Ruth Belle Haywood, a former plant worker, died Sunday in Erie County Medical Center after a brief illness. She was 80.
Born Ruth Murray in Abbeville, S.C., she was educated in Calhoun Falls, S.C., public schools. She moved to Buffalo in 1942.
During World War II, Mrs. Haywood worked at Hewitt Rubber Co.
She was employed in the Homemaker's Program with the Erie County Department of Social Services for 15 years, retiring in the late 1970s. She won an award in 1979 for her work with the program..
Mrs. Haywood was a member of Unity Baptist Church and its senior choir. In February, she was awarded a Merit of Achievement by the church for her work with the pastor's aide program.
Her husband of 42 years, James Sr., died in 1970.
Surviving are five daughters, Fannie Robinson of St. Louis, Beatrice Lee of Rochester, Geraldine Nixon of Lockport and Linda Troutman and Arlene Young, both of Buffalo; three sons, James Jr. of Charlotte, S.C., Darnell J. of Buffalo, and Charles E. of New York City; a brother, Leon Kelly of Buffalo; 26 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and 26 great-great grandchildren.
Services were held today in Greater Refuge Temple of Christ. Burial was in Ridge Lawn Cemetery, Cheektowaga.