Ruth M. Farmer

Ruth A. Farmer, 90, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.  She was born on November 8, 1926, in Ypsilanti, Michigan, to Calvin and Anna (Merz) Meredith.  After graduating from Sexton High School, she earned a B.S. in Home Economics in 1950 and a M.A. in Home Economics Education in 1977 at Michigan State University. She retired from the Lansing School District in 1989 from her position as an Administrator.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Edward H. Farmer.  She is survived by her two daughters; Susan (James) Bonfiglio of Okemos and Margaret (Albert) Robitaille of Kalamazoo; grandchildren, James Bonfiglio, Andrew Robitaille, Jesse Robitaille and family and Nicole Rairigh and family, sister Dorothy Ferley of Houston, Texas, and niece and nephews. She was a longtime member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Zonta Club of Lansing, lifetime MSU Alumni Association, MSU President’s Club and the Capitol City Quilt Guild. She served on the board of Community Mental Health, the Children’s Trust Fund and the YWCA.

A memorial service will be held at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.  Her family will receive friends at the funeral home from 4:00 pm until service time on Tuesday. A reception will follow at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 W. Ottawa, Lansing, MI 48933. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, in memory of Ruth Farmer. Special thanks to Independence Village of East Lansing and Compassus.

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Linda Kuhlman
June 23, 2017 at 10:43 pm

Ruth holds a special place in my heart. I’m piecing in her memory tonight. Hugs to all her family.
I will not be able to go to the service as I wills be at Grandparents University with my Andrew. Go Green.

Alice Rogers
June 24, 2017 at 8:56 am

I am so sorry Ruth and I had taught together at Eastern and Ruth was a special friend. I missed seeing Ruth but could call her on our cell phones.

Alice Rogers
June 24, 2017 at 8:58 am

Ruth was one of my dear friends – I could call her and we would have a wonderful conversation. Ruth and I taught together at Eastern many years ago. Ed was also a friend of ours. Sorry I will not be at the Memorial Ser4vice

Ruth Dukelow
June 24, 2017 at 9:15 am

Ruth was a dear quilter friend. Like Linda, I am quilting today in her memory. Much love to her family.

Nancy Orler Russell
June 24, 2017 at 10:27 am

Ruth’s daughter, Margaret, has been my friend since childhood. I have many fond memories of my childhood and many of them include Margaret and her mom, Ruth.

Candy Edgerton
June 24, 2017 at 3:59 pm

Dear Magrit and Susan,
I am so sorry for your loss. I will forever refer to her as”Mrs Bushy Tail”. She was a very strong and proud woman that loved you both dearly. Magrit (my special spelling) we have a ton of great memories with her and my heart aches for you. May you find comfort in your grief. Love you lots!

Marilyn Maloney
June 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Ruth was a wonderful friend and I shall miss her very much. May she rest in God’s eternal love and peace. My prayers for her family.

Kristi Beukema and Ken Widing
June 26, 2017 at 9:17 pm

Dear Susan and Margaret, I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom. She was a wonderful lady – creative, smart, wise, and generous with all her talents. I remember Farmer/Beukema get-togethers – lively times with good food and lots of laughter. Those were the days! You all are in my heart forever. Love, Kristi


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