Ruth Marilyn Sergeant Spaulding, formerly of Crown Point, NY passed peacefully early morning
February 25, 2020 at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam, NY. Ruth was just two weeks shy of her
92nd birthday, born March 9, 1928 to Edmund and Veda (Grimes) Sergeant. Her father worked
for former Vermont Governor Percival Clement and she was born in the caretaker's house of the
Clementwood Estate in Rutland, VT. Although she lived nearly all of her life in NY State, Ruth
proudly considered herself a Vermonter.
In June 1947, she married Herbert Spaulding and they were married for 68 1/2 years until his
passing on January 1, 2016. Together they raised three children Richard, Douglas and Vicki. In
1954 they purchased the GLF, later known as Crown Point Agway in partnership with Herbert's
father Edgar "Ned" Spaulding. Through the years Ruth worked picking apples, at the Crown
Point Bank, Crown Point Drive-In, Crown Point Central School and then as the bookkeeper of
Crown Point Agway until they sold their business and retired in 2000. She also was a
bookkeeper for several years for both her brother-in-law Tom at Wadhams Agway and for her
son Douglas at Ticonderoga Agway. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother, Girl Scout Leader and
Treasurer of the White Church and White Church Cemetery.
Ruth was a marvel to behold operating an adding machine. Her fingers would fly over the rows
of numbers, pressing down on each number key and then pulling the handle in rapid succession
with a large mound of adding machine tape piling up on the floor around her. It was very
important to her that she balanced her ledgers to the penny. Although a good bookkeeper,
where she excelled was in creativity. She could host a baby shower, Cub Scout pack meeting,
Christmas or Anniversary party or other event like no one else. These parties were a
combination of skits, handmade costumes, special table favors and always included something
unexpected, different and fun. She was just as creative with her halloween costumes, parade
floats, thoughtful gift giving and anything else that she put her hand and mind to, all done with
the desire to find, create and give just the right thing to please someone.
Ruth was predeceased by her husband Herbert, son Douglas, brother Malcolm Sergeant,
sisters June Mero and Jean Sprague, nephew David Sergeant and niece Lori Vogel. She is
survived by son Richard (Pamela) Spaulding of North Bangor, NY, daughter-in-law Angie
Spaulding of Ticonderoga, NY and daughter Vicki (Patrick) Arceri of Northville, NY. Nephews
Derek (Loni) Sprague and Edmund Sergeant. Nieces Diane Lashway, Jeanne LeClaire, Joni
(Dwight) Burkett, Valerie Mero, Holly Behr, Linda (John) Medeiros and Nancy (Gene) Knott.
Brother-in-laws Harold (Nancy) Spaulding and Thomas (Donna) Spaulding and Sister-in-law
Nancy (Steve) MacKay. Six Grandchildren: Eric (Heidi) Spaulding, Kevin (Shari) Spaulding,
Tammie (Al) Montoya, Tara (Seth) Celotti, Katie (Nathan) St. Pierre and Veronica Arceri. Nine
Great Grandchildren: Eric Jr., Jayson, McKenna, Brady and Kayla Spaulding, Avja and Gabriel
Montoya, Reese Celotti and Harper St. Pierre.
Our Mother's primary concern was always the health and safety of her family and friends.
Knowing that and due to this pandemic, there will be no gathering for a Memorial Service.
Remembrances can be left online at www. northvillefuneralservice.com.