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Ada Ruth Sayre Sayre
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Birth: Aug. 3, 1917
Death: Jun. 13, 2011

Ada Ruth

CHARLESTON – Ada Ruth, 93, of Charleston departed this life on June 13, 2011.

She was born on August 3, 1917, on a family farm on Cow Run near Cottageville, originally owned by her great-grandfather Ephraim Sayre, to late Thomas Edison and Minerva Florence Sayre. Ada Ruth was the oldest of four children, her three brothers being (from oldest to youngest) Robert Quentin Sayre, Sr., of Ripley, Ralph Edison Sayre of St. Albans, and the late Don Clifford Sayre of Nitro.

Since Ada Ruth was the only daughter, she quickly learned the female responsibilities of farm life. As a farm girl, active in 4-H Clubs, she raised sheep for a 4-H project. She was about eleven years old when she won first prize for her sheep at the Kanawha County Fair in Dunbar. On that day she wore black bloomers with a white middy blouse.

Ada Ruth attended Antioch Grade School (a one-room school house located on their farm) and in 1936 graduated from Union District High School at Cottageville, where she was salutatorian of her graduating class. While in high school, she met Franklin Lewis Sayre, who was a member of the school basketball team. They were married on August 7, 1938, and celebrated their 72nd anniversary this past August.

Being a descendant of Thomas Sayre, an immigrant from Bedfordshire, England, who was one of eight families that founded the Southampton, Long Island, community—Ada Ruth was interested in researching genealogy information, tracing her lineage back to the 1300s. She was a member of the Jackson County West Virginia Historical Society, and much of the information she gathered was published in a five-volume set, "Sayre Family—Another 100 Years," edited by Ralph Hall Sayre. In addition, she held family reunions during the late 50s and the 60s.

Ada Ruth was an avid flower gardener. She had the proverbial "green thumb." Beautiful flowers bordered her lawn, and hanging flowers helped "window" the carport. Folks would drive by to take in the beauty, and some would stop with how-to questions on flower gardening.

Ada Ruth was a resident of Dunbar for 62 years and an active member of the Dunbar First Church United Methodist for more than 60 years. In 2001, she and Frank moved to Edgewood Summit in Charleston, where she was a resident for these past 10 years.

Although a mother at heart, Ada Ruth was not privileged to bear children. However, over the years, she was like a mother to Lou Ann Barnette Platt, Donna Sayre Neumann, and others.

Surviving is her husband, Franklin Lewis Sayre, of Charleston; brothers Robert Quentin Sayre, Sr., of Ripley and Ralph Edison Sayre of St. Albans.

Ada Ruth lived a full and happy life, serving those around her. Her life brought beauty to the hearts of those she touched.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 16 at Dunbar First Church United Methodist with the Rev. Okey Harless officiating. Burial will follow in Blaine Memorial Cemetery in Jackson County near Cottageville.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at Keller Funeral Home in Dunbar.

Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar and Casto Funeral Home, Evans are in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Dunbar First Church United Methodist endowment fund.
Family links: 
  Thomas Edison Sayre (1890 - 1995)
  Minerva Florence Sayre Sayre (1896 - ____)
  Franklin Lewis Sayre (1913 - 2013)*
  Ada Ruth Sayre Sayre (1917 - 2011)
  Ralph Edison Sayre (1920 - 2011)*
  Don Clifford Sayre (1922 - 2009)*
*Calculated relationship
Blaine Memorial Cemetery
Jackson County
West Virginia, USA
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Record added: Sep 04, 2011
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Ada Ruth <i>Sayre</i> Sayre
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For my cousin whom I got to know well, later in life. These flowers of course don't compare to the ones that you and Frank used to grow at Dunbar.
 Added: Dec. 30, 2011

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