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Ruth Louise Gillette, age 92, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.


She was born on May 18, 1928, in Grand Rapids, to the late Wesley & Effie (Stevens) Crips.


Ruth married Robert “Bob” Gillette on October 22, 1947, in Grand Rapids.


She worked for Kenowa Hills Public Schools as a secretary for twenty years, retiring in 1988.


Ruth enjoyed  boating, skiing, animals, crafts, knitting for missionary’s, attended Calvary Undenominational Church for many years.


She was a member of Michigan Education Association and was past president of the PTO of Kenowa Hills.


Survivors include her husband, Bob Gillette; children, Gail (Wes) Sietsema and Mark (Maria) Gillette;  grandchildren, Melanie & Matthew Sietsema and Rachel & Jonathan Gillette;  brother-in-law, Warren Stadt; and many nieces and nephews.


She is preceded in death by her parents; infant son, Robert L. Gillette Jr.; sisters, Norma Stadt, Lola (Mert) Conner, Beulah (Bud) Pauwee and Betty (Bill) Miller;


Visitation will be held from 10:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at Wellspring Community Church, 4466 Bauer Rd, Hudsonville, MI 49426 with Pastor Steve Gibson officiating.  Burial will be at Rest Lawn Memorial Park.


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Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Anne Prather on September 9, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    I’m very sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you today.

  2. David Morin on September 9, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    Ruth was a pillar in her family and a devoted mother to her son Mark and daughter Gail.
    May Ruth rest in the arms of Jesus
    and may her soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed rest in the mercy of His Name, Amen.

  3. Beth & Al Palmer on September 10, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    We are sorry to hear about your loss.

    Ruth was a wonderful neighbor and a kind person to us. We will miss her.

  4. Dennis Nowland/Patsy L on September 16, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    Uncle Bob, Cousin Gale and Cousin Mark,
    Gale, thank you for telephoning me on the 16th. My wife, Patty and I watched the video. We loved the photos, particularly the last with all eight Gillette children, in order. God bless them all and Lord bless you and yours.
    Your Cousin Denny.

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