Ruth S. Dodds, 62, of 410 E. Fourth St., died unexpectedly Saturday, June 29, 2013, in her home.
A Jamestown resident since 2002, she was born Sept. 21, 1950, in Pittsburgh, Pa., a daughter of the late Frederick and Dorothy Kerr Stiening. She received her teaching degree from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa.
Ruth had a lifelong interest in music, education and theater. She had been active in the Chautauqua Institution Summer Choir, Dom Koren, Chautauqua Choral Society, Chautauqua Shores Barbershoppers and Noteworthy Quartet, Chautauqua Community Orchestra, and played cello in the pit orchestra for mu-sicals at the Lucille Ball Little Theater of Jamestown. Ruth had taught private piano lessons and was the founder of the Association of Piano Teachers (APT) and A-Musing Singers & Stringers. A former mentor, literacy tu-tor and foster grandmother, she received the 2011 Met-Life Foundation Older Volunteers Enrich America Award for her work at the G. A. Learning Center.
She was an active church musician and had been a substitute organist for various area churches, most recently serving as music director at the First Baptist Church of Jamestown and as organist for services at Christ Chapel of Lutheran Social Services. She also led music for Little Lambs at Celoron United Metho-dist Church and vacation Bible school. Ruth was well-known as the organist for the WJTN Saturday Morning Breakfast Club ra-dio show.
Locally, she owned and operated A-Musing Company Music House. Prior to coming to Jamestown, Ruth owned The Music House as well as being active in music groups and churches in Sheboygan, Wis.
She is survived by three children: Evan (Dr. Jodi) Dodds of Charlotte, N.C., Martha (Adam) Paalman of Neenah, Wis., and Dr. Catherine Dodds of Matthews, N.C.; three grandchildren: Gabriel, Caroline and Alex-ander Dodds of Charlotte; and two brothers: Kirby (Dana) Stiening of Portsmouth, Va., and Fred Stien-ing of Chicago, Ill.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 4, in Christ Chapel of the Lutheran Home. The Rev. Daniel S. Rumfelt will officiate. Friends will be re-ceived for two hours prior to the service, from 1-3 p.m. Thursday in Christ Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St., Jamestown, NY 14701 or to the Chautauqua County 4-H Endowment Fund, c/o Chautauqua Region Community Foun-dation, 418 Spring St., Jamestown, NY 14701.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Ruth at www.lindfuneralhome.com