She was the wife, of 51 years, of Forrest Palmer Gates, who died in 1991.
Ruth was born on October 12, 1918, to Richard Dudley and Adele Ames Currier in Montclair, New Jersey, and graduated from Colby Junior College, New London, New Hampshire.
She served as secretary and president of the Board of Managers of the Willing Helpers Home For Women of Johnstown, New York. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Johnstown, the Aldine Society and the Burroughs Nature Study Club of Johnstown.
She was predeceased by her oldest son, Richard Palmer Gates, who was a casualty of the Vietnam War in 1969. Survivors include: her sons, William Currier Gates and his wife, Beth, of Johnstown; John Dudley Gates and his wife, Patricia, of Mayfield; six grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. The family wants to thank the staff of Nathan Littauer Nursing Home and Pineview Commons for their professional and loving care for Ruth during her years there.