Ruth Ellamae Eldridge

March 11, 1937July 16, 2021

Ruth Ellamae (Johnson) Eldridge, born March 11, 1937 in Alger, Ohio to Grant Ulysses Johnson and Molly Harper-Johnson, passed away on July 16, 2021. She graduated from Stockbridge High School in 1955 and Jackson Community College in 1958. She married Tom Eldridge in 1957.

Ruth worked as a nurse at Sparrow Hospital in the ICU for many years. She was Nurse of the Year in 1994, and retired in 1999 after 35 years at the hospital.

Ruth deeply loved God and her family. Especially dear to her heart were her grandchildren, Corey and Jessica. She very much enjoyed babysitting them and volunteering at their schools when they were younger. Ruth treasured her grandchildren deeply: they were everything to her. They were beautiful, kind, smart, incredible souls that she was proud of and prayed for continually and loved unconditionally. She will forever watch over them from Heaven above.

She was very involved in her church and loved the Lord her Savior with all her heart. Ruth loved her years being a nurse and often shared her faith with her patients. She had planned to work in Hospice so she could help people at the end of their life find the peace of Christ and know that He has a place for them. She was never able to do that, but Hospice ended up being a huge help and blessing to her in the last 4 1/2 months of her life.

She has reached her goal, her final destination. Her journey is over. She is victorious over death and pain. She has everlasting life forever with her Lord and Savior in Heaven. How awesome is that! She has touched many people's lives throughout her lifetime. Even though she will be greatly missed by many, we know she is with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and we will see her again one day.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Tom; her siblings, Barb Jarrell, Marge Greer, Bill Johnson, and June Honaker.

She is survived by her sisters, Mary Unum, Kita Moore, Brenda (Robert) Mason, Peggy (Jerry) Hegge, and Kay Fults; her daughter, Lisa Olney; and her grandchildren, Corey and Jessica Olney.

Graveside Services will be held on Wednesday, July 21 at 1pm at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, 4444 W Grand River Ave. in Lansing.

Memorial contributions may be made to Careline Health Group and Hospice, 103 S. Jackson St., Jackson, MI 49201.


  • Careline Health Group and Hospice


  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, July 21, 2021


Ruth Ellamae Eldridge

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Denise Egeland

July 22, 2021

Ruth was an excellent nurse, woman of faith, and mentor. She taught me a lot and I'm forever grateful. I hope your memories of her carry you through the difficult times.

Tammy Waldowski

July 21, 2021

My prayers to the family. May God be with you and comfort you during this difficult time.

Carol Lowe

July 19, 2021

Very sorry to see of her passing. I worked with Ruth for many years in the ICU. She was always a very good nurse and hard worker. I remember her going the extra step by giving a haircut, a shave, and praying with patients/families. I can still remember her mantra, this to shall pass. The picture in her on line obit is from her nurse of the year award. Though I haven't seen Ruth in years, I have thought of her. A wonderful lady. My best to Lisa and family.

Judy Cunningham

July 19, 2021

Having worked with Ruth for many years in the ICU, I remember her as a hard worker and a very dedicated nurse who cared greatly for her patients. I’m sorry for your loss.

Roger Young

July 19, 2021

My Condolences to Ruth's Family.

I was an Apheresis Specialist From The Lab and Spent Many Hours Treating Patients At Their Bedsides In ICU.

Ruth Was There Many Many Times And Was An Exceptional Nurse And An Exceptional Person.

I Have NO DOUBT, That She Will Be Missed.

Marilee Soltis

July 19, 2021

I fondly remember Ruth as a knowledgeable, caring nurse.