Traverse City Record-Eagle


May 7, 2014

Gertrude Ann Ruder

CLARKSVILLE — Gertrude Ann (Bailey) Ruder, age 87, of Clarksville, passed away on Friday, May 2, 2014, at the Tidewell Hospice Center in Port Charlotte, Fla. She was born in Genesee Falls, N.Y., on March 17, 1927. Gertrude was the oldest daughter of Otto L. Bailey and Margaret Elizabeth (Holmes) Bailey.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Arthur Walter Ruder; seven children, Nancy Joy, of Marshall, N.C., Ann Marie (Phil) Roth, of Freeport, Rebecca Ruth (Chris) DeBlaey, of Wyoming, Mich., Rachel Elizabeth (Tim) Cash, of Annapolis, Md., A. Joseph (Cindy) Ruder, of Marion, Ind., Priscilla Grace (Ken) Bomgardner, of Annville, Pa., and Naomi Margaret (David) Wenger, of Three Rivers; siblings, Jim Bailey, Grace Chamberlain, Margaret Smith, Harold Bailey, Nancy Bailey and Dorothy Pugh; along with 18 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Preceding Gertrude in death were her parents, two brothers and one sister.

Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., at the West Berlin Wesleyan Ebenezer Center, 5110 Portland Road, Lake Odessa, MI 48849, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. till time of service. Pastor Glen Pettigrove will be officiating. Interment will take place at Clarksville Cemetery, Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be given to Houghton College, One Willard Avenue, Houghton, NY 14744. Please put “In Memory of Gertrude Ruder” in the memo line. Online gifts are accepted at

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