Ruth J. Claggett
Ruth Jean Claggett, age 99, passed away peacefully on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at Chelsea Retirement Community, Chelsea, while surrounded by loved ones. Ruth was born Sept. 28, 1920 in Richmond the daughter of William Lee and Helen VanInwagen.
Ruth is most remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Ruth was an active member of the United Methodist Women, PEO, the Trillium Garden Club, Ikenobo Japanese flower arranging and the Audubon Society. Some of the many activities she enjoyed were golf, playing bridge, painting and gardening.
Ruth was preceded in death by her loving husband, Russell P. Claggett.
She is survived by her devoted children, Kathleen Schlagel, of Pinehurst, North Carolina, David Claggett, of Chocowinity, North Carolina; one sister, Mary Bowles, of Memphis, Tennessee; as well as six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces, a nephew and cousins.
She will be laid to rest with her husband at Richmond Cemetery in Richmond.
The family would like donations made to the United Methodist Retirement Community Foundation for the flower gardens.
Arrangements are by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.
Published on December 1, 2019


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Dr. Bill Howard
Dec 03, 2019
I consider it a privilege to have shared in Ruth's medical care during her residence in Traverse City. Her smile in the picture is the one I remember. I am so pleased she was able to live a full and enjoyable life!