jeanne Callaghan

Posted at 02:18pm
I am sorry to hear about Aunt Ruth's death. I met her when I married into the family. She was often visiting at the Callaghan home when Steve and I were there. She was always kind and a loving person.

Kathy, Joyce and Leah

Posted at 08:21am
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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