Ruth Magraw

Ruth Magraw- Rochester Cremation

Ruth Marie Magraw passed into heaven on May 10, 2024 at age 98 under the loving care at Cottage Grove Memory Care and RRH Hospice.

She was predeceased by her husband Gilbert Magraw, her sister and brother in law Marilyn and George Murray, brother Donald Moldenhauer and son in law Robert Howland.

Ruth was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 23, 1926 to Madeleine (Machon) Moldenhauer and Edward Moldenhauer. Ruth and Gil moved their family to Henrietta New York in 1965 where she lived out most of her life.

She is survived by her children Janet Magraw Howland, John Magraw and daughter in law, Donna. Ruth loved her granddaughters Christina Rayburn (Chris), Kelsey Magraw (Mitchell), and her beloved great grandson, Marlon Rayburn. She is also survived by her sister in law Suzanne Moldenhauer and many close friends still here or in heaven who helped make her long life so happy.

Donations may be made to the Henrietta Senior Center, 515 Calkins Road, Rochester NY 14623. Ruth spent more than 30 years going to the Senior Center and participating in almost every activity they offered. It was definitely her happy place. There will be no calling hours per Ruth’s request. A private Celebration of Life for the family will be held at a later date.

9 Condolences

  1. Kip Hills on May 13, 2024 at 1:37 pm

    So sorry to hear the news about your Mom. What a great lady. I’ll always remember her laughter.
    Hugs, Kip

    • Janet Howland on May 15, 2024 at 1:37 pm

      Thank you, Kip!

  2. Beverly Childers on May 13, 2024 at 3:55 pm

    To the family I love your mother with all of my heart. I know that she is resting now you guys took very good care of her make good decisions of her long Jeopardy life I’m going to miss you Miss Ruth you rest now and watch over us. We love you and we will miss you. You were i you were so incredible and had such an impact on my life. I love you and the family stay strong and know that God is in charge.❤️🙏

    • Janet Howland on May 15, 2024 at 1:39 pm

      Thank you Dearest Beverly. You and Mom shared the closest of bonds during your time helping her in her apartment. We will never forget the most amazing 97th Birthday party you gave her last year. We will never forget you! With love from John, Donna and myself.

  3. Kay on May 13, 2024 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you Janet. A beautiful woman.

    • Janet Howland on May 15, 2024 at 1:40 pm

      Thank you, Dear Kay.

  4. Shelly Gorino on May 14, 2024 at 7:14 am

    Fond memories of the girls laughing around the lunch table. Deepest sympathies to the family.

    • Janet Howland on May 15, 2024 at 1:36 pm

      Thank you, Shelly! You are the provider of all the fun at the Senior Center!

  5. Nancy Murray on May 17, 2024 at 10:01 pm

    Janet and John,
    I just heard that your mother left this earth. It must have been difficult and empty on Mother’s Day. A mother is a unique relationship. She is the only one that has known you your entire life. She was the first person you saw when you were born, and you might have been the last person she saw when she died. Her death might bring mixed emotions and memories. You will remember when she was young and vibrant, dancing at your weddings. But will also remember when she was old and could not get out of bed. She watched you both grow into capable adults, and you watched her grow frail and forgetful. Together you shared a life of ups and downs from the joy of grandchildren to the grief of losing husbands. She had a long life with many friends and family. I believe that she is now reunited with them in God’s kingdom.
    Nancy Murray

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