Condolences for Ruth Elizabeth Syre

Kathy Maddox posted on 7/12/21

So sorry to hear about Ruth Syre's death. I had the pleasure of working with her at Centra as a fellow Home Heath worker and with Congregational Health. She was a great encourager and showed dedication to patients and caregivers. I also had the pleasure of working with Ruth on a Peaks Pilgrimage. The Light of Christ definitely shined through Ruth in her words and music. I will truly miss her. De Colores


Kathy chase posted on 7/11/21

Ruth's family, you are held in my prayers in this sad time for you. Ruth and I crossed paths through public health nursing, faith community nursing, and in clinical pastoral education. In every way, she was the model of faith, compassion, and wisdom -all given in a self-effacing manner and with a smile. Our daughter and grandson were blessed by visits from her which help to maintain the quality of their lives. She spoke of you children frequently with joy and pride.


Nancy Durbin posted on 7/10/21

Dear Ruth- it was an honor & privilege to serve with you on the board of HMA & work on so many projects for faith community nursing & health ministry You were a shining example of faith in actions will miss your wisdom, humor & beautiful smile Your legacy will continue in so many ways Rest In Peace


Mike. Sheri. Katie Opal Freeman posted on 7/10/21

Ruth will be missed. Know she’s in GODS HANDS we spent many special moments on the pilgrimage team ❤️ Such a free spirit


Allison Gardner posted on 7/9/21

We were saddened by Ruth’s sudden death. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are Cousins of Sandra Young Janice Biggers Allison Biggers Gardner Catherine Biggers Trotter


Pam Norris posted on 7/9/21

I had the pleasure of knowing Ruth while working at the Lynchburg Health Dept. She loved her job, and was such a caring person. I know she will be missed.



Valerie Syrewicz-Moore posted on 7/9/21

My family Eddie,Ryan,Kelly and Madelyn and of course Aunt Val We send our deepest condolences to Tom Sr. Elizabeth and Tommy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.



Valerie Syrewicz-Moore posted on 7/9/21

I am so happy Ruth and I reconnected. We got to know each other .She was funny smart and active. Loving retirement. She started playing ukulele and I was do happy for her. I wish I shared that I played ukulele also but didn't want to take her joy. I truly loved getting to know her. She have birth to two incredibly smart kids. Elizabeth and Tom I am proud to be your Aunt. I love you guys. I loved Ruth.


Michele Stinnett posted on 7/9/21

I worked with Ruth at Centra VBH in Lynchburg. She was a true blessing to all who knew & loved her. I know Ruth walked straight through the Pearly Gates without a detour on the way. Prayers of peace for your family. Fly high, Ruthie, as you always have and always will. It was a blessing to know you.



Marty Aden posted on 7/8/21

Ruth exuded joy. She visited me after my back surgery and encouraged and cheered me on as I started rehab. Ruth helped us with my mother as she needed more help by bringing medical equipment to our house from the church. She often shared articles for our Sunday School class to discuss that were timely and poignant. She lived her faith in many ways. I wish I had known her better! And I am blessed to have known her at all! My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.



Sherry Walker posted on 7/8/21

Blessings to the family. A Keuka sister lighting up heaven, just as, I'm sure, she lit up your lives.


Pat Read posted on 7/8/21

Ruth and I worked together for several years and she had such a lovely spirit. As you embrace your memories of her in the days ahead I pray God’s peace, strength, and His love will sustain you.



Jaclyn M BUFFARDI posted on 7/8/21

I am so happy I got too see you last year. You will be truly missed by anyone who has ever known you.


Kathryn "KA" Anderson posted on 7/8/21

" I say yes.. Lord your will and to your way". (Lyrics we once sang together). Rest well sweet, kind, compassionate brethren...we'll sing these lyrics again some day❤️


Mary Mac (Knighton) Keith posted on 7/8/21

Sorry to hear of your loss, Liz. Prayers for you and your family.


LaVerne Everhart posted on 7/8/21

Ruth and I worked many years together as nurses in Lynchburg. Kindhearted, giving, funny, loved to laugh and a beautiful smile. Many memories to cherish. My deepest sympathy and prayers for the family. LaVerne Everhart RN


Gail Copelan posted on 7/8/21

So sorry for your loss. She was a kind caring woman. I met her when she was a runner. We had some friendly competitive times here in Lunchburg.


Michael H Davenport posted on 7/8/21

To: Mary Ann, Paul, Tom & Chrissy, Elizabeth, Daryl Ann & others - my heartfelt condolences go out to you at this time. Please know that you are all in my prayers. Ruth was unique in how she embodied God's love in everything that she did, and with whomever she met. Her love shone thru in her behavior in countless ways, you'll be able to read about that in other condolences. For me, I'll simply say that I was honored to call her my friend for some 25 years. Rest eternal grant to her, O Lord; And let light perpetual shine upon her. Psalm 46.



Jessica Francis posted on 7/7/21

Tom and family. I am sorry to hear about Ruth's passing. She was a dear and lovable friends. Sending hugs and prayers for healing.


Allyson McSwain posted on 7/7/21

I knew Ruth through various work projects. To meet Ruth is like have knowing her for years. She was very supportive to me. I thought so much of her. I loved talking to to her and we were also Facebook buddies. She was a one of a kind, blessing to all. I’m sorry for your loss.


Jessica Francis posted on 7/7/21

Ruth and I have been friends along time. But we got real close after I went on the Presbyterian Pilgrimage. We were on the Pilgrimage team. I will miss her talks, advice, her smile. She was a shoulder I could cry on when needed. RIP my friend. Until we meet again.


Debbie Martin posted on 7/7/21

Ruth was a running friend in Lynchburg. She was such a special person, full of love and care for others. To Ruth's family: How she loved you all, you were each a light to her. I'm so sorry for your loss.


Tamllyn Shields posted on 7/7/21

I met Ruth through Winterpark Presbyterian Church. I greatly admired her kind heart, sense of humor, and incredible sense of adventure! Her love for her children and grandchildren was deep, and apparent in any conversation with her. I am sending prayers, love, and well wishes to you all.


Elaine Winters posted on 7/7/21

Tom and family, i am so sorry about the passing of your mama, just want to let you know that my prayers and thoughts are with you during this time. Find comfort in the Lord deepest sympathy Elaine Winters


Barbara Byrd posted on 7/7/21

We were blessed at Wppc that Ruth chose us when she moved near the ocean. She immediately shared her many gifts with the congregation. She endeared herself to all of us and we loved her so much.


Maggi Lawrence posted on 7/7/21

Ruth and I met at Keuka College. We were not in the same programs - she was nursing and I was education - but we became friends. During our freshmen year a close childhood friend discovered she had cancer and she died the following year. Ruth wrote a poem about it. It meant the world to me and to my friend's family when I shared it with them. Thank you Ruth. Ruth was special even back then. Ruth will live on in the memories each of us have wirh her.


Marguerite (Mic) Durbin posted on 7/7/21

Ruth and I met at Keuka College in 1970. We have been friends since. Although we were in touch sporadically over the years we truly reconnected at our 40th reunion. As one friend, who was there, said so well - the years melted away - it was like we were together yesterday!! We had a tight knit group back in the day. 4 of us who were at that reunion decided we would have our own "mini-reunions" more often - and so we did. Once in NY; once in Florida. It was between Ruth & I who would host next. I will always cherish the memories of my Keuka "sister" and will miss her terribly!! I would like to share a favorite saying - "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves memories no one can steal". Hugs to her family!!


Belinda Chapman posted on 7/6/21

I worked with Ruth at the Health Department in Lynchburg. When she left and took a position at Virginia Baptist Hospital I would often stop by her office and talk for a few minutes. I remember making an anniversary cake for her parents. I have a lot of memories of Ruth. I loved her laugh and how I could always go to her to talk Presbytery stuff.