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1730 East Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI

OBITUARY

Ruth Elizabeth Miller

May 3, 1933July 26, 2020
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Ruth Elizabeth Miller was born on May 3, 1933 in Queens, New York. She was the daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Stockinger. After her mother’s death, when Ruth was 8 ½ years old, she was raised by her father and stepmother, Addie Stockinger.

Ruth attended grade school in Roslyn Heights, New York and graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. She received her Master’s in Public Health Nursing from the University of Michigan.

Moving to Michigan in 1965, Ruth became an instructor at the St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Hancock, Michigan. She then moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she worked as a Charge Nurse in the Psychiatric wards of the United States Veterans Administration Hospital. In the early 1970s, she helped design the Michigan Technological University Department of Nursing.

She was married for 61 years to her childhood sweetheart, the late Roswell Miller. They are survived by their three sons, David (Deanna), Wayne (Holly) and Richard (Joy Waldrop). Also survived by seven grandchildren, Sarah, Catherine, Daniel, Alexandra, Michael, Morgan and Kendahl; and special friends, Jeff and LaRae Paulson.

Due to Covid-19, private services will be held. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home in East Lansing.

Recorded video of service can be found at https://www.facebook.com/163145830381110/videos/327677765080854/

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Memories

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Faith Morrison

August 8, 2020

David, Wayne, Richard and family, thank you so much for sharing your mother with us! And your father. Ruth and Ros Miller were two of the finest people I ever met. I worked with them both with the League of Women Voters of the Copper Country in Hougton Mi for many many years. What amazing people. Ruth was so smart, so insightful, so welcoming, so capable, so wise, so inspiring. It was an honor to work with Ruth on making democracy work. And they were indomitable. After her amputation, she still didn't let anything stop her. While traveling around MI they found inadequate handicapped facilities and oh you can bet the management was apprised of the needed upgrades! Ros took her everywhere. She baptized our back ramp, but it was inadequate. It's much better now Ruth! We missed them when they moved downstate, and Ruth was severe about Christmas letters: if you didn't reply, she would cull the list after a few missed exchanges. d'Oh! I usually found the time to at least write my card to Ruth so that I didn't lose touch. She reminded me so much of my own mother, also a League stalwart. We send you our condolences and great grateful appreciation. I cannot make the memorial in Houghton tomorrow as I am on a medical trip, but I'm thinking of you all.

Diane Swett

August 5, 2020

Remembering a Bates classmate who joined our class for her fifth year of nursing. How lucky we were to have Ruth's sunny smile and positive outlook added to our senior year. She returned for reunions and supported Bates after graduation as well as going on to make a name for herself in her field.
The Bates class of 1956 extends to all of you our condolences on your loss. We will share memories of Ruth when we are next together.
With best regards at this difficult time.
Diane Felt Swett

Gorsline Runciman

August 2, 2020

Services for Ruth can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/163145830381110/videos/327677765080854/

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Ardys Maki

August 2, 2020

I was the Music Director at Grace United Methodist in Houghton for several years. Ros was a member of the choir and Ruth was a fantastic supporter. The Millers became dear friends. We enjoyed spending time with them and our mutual friends, the Paulsons, Bell-Hansons and Bethany. We have many fond memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Sue Boyd

August 2, 2020

Wayne, Holly and family:
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Hold onto the prior-to-being-ill memories. She loved you all.
God be with you and grant you His peace.
Love, Sue

Rox and carl Strieby

July 31, 2020

You are all in our thoughts and prayers with more love than words can express.

GENE ORTNER

July 31, 2020

Ruth Miller was my neighbor for many years. She was a great neighbor and a wonderful friend. I will miss her very much.

Judith ERICKSON

July 30, 2020

Sorry to hear of mrs millers passing
She was 1 of my instructors in the nursing program at mtu,1976. She always treated everyone with respect .
I loved her lectures and especially when she shared memories about her family which was nice because as a student with 3 children and a 4th on the way gave me strength just listening to her

Loved the photos of her and family
I still recall the party she had for our class at her home. She was a great lady
We used to enjoy saying hi at various performances at the Rose at tech.
God be with her family
With deepest sympathy,
And fond memories,
Judy Erickson

Bobbie Dalquist

July 30, 2020

Ruth was a friend and neighbor of my mother, Ruth Best. Dan and I purchased Ruth and Ros's home on Portage Lake when they moved to Lansing. I wrote to her every year since they moved to update her on things going on with the house and the neighborhood. She always wrote back. I'll miss that connection to the home we've both lived in.

Barry Fink

July 29, 2020

Ruth was a beloved founding member of the League of Women Voters of the Copper Country. She is remembered fondly as a valued leader and a good friend.

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Biography

Ruth Elizabeth Miller was born on May 3, 1933 in Queens, New York. She was the daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Stockinger. After her mother’s death, when Ruth was 8 ½ years old, she was raised by her father and stepmother, Addie Stockinger.

Ruth attended grade school in Roslyn Heights, New York and graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. She received her Master’s in Public Health Nursing from the University of Michigan.

Moving to Michigan in 1965, Ruth became an instructor at the St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Hancock, Michigan. She then moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she worked as a Charge Nurse in the Psychiatric wards of the United States Veterans Administration Hospital. In the early 1970s, she helped design the Michigan Technological University Department of Nursing.

She was married for 61 years to her childhood sweetheart, the late Roswell Miller.

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