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Ruth Thelma Whitten, 95, of Traverse City passed away Oct. 28, 2017 at the Grand Traverse Pavilions.
Ruth was born on Sept. 1, 1922 at her home in Lake Ann to the late Effie Augusta (Stetson) Beckwith and William Reed Beckwith.
Ruth graduated from Traverse City High School in 1940. She was a psychiatric nurse for the state hospital for 25 years. She retired in 1982.
In her spare time she enjoyed completing cross word puzzles, reading, visiting yard sales and gardening. She also loved animals. Ruth also loved clouds and would often comment on their unique shapes and beauty.
Ruth is survived by her children, Sandra (Perry) Oswald, of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, Judi (Lonnie Miller) Banaszewiski, of Traverse City, Robert (Christine) Whitten, of Interlochen and Ruthanne (William Rennie) Whitten-Rennie, of Lake Ann; 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren.
Ruth will be laid to rest at the Lake Ann Cemetery on July 28, 2018 at 11:30 am. The family will celebrate her life at the Lake Ann Lake Front Park after the interment.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Salvation Army.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your memories with the family.
Published on October 31, 2017
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