Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 4, 2012

Ruth Mae (Van Maren) Gilmore


TRAVERSE CITY — Ruth Mae (Van Maren) Gilmore, 86, of Traverse City, passed away on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at Munson Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family. Ruth was born on July 28, 1926, in Traverse City, to the late Frederic and Olive (Snow) Van Maren.

She graduated from Traverse City Central High and attended Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant.

After her time in school she worked at Michigan Bell in the business office.

She then met and married the love of her life, Miles B. Gilmore. They were united in marriage on May 1, 1948, in Traverse City. Together they lovingly shared 63 years of marriage.

She was a devoted homemaker and mother. She would always be there for her children's activities in school or sporting events. She often was called the "Neighborhood Taxi" for her children and their friends.

Ruth was a member of the First Congregational Church.

She enjoyed bowling, fishing on Long Lake, playing bridge with close friends, Dave and Joan, and dancing. She and Miles traveled extensively after his retirement.

Ruth will fondly be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, nana and grand-nana.

Surviving Ruth are her children, Denise (Timothy) Neason, of Middleville, Bryce (Ursula "Kay") Gilmore, of Libertyville, Ill., and Craig (Miriam "Dollie") Gilmore, of Traverse City; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Miles; and sister, Dorothy Preston.

Visitation for Ruth will take place on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, also at the funeral home. Dr Gary Hogue will officiate. Burial will take place in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association, Northwest Michigan Chapter, 921 W. 11th St., Suite 1W, Traverse City, MI 49684. Please sign Ruth's online guestbook at