Ruth S. Miller, whose career as a social worker in Western New York spanned seven decades, died Jan. 15 in ElderWood Health Care at Oakwood, Amherst. She was 89.
Born Ruth Sukernek in Buffalo, she was a graduate of Lafayette High School, where she was a member of Phi Epsilon sorority.
She earned a bachelor's degree in sociology in 1943 from the University of Buffalo, where she later earned a certificate in social work, as well.
Mrs. Miller's career in social work included stints with the Red Cross and the Children's Aid Society and longer tenures with Planned Parenthood of Buffalo and Mary Agnes Manor Nursing Home.
She continued doing part-time social work and clerical work as a volunteer into her 80s.
"She couldn't stand to be at home not doing something for other people," said her son, Ronald.
Mrs. Miller, who was the mother-in-law of Dr. Barry Weinstein, the Amherst supervisor, was active in politics. In the early 1950s, she was one of the first women nominated to run for public office in Kenmore by the local Democratic Party, although she did not win election to the school board.
She was a longtime volunteer with the Buffalo chapter of Hadassah and a lifelong member of Temple Beth El in the Town of Tonawanda, which later became Temple Beth Tzedek.
She was married for more than 60 years to Albert H., who died in 2005. In addition to her son, she is survived by a daughter, Lois M. Weinstein.