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Ruth Sykes Brady, WWII veteran, longtime nurse

July 2, 1919 – June 19, 2015

Ruth Sykes Brady, a registered nurse who served in the Navy Nurse Corps during World War II and was a mainstay in the Sisters Hospital recovery room during the 1970s, died Friday at Elderwood at Amherst. She was 95.

She was also a longtime active member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda, serving on its Bishop’s Committee and Altar and Rosary Society, and was a volunteer at both the Ladies of Charity thrift shop on Broadway and the Little Portion Friary on Main Street.

Born in Hartford, Conn. and brought up in Rutland and Brownsville, Vt., the former Ruth Miriam Sykes was a graduate of Windsor High School in Vermont, and earned her nursing degree in 1941 from the Peter Bent Brigham School of Nursing, the Harvard University teaching affiliate in Boston.

Her first position was as a public health nurse with the Vermont Health Department’s divisions of maternal and child health, assigned to the rural towns.

From 1943 to 1945, Mrs. Brady served as a lieutenant junior grade in the Navy Nurse Corps, based at the Portsmouth, N.H. Naval Hospital, and from 1945 to 1946 at the Jacksonville, Fla. Naval Hospital, where she met Vincent DePaul “Paul” Brady, a U.S. Marine who had just returned from duty in the South Pacific.

After marrying in 1946, in Brownsville, Vt., the couple moved to Buffalo where her husband taught physics at Canisius College before becoming director of the advanced technology research department at Bell Aerospace in Wheatfield.

Following his death, in 1969, Mrs. Brady worked as a volunteer, then full-time nurse in the recovery room of Sisters. She also provided private nursing care, over the years, to individuals in their homes.

Mrs. Brady – a Town of Tonawanda resident since the early 1950s – spent her later years traveling with family and friends throughout the U.S., Europe and the British Isles. She held season tickets to the Shaw Festival, Irish Classical and Studio Arena theaters, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Friends of Vienna chamber music concert series. She audited courses in art history, anthropology and music appreciation at the University at Buffalo; was an accomplished seamstress; and also enjoyed knitting, quilting and primitive rug hooking.

She is survived by three daughters, Ruth Mary Durand, Jean M. Fleming and Ann E. Brady; two sons, Vincent DePaul Jr. and William P.; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 263 Claremont Avenue, Town of Tonawanda.