Ruby Jane Allaire, a former teacher and home health care aide who was active in her church, died Friday in her Grand Island home after a long illness. She was 73.
A native of New Holland, Pa., the former Ruby Jane Leisey attended Millersville State Teachers College in Pennsylvania and taught Mennonite children in a one-room schoolhouse there. She moved to Grand Island after her marriage in 1954.
Mrs. Allaire worked for 15 years as a home health aide for Kaleida Health Services before her retirement in 2004.
She was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church on Grand Island and played a significant role in the formation and leadership of its Marriage Encounter program.
She enjoyed traveling, gardening, line dancing and exercising, but her favorite times were spent with family and friends.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Charles; three sons, John of Lafayette, La., Scott of the Town of Tonawanda and Charles of Chehalis, Wash.; four daughters, Michelle Facklam of Tulsa, Okla., Yolande Hasselbeck of Grand Island, Mary Gifford of Fredonia and Ruby Allaire-Graham of Cheektowaga; a sister, Susan Welsh of New Holland, Pa.; and 21 grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday in St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island. Burial will be in St. Stephen Cemetery.