Liberty, NY – Ruth (Siddons) Grant remembers when her birthday ended up accidentally overlooked, thanks to a relative’s same-day birthday party. But that was 100 years ago – literally – and Monday, February 25, on the occasion of her 110th birthday, no one forgot Ruth.
“I love it!” she gasped as balloons and a cake were presented to her at the Care Center at Sunset Lake, the County-run facility where she resides.
Liberty, in fact, has been her home for decades, and she is well-remembered from her days working in the Liberty Central School District. The retired teacher worked in schools across the area and on Long Island, where she fondly recalls taking trips to the ocean with her children and late husband.
Born in Morrisonville (near Plattsburgh) in 1909, Ruth isn’t one to get too excited about birthdays these days – but ask her about education, and she has plenty to share.
“I loved teaching,” she acknowledges with a warm smile. “But I didn’t have a favorite subject. I liked them all!”