Ruth A. Nealey

Age 71, passed away March 28, 2021 after a short battle with cancer.

Ruth retired from the Lansing School District following 25 years of dedicated service in elementary school, middle school, alternative education, and the pupil transportation departments.

For 20 years Ruth fought a fierce battle with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). “I have MS, but MS does not have me” she said. Determined that MS was not going to define her life or what she could do Ruth enjoyed traveling the country to attend conventions of interest and serving as a beacon of hope and inspiration for all; especially those with disabilities.

Ruth was born in Lansing Michigan on July 22, 1949 to Zeland and Geraldine Epps who preceded her in death, along with her brother Richard Epps; son Charles Green; daughter Susan Price.

Ruth is survived by her husband and partner of 35 years, Kenneth E Nealey of Lansing; daughter Cynthia Miller of Plymouth; son Robbie Needham of Muskegon; step-daughter Karen Shaw of Bullhead City, AZ; brother David Epps of Lansing; sister Berniece Epps of Owosso; sister Janet (Steve) Brown of Lansing; brother Roger (Cheryl) Epps of Mason; eleven grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

Due to COVID restrictions there will be a private service at 2:00 PM on Thursday, April 1, 2021. A live stream will be available at:

Those who wish may make memorial contributions, in loving memory of Ruth to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, or American Cancer Society.

An online guestbook may be signed or condolences sent to Ruth’s family at

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Rexine Finn
March 30, 2021 at 2:28 pm

Thinking of all of you in your loss knowing how difficult it is. Please know my prayers are with you that your many great memories will help you. May knowing that others care give you comfort.

Barbara Tucker
March 30, 2021 at 7:11 pm

Dear cousin Ken, I’m so sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing. My condolences to you and all her family.

Barbara Beardsley
March 31, 2021 at 9:11 am

Ruth will be greatly missed.she always had a kind word to deepest condolences to the family.

Sheri Howe
March 31, 2021 at 3:43 pm

Thinking of all of you during your time(s) of grief and sorrow. My condolences to all of Ruth’s family.

Mike & Pam Beach
April 1, 2021 at 8:21 am

So sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with you, Ken, and the family at this time.

Rosalyn Olson
April 1, 2021 at 11:36 am

Ruth’s courage and strength, always with a smile on her face, will forever live as an inspiration to all that will remember her. My deepest sympathy to Ken and all of her family.


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