Elizabeth Ruth Tuttle

July 3, 1929December 6, 2012
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Age 83, died December 6, 2012 at Lansing Sparrow Hospital, “after the long goodbye of Alzheimer’s.” Betty was born in Evanston, IL, July 3, 1929 to Clinton A. and Ruth S. (Stuart) Hall. When she was age seven, the family moved to Lowell, MI where she graduated from high school in 1947. She then attended Michigan State, receiving a BA in 1951 and an MA in 1958, both in Elementary Education. She married Elvin E. “Tut” Tuttle, June 23, 1951. Betty was a housewife and mother to two children. She also taught Pre-school and Co-operative Nursery School part time for twelve years, and Kindergarten for 20 years in the Lansing School District from 1970 until her retirement in 1991. Betty was a member of Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ. She was a Red Cross blood donor, having donated 18 gallons. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, spending time with her grandchildren and doing volunteer work, especially since her retirement. Betty’s primary hobby was bell collecting and she was a long-time member of the American Bell Association. She also had local and national memberships in LSEA, GLARSP, CMAEYC, CMCCN and Phi Delta Kappa. She was predeceased by one brother, Thomas S. Hall. She is survived by Elvin, her husband of 61 years; brother Dr. Robert C. (Linda) Hall of Indiana, daughters Linda K. (Jerry) Jacobs and Heather S. (Tony) Caterina; grandchildren Katrina Jacobs, Holly (Steven) Hetherington, and Rebecca and Michael Caterina. After organ donation, her body was cremated. Visitation will take place 2-4 & 6-8P.M on Sunday, December 9th at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, 900 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912, and one hour prior to the Memorial Service which will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, December 10th, at Pilgrim Congregational UCC, 125 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing, MI 48912. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the church, or to the charity of your choice, in memory of Betty Tuttle. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at


  • Visitation Sunday, December 9, 2012
  • Visitation Sunday, December 9, 2012
  • Visitation Monday, December 10, 2012
  • Memorial Service Monday, December 10, 2012

Elizabeth Ruth Tuttle

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Dick & Linda McCreight

December 19, 2012


I'm so sorry to hear that you lost Betty. I'll always remember how welcoming you and Betty were to Linda and me when we moved to Lansing as newlyweds back in 1969. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

derek johnson

December 15, 2012

Mrs. Tuttle was my pre-school and kindergarten teacher at Oak Park Elementary from 1974 to 1975. I am grateful she chose the profession she did. I have never forgotten what a great teacher she was and am sorry for her families loss. She will always be remembered fondly.

December 10, 2012

Dear Uncle Tut, Linda, Heather and families,
We were sad to hear about Aunt Betty's passing. She had such a lovely smile. I remember visiting with all of you as a teenager. I enjoyed seeing all of your collections. Will pray for God's comfort for all of you as rejoice in happy memories of Betty.
Kathy (Hall) Wilford and family

December 10, 2012

Dear Heather, Tony, Michael and Rebecca, we are so sorry of your loss and pray you will find comfort in the wonderful memories of your mom/grandma. I remember her beautiful smile and welcoming demeaner, especially with little ones. Many bells are ringing in heaven, I'm sure! You are in our thoughts and hearts, love to all, John and Cindy (Karazim)

Linda Moloney

December 10, 2012

You will be missed by so many. I have enjoyed having you as a neighbor all these years. So many fond memories, you have always been an Angel and you are now a Perfect Angel forever. Rest in peace, you deserve it.

Betty Tuttle

December 9, 2012

Dear Uncle Elvin, Linda, Heather and your families You know how much we love you and Aunt Betty too.Our love and prayers are with you at this sad time. We love you Pam and Diane

Bob & Tricia Goldsmith

December 8, 2012

Dear Uncle Elvin & family - I hope you know how much we love you and loved our Aunt Betty too ! You both have always been such a wonderful couple, and we will miss her terribly. I wish we could be there to hug you all, but as you know we are in Florida. Please know we are there in spirit and loving you so much. God bless you, Bob & Tricia XO

Jan Curry Winiarski

December 8, 2012

An awesome woman who unconditionally loved everybody her daughters brought home. She always made me feel like one of the family. God keep you, Betty.

December 8, 2012

Tut-- We enjoyed you and Betty as our neighbors on Foster St. My condolences to you and the girls.