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Ruth WrightOn December 26, 2020, Ruth Janice Wright closed her eyes, quieted her pain and ascended to a beautiful place. Ruth was born to Clifford and Clara (Sullivan) Anderson on November 29, 1934, Thanksgiving Day. Ruth’s birthday was never again on Thanksgiving as President Roosevelt changed the date of Thanksgiving; our Grandmother never quite forgave him. Ruth was born in Spring Lake. In her early years the family moved to Muskegon, later moving again to the beloved family farm in Shelby, Michigan. It was there Ruth developed a love of animals, gardening, and the natural world. She learned to work hard and found enjoyment and fulfillment in that work. After completing high school, Ruth moved to Grand Rapids where she met Larry Wright at a root beer stand, they married on March 19, 1955. In just a few years they had three children; Larry Jr., Susan, and Judith. It was a good life consisting of hard work, many family vacations and raising Cocker Spaniel puppies to earn extra money. In the mid-60s the family moved to Kalamazoo where Ruth began a lifetime of service, helping to establish the first library branch in Oshtemo, leading 4-H groups, and serving as secretary of the church we attended. There was always a large garden, growing many fruits and vegetables for canning and cooking and sharing what was grown. In the early 1970’s Larry and Ruth moved the family to a farm near Galesburg where Ruth established one of the first organic farms in Kalamazoo County. For many years Ruth ran the u-pick business, cared for the horses, chickens, ducks, dogs and anything else that wandered in. In the fall there were piles and piles of pumpkins for sale in the yard. Many people returned home with Ruth’s pumpkin recipes after selecting just the right pumpkin. She continued to serve her community through 4-H leadership, fought against airport expansion into the area and served on the board of the Comstock Library. She was active in the Galesburg Business Association after she and Larry opened a real estate office. Frequent family gatherings were so important to Ruth, she enjoyed the cooking and fun when the extended family gathered together for picnics and holiday dinners filled with laughter and love. Preceding her in death are her husband; Larry: her parents: sister; Eleanor Verschueren: brother; Clifford Anderson Jr.: and son; Larry Jr. Ruth is survived by her daughters: Susan Wright and Judy Wright: daughter-in-law; Barbara Wright: grandchildren; Larry Wright III, Jennifer (Rob) Lint, Bill (Susan) Wright, David (Cynthia) Wright, and John (Marah) Wright: along with great-grandchildren; Larry Wright IV, Landon Wright, Eliana Lint, Emelia Lint, Wyatt Wright, and Ryan Wright: and many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. Conservation, protection and love of our earth was an important focus of Ruth’s life. In lieu of flowers please take time to recycle more or find a way to protect our environment through donation or action. A memorial gathering will be held later this year when it is safe to do so. Ruth, may you now be richly blessed for all your love and good deeds. The family is being assisted by McCowen & Secord Family Funeral Homes, Rupert-Durham Chapel, 409 S. Main St., Vicksburg, MI 49097. (269)649-1697
Ruth was a woman of conviction and stayed true to her beliefs even as her health declined. She also had a great sense of humor, a beautiful smile, and an infectious laugh...which she retained throughout her life. I loved hearing stories about her still wanting to recycle, not being wasteful with food, and talking about planning a garden even in the last couple years of her life. It's no surprise she was loved by so many people; she reaped what she sowed! I can only hope Sue, Judy, and the rest of the family have some solace in knowing that Ruth's suffering has ended and that she's reunited with her husband, son, and many beloved pets. Rest in peace, Ruth.
Connie Hart Jan 2 2021 10:50 AM
My memories of going to visit Aunt Ruth, Uncle Larry and my cousins as a child was always magical. It continued to be so as I grew older. The visits always started with a warm welcome from very special people. Then an introduction to a wonderful new way of life with open spaces, big barns, beautiful horses, fields of produce that actually came out of the ground not just from the aisles of the grocery store. Listening to the priceless stories, the laughter and enjoying Aunt Ruth's beautiful baked and canned goods. Laying in the grass looking up at the dark night sky discovering what a starlit sky really looks like. These are memories and an introduction that would stay with me my whole life. I haven't acquired acreage but just a little space outside the city to dabble in some gardening and rejoice in the beauty of nature and wildlife. I'm still hoping for a barn some day so I can go sit on a bale of hay with my foster kitties. My eyes fill with tears and my heart with remorse thinking of all I could have learned from Aunt Ruth and the Wright family, but I will never forget for the rest of my life, all that I did. Thank you for your kindness, love and magical memories.
Tamara Gaunt Dec 31 2020 2:43 PM
Condolences to Ruth's family. My heart is absolutely broken. Ruth was one of my favorite people on this earth. She would always make me laugh and smile. She had such a fun attitude, and I loved giving her all my attention when I was taking care of her. I know now she's in heaven and at peace. I love you Ruth! Thank you for coming into my life. I know I only knew you in your later years of life, but you've made such a big impact on me as a person. Because of you, I've learned patience, more kindness, love for animals, especially dogs, the beauty in small things. I remember coming to you sad because I was having a bad day. I didn't even tell you what was wrong but you told me "whatever man is making you sad, you don't need him. You are a beautiful girl and there are many men out there that will make you happy". You knew, without knowing. I'm so grateful to have known you. I watched over you your last few years, so please watch over me, I'll be keeping an eye out for you Ruthie! Love you :)
Cici Trent Dec 31 2020 12:44 PM
To all Ruth's family my condolences to you. I only have the last year and a half to knowing Ruth as a care taker. The love of her stuff dog is a prescious thing. She had a way or organizing any papers she had in hand. Always a throw away pile but for some reason that pile got bigger as she would tell me I have to look at them again. We had good days with many of laughs however bad days too. I will miss her dearly. Sherri
Sherri kniss Dec 31 2020 11:05 AM
I am dumbfounded by how little I knew about Aunt Ruth. She was an amazing woman in her own right. What I did know was her kindness with me never wavered. I truly loved Aunt Ruth for that. If I was ever judged by her I never knew it.
Dee Dee Dec 30 2020 11:25 AM
Susan, Judy and Family: May you find peace in the memories you share with your mother. She was one remarkable woman. My sincere condolences. Catherine Tiller
Catherine Tiller Dec 30 2020 1:34 AM
Aunt Ruthie was a remarkable woman. I have so many memories from my childhood. Holiday dinners, slideshows and movies, trips to the beach, camping, picnics and dogs. As adults, we talked about gardening ,pets and children. She was always quick to ask about my family and my life. But I think what Ill remember the most is her laugh, her droll remarks and her kindness. Kiss and hug your 2 Larrys for me. Kim
Kimberly Cooper Dec 29 2020 9:03 PM
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Judy Wright Dec 29 2020 12:47 PM
Sue and Judy, Sorry to hear of Ruth's passing. You are in my thoughts and prays. Ed Smith
Edward B Smith Dec 29 2020 10:14 AM
What a beautiful tribute written about Ruth. I met Ruth through her daughter Susan forty some years ago and during all that time Ruth was always the same, smiling, kind always caring for her family and animals. She passed her passion for loving animals and gardening to Susan, it shows in everything she does. Jeff and I had the pleasure of working with Larry when we sold and bought houses. He and Ruth worked hard for us and were patient with two people who didn't know much about real estate. I remember going to the farm and buying squash and Ruth giving me a recipe for stuffed squash. It is a favorite of ours and I still make it after all these years. When we moved to our present home in Indiana Susan brought Ruth down to see our home and go to Shipshewana for lunch. Ruth being Ruth brought us a rose bush for our yard which still is growing and blooming. It is a remembrance we will always have. Our last visit with Ruth showed the failing body but not her spirit. It was a sad visit but one that still had laughter in it. Ruth was a remarkable woman who lived life to the fullest and achieved so many things for the betterment of our world. I will always admire her strength and determination. Sending our love and sympathy to all of you. Colleen and Jeff
Colleen M Teeple Dec 29 2020 9:00 AM