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Patricia Ann “Patsy Parks, age 50, of Belding, went Home to her Lord peacefully on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010 surrounded by her family.

The daughter of Delbert D. & Patricia Ann (Wilson) Ruid, she was born on November 13, 1959 in Belding. Patsy was a graduate of Saranac High School and had worked as a receptionist at Metro Health Hospital in Grand Rapids. She was preceded in death by her father, Delbert Ruid; and a brother, Thomas Ruid. She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Trisha & Lee Trevino, and Cassandra & Ron Schnicke, all of Belding; her mother and step-father, Patricia & Jeff Jeffers; her grandchildren, Jordan Vanderlip, Isaac Vanderlip, Anna Schnicke, and Keegan Schnicke; her fiance’, Randall Conner, and his children, Joshua, Amber, and Kristine, and his grandson, Logan; her brothers, Ken Ruid, Mike Ruid, Ronald & Kathy Ruid, Dale & Angie Ruid, and Tim & Lori Ruid. Also surviving are her life-long best friend, Kate Huizinga; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 at Shiloh Community Church, Orleans, with a luncheon following.

Envelopes for memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association will be available at the church. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Patsy’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.ChristiansenCares.com

Arrangements were entrusted to the Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Greenville.


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  1. Anonymous on November 1, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Guestbook

    03/30/2012 –

    Dale Ruid

    Sissy please take care of Mike, he is with you now. there is only four of us left here. I miss you. Life just isnt the same here. Amy Jo still talks about you, I dont know how she remembers you but she does.You were the one person that always called me out, and its because of that that im still here. Thank You.


    01/13/2012 –

    Dale Ruid

    Hey sissy mike coulson has went home please walk him theough it …. Im sure you run the place by now lol. I MISS YOU MORE EVERY DAY.


    03/02/2011 –

    Trisha Trevino

    We still think of you Every day, not a day goes by that I don’t shed tears. I know you are no longer in pain & that you are loving your wings. Yet, I still wish I could pick up the phone & hear your voice. I Love You Momma… I didn’t think it would be so hard without you here. The boys speak of you often & embrace the memories they will forever have. I as well look back through the years & at times I let you down, I will forever be sorry for that. However you understood & as a loving mother it didn’t matter to you. You were the most loving & forgiving soul I have ever known. I couldn’t have gotten through times without you, now I wonder how I will get through times in the future without your advice. Momma you are missed tremendously, however it wasn’t goodbye! It was until we meet again! I can’t wait for the day that you are sent for me because that day I will greet you with a smile on my face & a warm embrace. Until then I will continue to cherish the memories & share stories of your love to the boys. They miss their Nana, as I miss my Momma Always & Forever Your Treeondros, JP & Izzy


    12/01/2010 –

    Donna OBrien

    All my love and sympathy to Aunt Pat and all of my cousins and extended family. Patsy will be missed and the memories of the times we spent when we were all young are forever in my heart, especially the Christmases we shared together.
    Love Always Donna


    11/27/2010 –

    Dale Ruid

    Patsy you and I were alike in so many ways and so close. Though i try to hold back the grief because “its selfish damn it” but Patsy it is so sad here without you I LOVE YOU!!! Forever missing you DELBY


    11/16/2010 –

    Dennis lathrop

    I’m so sorry to miss the service I unexpectedly had to work until 6am Sat morning. By the time I woke up and found out the details it was already 1130.I hope you all will forgive me.for.not.being there.But this is not about me its about my favorite cousin more like a sister really since we were double related and so close in age being born only about 13 months and 13 days apart.I guess the number 13 is’nt so unlucky when such a wonderful person was born on that day.I did’nt always do the best job of keeping in touch with her and visiting her and I’m very sorry for that especially now.I hope she will forgive me.and I hope it did not.hurt her.But we always had a special bond between us no matter what. My favorite memory of here has to be when we went down to the creek and she snatched me a frog out of the water,which I took home in a coffee can. I had a heck of a time trying to coral that frog back in G.R.at our apartment without her there to help me,because being a city boy at the time ,I was scared to death to touch the frog.She was like a bright spotlight on a dark world and I hope to someday be in a place with her where we can spend as much time together as we want. Love your cousin ,Dennis


    11/13/2010 –

    sheryl smith

    patsy and i grew up together,we went to a one room school in kindergarten with all our brothers and sisters.she was a very good friend, we hung out a lot in our younger years,but as we aged we kinda went our own ways and {sad to say} we did’nt see each other much. i will never forget her. rest in peace,patsy god bless you!


    11/13/2010 –

    Rebecca Newland

    Patsy will be Greatly missed,I will never forget all the Memories she gave me and my family I knew her about 29 yrs She was their with the Birth of my Sons, Ron and Chris and Walked the Halls all night,she was a very Special Aunt My Children They thaught the world of her. When I divorced her brother,She said you did not divorce me and We still seen each other on occasion,and went out to eat together,She made it comical and would take the place settings home with her salt and pepper shakers,Silverware, her mom would get after her but she still took it home in her purse. She helped me through the Death of my Son Chris and Wrote me a special letter on how much he meant to her and how she would see him again,I will Cherish that. Her nick name for me was Brat,When we were younger she use to show me how to cook,cause I could’nt But she was a great cook. she handed down some special recipes, I remember staying with her and telling her that I did’nt like it in the upstairs bed rms when we were younger,she’d tell me quit being a big wuss,She liked to pick. Patsy was like a sister to me and will never be forgotten,I will Cherish all the Special Memories we had together, Though I will Miss her , I will one Day see her again in Heaven. My Deepest Sympothy Goes out to each and everyone of the Family. God Bless You all.


    11/10/2010 –

    Cathy Huizinga

    By Cathy “Kate” Huizinga Patsy, a part of my life for 35 years. Always there, would lend an ear when I needed one. Even as her disease progressed, she was there & didn’t complain, always thought of others. She had a dry sense of humor & had a quick “come back” that would make me laugh. She called me as “Kate” about 20 years ago & it stuck. We’d go for breakfast weekly for many years. The summer before her kidneys failed, we had a “GALS WEEK” & went camping just us, towed the camper, set it all up, when we were starting our campfire, an elderly man asked if we needed a boy-scout to get a fire going. We said “NAW, THANKS, we don’t need a boy-scout, we can do it” & had a fire going in no time. When she was feeling well enough, we’d go to craft shows & festivals, we’d go to the Danish fest in Greenville, craft shows at Saranac & Lowell & others. The potpourri that we’d find at the Fallasburg festival was her favorite. As the years went by, she had more and more surgeries… after having her pace-maker put in earlier this year, she became “our bionic woman”. We shared birthdays that are 6 days apart and celebrated w/a special birthday meal out and set up the tripod & camera to take our annual photo. She was my best friend. She was a beautiful person and I will cherish my memories of her. I miss you Pats.


    11/09/2010 –

    Suzanne Costilow

    I have many fond memories of Patsy, especially as children. I can remember when we were kids I couldn’t wait to go to Michigan and visit with Aunt Pat and my cousins. Patsy was so cute and would come runnig out to our car laughing and jumping with excitement. We would brush each others hair and play for hours. I always thought she had the pretiest hair. I think maybe one reason she was so excited to see us was that she was the only girl in a house full of boys; and having her girl cousins around as a treat. I remember trips to the store for candy and pop; playing and laughing all the way. Although we lost contact for many years I will never forget her or her smile or her laughter. May she rest in the hands of our Lord Jesus and fianally have peace. I love you, Patsy


    11/09/2010 –

    Sheri Sparks Wise


    11/09/2010 –

    Terry Roberts

    This message is for whomever approves the guest book. I just left a message on here and may have not had my full email on there. Just wanted to make sure, no need to post this message on the guest book. thanks


    11/09/2010 –

    Kelly Knapp

    Trish, My family and I are so very sorry for the loss of your mother. Your thoughts and prayers are with you. The family of Bryan Knapp


    11/09/2010 –

    Terry and Lindsey Roberts

    Iam sad that our family stopped getting together for so many years. You will be missed Aunt Patsy. Until we meet again, rest well. Tell Granny and Pa I said hello


    11/09/2010 –

    chasity lester

    I remember Patsy as a very sweet woman, when i was growing up and i needed a shoulder or even a hug Patsy was always there for me! growing up she was like a second mom to me. I will never forget her kind heart and loving ways towards all who knew and loved her. she will be sadly but greatly with many fond memories, always remembered by all who came into contact with her, because after you met Patsy she forever was a part of your life. She touched many lives, some in small ways and in others a bigger way. No matter in what way she touched you, that mark will be forever embossed in our lives, with the love that Patsy shared with all of us! I will always remember you and the love and kindness you gave to me in my many times of need! I love you Patsy! Forever touched and embraced in your love we will march on til the end of our days! Until we meet again… May God cherish this angel he brought home! God BLess!


    11/08/2010 –

    Cassie Schnicke

    My mother was probably the STRONGEST woman I’ve ever known! She faced her fears and every obstacle thrown her way to the best of her ability and I couldn’t be prouder of her for that. She always knew how to make you smile when you were down and was there when you needed a shoulder to cry on. She loved her family friends from the bottom of her heart and with such passion. Also, Mom was a very persistant woman, she seldom gave in to something she didn’t want. She had a heart of gold and was always there to lend a hand when possible. My mother fought a long hard battle and I admire her for that. You will be greatly missed Mom and know oyu’re always loved from the bottom of our hearts!!!! I LOVE YOU, Cassie Lee


    11/07/2010 –

    Trish, Jordan, Isaac & Lee

    Mom, you & our family were SO Blessed to have the hugs, smiles, & I Love You’s in your final hours. I will always cherish every smile & talk we had over this time. The boys love you & we all continue to Pray for you. We Love you Forever & Always Momma & Nana.


    11/05/2010 –

    tracy danks

    She was a truely great woman!She will be greatly missed!


    11/04/2010 –

    Sara Beck

    Patsy, You were a great friend to my parents and I. I will always remember your smiling face and the jokes and great talks we had together. I will miss you.


    11/04/2010 –

    Marc , Kathy,James and Lauren Sullivan and Alexis

    Trisha and family,please have faith that she is with the Lord Jesus and in no pain. We have lite a candle at our church asking God to take care of her. Wish we could be there. We love you Trisha


    11/02/2010 –

    Phyllis Luttrell

    Patsy you were a very special lady, God only takes the best. We had many talks and laughs I will miss you my friend.
    My love and condolences to your husband, daughters,mom and other family members. May God Bless all of you at this time. Phyllis


    dorris &irvin jones

    we are so sorry to hear that pat.s daughter patsy. had to leave the family so soon . we met her at her moms and my brother jeff and pats wedding . she was a very nice person. she is with the angels now, love to all irvin and dorris jones. jeffs. sister and brother inlaw


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