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Loretta H. Ruff

July 12, 1911 — December 30, 2003

Loretta H. Ruff, 92, an area resident most of her life, living on Woodbury Drive, died at 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday, December 30, 2003, in Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, on July 12, 1911, Loretta was the daughter of Arthur and Minnie Thayer Handy. She attended Plymouth High School.

On February 11, 1930, in South Bend, Ind., Loretta and Elson E. Ruff were married. Elson died on November 12, 1997.

Loretta had been a production worker at McCord’s Corp. in Plymouth for over 30 years. She retired at the age of 62.

A dedicated Christian, she was a member of the Blissville Church of the Brethren for 73 years. Very active in her church, she was a Sunday school teacher and deacon of the church.

Loretta was also a past Matron of the Eastern Star, a Rainbow Mom and past president of the Business and Professional Women’s Club.

She loved to travel.

Loretta is survived by her two children: a daughter, Bev Wyman, Plymouth and Elson “Bud” (Rusty) Ruff, her son, of Naples, Fla.

Four granddaughters and two grandsons also survive. They are: Kimberly Miller of Bloomington, Ind.; Renee Bernardi, Bloomington, Ind.; Rachel and Mark Bennett, Mitchell, Ind.; and Ramona and Verlie Williams of Vallonia, Ind.

Her grandsons: Thad Wyman of Plymouth and Dr. Steven and Terrie Ruff of Indianapolis, Ind., survive, together with step-son Thomas and Laurie LaVonne of Bedford, Ind., 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Three sisters survive as well. They are: Alice Mikesell and Margurite St. Pierre, both of Culver, Ind., and Joy Klapp, living in Bartow, Fla.

Loretta was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister, Jeanette Chase and brothers Art, LeRoy and Lloyd Handy.

A celebration of her life and re-living of pleasant memories will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 3, 2004, at the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth. An Eastern Star Memorial Service for Loretta will be held at 7 p.m., following visitation.

Additional visitation will be for one hour prior to services at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 4, 2004, at the Blissville Church of the Brethren, 6250 Spruce Trail, Plymouth. The Rev. Jimmy Baker, pastor of the church, will officiate.

Interment will be in New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth.

Memorials in Loretta’s memory may be made to the Blissville Church or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
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