Ruth H. Guyer, a lifelong resident of Bridgehampton, passed away at her home on February 26. She was 71 years old.
Ruth “Grandma Buzzy” was born on October 28, 1941 to Miriam Fickeissen and Allen Hedges. After completing Bridgehampton High School, she attended State University College at New Paltz from 1959 – 1963. Upon graduation, she started her teaching career at the Southampton Elementary School. On April 18, 1964, she was married to Fred Guyer, also of Bridgehampton. Soon after, she put her career on hold to start raising her three children, Catherine, Michael and Debra.
With her love of teaching calling and daughter Debra reaching nursery school age, Mrs. Guyer went back to work as the teacher/director of the Bridgehampton Cooperative Nursery School. When the opportunity arose, she returned to teach at the Bridgehampton School in the kindergarten and later in the pre-k program. Throughout her life she felt blessed to do what she loved doing, working with children. Being a lifetime member of the Bridgehampton United Methodist Church, Mrs. Guyer taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and held various offices within the church. One of her other loves was being a part of the Red Hats where she served as Queen Mum.
Mrs. Guyer was predeceased by her husband Fred in November 2010, her mother in March 2012, her father in July 1981 and her sister Florence Lanz. She is survived by brothers Edwin and Albert of Bridgehampton, Eugene of Washington, David of Texas, T. William and John of Arizona, sister Margaret Makowski of Jamesport, sister-in-law Mary Ann Guyer of Hampton Bays, numerous loving sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Also, son Michael and wife Rebecca Guyer of Sag Harbor and daughters Catherine and husband Paul Hansen of Sag Harbor and Debra Guyer and husband Humberto Leon of Bridgehampton. And six grandchildren, Maizy, Keegan and Greylynn Guyer, Hunter and Austin Hansen and Oscar Leon.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ALS Association of Greater New York or the American Cancer Society.