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Ruby J. Petrey

June 29, 1918 - September 19, 2021


Waverly, New York

Date of Death:

September 19, 2021



Birth Date:

June 29, 1918

Birth Place:

Owego, New York

Service Information:

Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York


Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 10 to 11 AM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York


Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens, Pennsylvania

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Ruby J. Petrey

Ruby J. Petrey, 103, of Waverly, NY passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at home with her loving family by her side.

She was predeceased by her parents, Harry and Mary Parson Brown; her husband, Earl Petrey; her daughter, Patricia Leary; her son, Larry Petrey; her brothers, Oscar (Helen) Brown and Archie Brown; and her grandson-in-law, Roger Bartholomew.

Ruby is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Terry) Farrell of Sayre, son-in-law, Daniel Leary of Waverly; her brother, Harry (Evie) Brown of Florida; her grandchildren, Lisa (Jeff) Kisel, Kevin (Deb) Leary, Mark (Chris) Leary, Karen Bartholomew, Elizabeth (Mike) Trengo, Earl (Mona) Petrey, Melissa (Eric) Knolles; 11 great grandchildren; 13 great-great grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews.

Ruby was born in Owego New York on June 29, 1918, the daughter of the late Harry and Mary Parson Brown.  On July 3, 1939 she married Earl William Petrey.  They were together for 57 years until his passing in May of 1996.

Ruby worked for Woolworths in Waverly and The New York Store for 28 years.  Ruby loved spending time with her family.  For many years she crocheted, did needle point, and made Christmas ornaments.  Many people also cherished her homemade afghans.  At any time you could find Ruby doing puzzles, reading, word searches, playing cards or watching her favorite soap operas and games shows.

She was a member of the Waverly United Methodist Church.  She also participated at the Catholic Church of the Epiphany.

A time of calling will be held on Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 10 to 11 AM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York.  A funeral service to honor the 103 years of Ruby’s life will be held on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York with Rev. Cindy Schulte officiating and burial to follow at Tioga Point Cemetery in Athens.  For those who are unable to attend, we will Live Stream the service at 11:00 AM at  Memorial donations may be made in Ruby’s name to the Waverly Library or Stray Haven.  Those wishing to send a message of sympathy to Ruby’s family may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at

Sympathy Messages

From: Sally Martin
I was sad today to get a call that Aunt Ruby died but my prayer was that she not suffer on this earth since  health was declining.  What a pretty lady for 103 yrs. young.RIP  She was one of my favorite aunts and have so many memories of going to the Petrey home on Cayuta Ave. as a child and playing with my cousins in the nice back yard. Memories that I will always have. Now I believe that Aunt Ruby is with her daughter Patty and son Larry and rejoicing to see each other. Say hello to your brother and hubby and tell them that I love them all. Thank you Lisa for having her in your home in her latter days. My prayers to the family.  You were all so good to her.

From: June Satterly
My deepest condolences to the family. She was such a gracious lady. Having grown up on Thomas Street, she was a neighbor. Always enjoyed our visits.

From: Monica Knolles
We have been blessed to have Ruby as an extension of our family. She was such a lovely woman and we have been enriched from our having known her. We will have a glass of wine for her. She was a lady to the end. Always well dressed and not a hair out of place. Rest in peace Ruby.

From: Dave and Carrie Vanhousen
So very sorry for your loss.

From: Kathleen E Brown
Dear Aunt Ruby,  I have such wonderful memories of my childhood growing up in OWego. I loved coming to your house and your big back yard.  We would play down stairs and loved your button box. Suzi has it still today.  I remember the visits  of Mom & Dad and you and Uncle Pete, when you came to Florida every year to Ft Pierce... such Happy times !!  May you RIP Aunt Ruby and enjoy your reunion with Uncle Pete, your children Patty and Larry, and my Mom and Dad. Tell them all that I say Hi and send my Forever Love . Till we meet again... HUGS AND KISSES, Kathi

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