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Ruelba Mulligan Brede

February 24, 1936May 14, 2020

Ruelba Mulligan Brede of Bloomfield Hills; passed away May 14, 2020; age 84; after a brief but brave battle with cancer. Wife of the late Jerome Edward Mulligan and Frederic W. Brede. She was known as Rubie to her many dear friends, to her brothers Bill (dec.) Lew and Bert and their families as “Sis” or “Aunt Sis”, and to Liz, Jerry (Karen), Kevin (Dee Ann) as Mom. To Katie, Jerome and Michael as Grandma.

She will be long remembered for her many accomplishments at a Bridge table, her remarkable knitting skills, and her keen sense of humor (she loved to tell and hear a great joke). She had a lifelong passion for music and loved to attend the Symphony. She was an accomplished pianist and sang in her church choir for years. Her favorite accomplishments involved cooking for the pleasure of others as she deeply understood the communal and therapeutic power of food and dining together.

A memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers or gifts, and in the true spirit of Rubie, please reach out to a loved one, find an old friend or someone in need and make an effort to comfort them in some way.


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Lew & Mary Lou PITCHFORD

May 19, 2020

Our memories of Sis include many pleasant visits with Sis, Bert, Mary Lou and I sitting around the table building a puzzle while reminiscing about times many years ago. Laughing, joking and enjoying being together. Enjoying meals was a special occasion. Breakfast was a special occasion; Sis prepared pancakes and sausage for each one of us while we all leisurely enjoyed our orange juice, coffee and both serious and light conversation. Dinner was another special time; Sis enjoyed preparing a bountiful feast, often with her family coming to join us for a wonderful evening sitting around the long dining table.
Her week long visits to Columbia to spend precious time with Mother at the Nursing home were greatly appreciated by Mother and by us She would spend the entire day with Mother, sometimes playing bridge, getting to know Mother’s friends, taking Mother for walks and joining other activities. She appreciated the staff and helped them as well as helping other residents. Recently, while shopping, I saw a staff member who remembered Sis from 18 years earlier, being so involved and so caring that she still has vivid memories of her visits. Sis was following the path Jesus taught his disciples,

Mark Yerex

May 17, 2020

Liz, Jerry and Kevin,

So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was filled with love, laughter and sass and she was forever a fixture at my mom's kitchen table. So many happy memories of those times.

Our love and condolences to you and your families.
Mark and Lori

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