Ruth Meredith Davis passed away February 16, 2013 at Bortz Health Care, in Petoskey Michigan. She died peacefully while recovering from a hip fracture suffered the week prior. She resided in Cross Village with her lifelong partner and best friend Betty Menzi. She was born on January 4, 1923 in Benbush, West Virginia to Samuel Davis and Fanny Roy Davis.
Ruth was a woman of great determination who exhibited a total commitment to quality education. Dr. Davis earned degrees from Bowling Green University and is the holder of a doctorate from The Ohio State University. She joined the faculty of Western Michigan University in 1961 having previously served as a teacher and coordinator of elementary physical education with Adrian Public Schools. For twenty five years Ruth served at Western Michigan University, masterfully blending her skills and enthusiasm with the programs and faculty of the university. She demonstrated leadership and initiative in her areas of interest and responsibility. Ruth provided her students with knowledge, experiences and a good foundation upon which they could build both personal and professional success. She earned the reputation for her devotion to duty and genuine concern for the welfare of her students. She retired with honors from WMU's department of Health, Education, and Physical Education.
Ruth enjoyed a long retirement in Northern Michigan. She was an outdoor enthusiast who loved to work in her garden and take long walks along the shores of Lake Michigan. She was an avid golfer who played with amazing skill well into her eighties. She was a strong, intelligent woman who possessed a quick wit and great sense of humor. Ruth was an inspiration and a role model for her many nieces and nephews and countless others whose lives she touched. She will be greatly missed.
Ruth leaves behind her family many of whom still live in West Virginia. She had many nieces and nephews who reside in Michigan, Ohio, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. She was the last surviving child of seven; Gladys, Noble, Rena, Tina, Odessa, Violet Davis.
There will be a memorial service and family reunion held on June 15 in West Virginia. Her ashes will be buried between her mother and father. There will be another celebration of her life this summer held at her home in Cross Village. The remaining ashes will be scattered along with Betty Menzi's.
Donations can be made to the Little Traverse Conservancy, 3264 Powell Rd, Harbor Springs and The Women's Resource Center, 423 Porter St, Petoskey.