WALTON - Ruth Nancy Pickering, born in Union-Endicott, was the daughter of Norman Howard Pickering Sr. and Myrtle Deuel Pickering.
Ruth had two brothers and one sister. Jane Stratton Corey (deceased) was the oldest of the children. Her first husband was Larry Stratton, who predeceased her. Jane's second husband is Herb Corey of Vestal.
The second of the siblings born to Norman and Myrtle was Norman H. Pickering Jr., residing in Hilltop Manor, Johnson City, with his wife, Janet Pickering. Ruth was the third child.
Carlin Emory Pickering was the youngest child born to Norman Sr. and Myrtle. He and his wife reside in Vestal.
Ruth attended Vestal High School and Houghton College. Houghton was where she met her lifelong love, Richard T. Wakeman, who was born in Walton. At Houghton, Ruth earned her bachelor's degree in Christian education.
They married on Aug. 30, 1952, the summer before their senior year. They lived in Vetville, where veterans of World War II could live while attending Houghton College. When they graduated in May of 1953, Ruth was six months pregnant with Gene.
Ruth was the beloved wife of Richard and wonderful mother to two sons, Richard Eugene Wakeman and Rollin Dale Wakeman.
Ruth and Richard raised their sons in Walton. Ruth was an elementary school teacher. She earned her master's degree in elementary education from State University College at Oneonta. Over the years, Ruth taught grades 2 through 5, but mostly fifth grade. She taught for 30 years before she retired to travel and spend time with her growing family.
She had two sons; six grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. She took an active interest in each child, pouring time and love into each of their lives. When her great-grandchildren came along, she had to multiply that time and love. She excelled at knowing her great-grands and equally poured love into their lives. Her great-grandchildren loved her and called her "Grandmom Wakeman."
Over the years, Ruth and Dick spent summers traveling, digging at archaeological sites around the world, building a new house in Chipmunk Hollow, and enjoying many pastimes with friends and family. She loved to bake and was especially talented at pies of all sorts. Her crust was close to perfection. After retirement they invested in an RV park in Florida and would drive to Florida for the winter months and New York for the summer months.
In 1963-64, they moved the family to England and both Dick and Ruth taught in Hugh Clopton High School. Ruth taught at the boys school and Dick taught at the girls school. The family lived in Stratford-Upon-Avon, right around the corner from the birthplace of Shakespeare's wife, Anne Hathaway. The boys attended a school that met in a converted tithe barn very near their house. A highlight was when Dick and Ruth dug at Tel Lachish to discover evidence of the destruction of Jericho by the Israelites in Biblical times. They made many friends and experienced many diverse cultures during their travels.
Ruth loved her husband, Richard T. Wakeman. She loved her sons, R. Eugene Wakeman and Rollin D. Wakeman. She loved her extended family and friends. But, her greatest love was Jesus. She knew Him in a deep and intimate way. She had a way of sensing His "still small voice" about things physical and things eternal. As we grieve her loss, we are comforted by the certain knowledge that she is in heaven now and we will see her one day in glory.
Friends and relatives are invited to call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 29, at the the First Baptist Church, 55 Townsend St., Walton, where services will be held at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Jay O'Connor officiating. Burial will follow in Walton Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Ruth's name may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 55 Townsend St., Walton, NY 13856.
Published on August 28, 2017