Traverse City Record-Eagle


February 26, 2014

Ruth Stevens

TRAVERSE CITY — Ruth Stevens, 76, of Traverse City, passed away on Feb. 23, 2014. She was born on Aug. 9, 1937, to Frank and Dorothy (Harrigan) Houghton in Traverse City.

Ruth married Charlie Stevens on June 26, 1993. Together they owned and operated Lookout Bar in Walton Junction for several years.

Ruth worked as a teacher’s aid for TBA at Cherry Knoll Annex and retired after 20 years of dedicated service. In her spare time she opened her home to care for foster children and the elderly.

She kept a beautiful flower garden and was well known in the community.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Charlie; daughters, Teina (Rick) Cain and Jody (Paul) Zemsta; stepchildren, Kevin (Michelle) Stevens, Lori (Rick) Souza, Linda Anderson, Lisa (Elliott) Poger and Charlie (April) Stevens; grandchildren, Tonya, Jamie (Shawn) and Alex (Jordan); 12 step grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; siblings, Susan Morgan, Mick (Freda) Houghton and Joann Bembeneck; foster child, Luci (Steve) Stauffer; and brother-in-law, Charlie Frye.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, George E. Morgan in 1979; daughter, Tonya; and sisters, Rosie Shearer, Nancy Frye and Peggy Knight.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Covell Funeral Home in Kingsley, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the funeral service starting at 2 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Special Olympics Michigan, 1120 E. Campus Drive, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Kingsley.

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