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Leftridge, Ruth R. 113 Allen Drive Ann Arbor, MI

Ruth R. Leftridge was born on August 6, 1912 in New Market, Tennessee. She was one of the 13 children of Boyce and Emma (Winston) Richardson. Ruth moved to Flint, Michigan in 1937 and shortly thereafter settled in Ann Arbor. She married William E. Leftridge on December 21, 1940 and he preceded her in death on June 4, 1990. Ruth was employed as a mail clerk by the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan, retiring in 1972. Following retirement, she earned an Associate of Arts degree at Washtenaw Community College. A member of Second Baptist Church from the time she moved to Ann Arbor, Ruth loved doing the Lord’s work. She taught Sunday School and served in other auxiliaries. She became president of the reorganized Missionary Society in 1966, serving in that post for 20 years. Ruth also was a member of the Deaconess Board and the church choir. She also was active with Church Women United of Ann Arbor and the American Baptist Women of Michigan. Ruth affiliated with Naomi Chapter #12, Order of the Eastern Star, which she served as chapter matron and also held the state office of Grand Associate Conductress. Ruth was called from labor to rest on December 27, 1991 at Boulevard Temple United Methodist Retirement Community in Detroit. She leaves to cherish her memory three daughters, Patricia A. (Stanley) Peny of Oak Park, Michigan, Sharon L. Leftridge and Janet R. Leftridge, both of Ann Arbor; three grandchildren, Mark Peny, Raymond Leftridge and Audra Asher; two great granddaughters, Brittany Rae Asher and Essence Leftridge; a sister, Reba Dunn of Flint; two brothers, Louis Richardson of Detroit and Boyce J. Richardson of New York, N.Y.; two nieces and one nephew. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 31 at Second Baptist Church, 850 Red Oak Drive with the Rev. Emmett L. Green officiating. Private burial will be held at United Memorial Gardens. Memorial tributes may be made to the Second Baptist Church Mortgage Fund or South Central Michigan Chapter-Alzheimer’s Association, Box 1713, Ann Arbor, MI 48106. The family hour will be 7-8:30 this evening at the church. Arrangements by MUEHLIG CHAPEL.