Marylouise (Noone) Ruby

Marylouise (Noone) Ruby of Caroga Lake, NY, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 4, 2018.

Born in Gloversville, NY, Marylouise was the daughter of John and Frances Noone. She attended Mt. Carmel School and Bishop Burke High School, and later earned both a BA from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, and a MA in education from SUNY Oswego. Following college and graduate school, Marylouise taught American History at Liverpool High School in Syracuse, NY.

In the early 1970s, Marylouise returned to Fulton County where she primarily devoted her time to raising her two children but was also very active in volunteering and public service. She was elected to and served on the Board of Education at Wheelerville Union Free School in Caroga Lake, and she became involved in local politics, where she built a reputation as a valued campaign worker and coordinator in local elections. Marylouise was the co-founder of one of the earliest pre-kindergarten programs to serve the children of Fulton County, NY.

As her own children grew, Marylouise successfully transitioned from her earlier career as an educator into the business world, where she initially worked as a legal secretary and paralegal to two prominent local legal practices. But her ultimate successes came as the owner and President of two Gloversville-based businesses. For the past thirty years, she and her husband, Rex, have co-owned and operated Fulton County Glassworks, a landmark of Gloversville’s South Main Street. In addition to being the friendly face and sharp business mind behind FCG, Marylouise also took opportunities to exhibit her creative skills by expanding the company’s services into new ventures and technologies like laser-etched glass giftware and custom sign-making.

When not running their business side-by-side, Marylousie and Rex enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren and dogs (never saying which they enjoyed more) at their camp on Sacandaga Lake. They also took frequent road trips with friends to area casinos, where they were more likely to return with an unforgettably funny story than a big jackpot win.

Marylouise was an avid reader and lifelong learner who took a passionate interest in current events and social issues. She frequently found deep personal rewards in the ability to directly impact the lives of others – particularly when she sensed she had a unique opportunity to do so.

Marylouise is deeply loved, missed, and survived by her husband, Rex Ruby; her son, Marty Farrant of Dallas, TX; her daughter, Mara Frasier of Gloversville; her three grandchildren, Katrina, Lucas, and Jace; and her brother, David Noone of Fayetteville, NC.

Donations in Marylouise’ memory may be made to the Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Avenue, Gloversville, NY 12078 or to the Ambulance Service of Fulton County, 8 Frontage Road, Gloversville, NY 12078.

A service of prayer and remembrance will be offered at a date to be announced.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Barter & Donnan Funeral Home, 1 N. Melcher Street, Johnstown.

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