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“Ruthie was one of the sweetest and most graceful women you could ever meet. No matter the distance, her kindness was never more than a phone call or...Read More »
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“Ruthie was the epitomy of grace and kindness. She & Doug were so supportive of our Parkinson's group. We will all miss her. ”
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“Ruthie was lovely lady who will be missed by many friends and family. Her kind heart and contagious smile were always with her. She was fabulous...Read More »
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“She has touched so many peoples hearts. Always a kind word to say and a sweet smile. She had a wonderful way of making you feel special. I loved...Read More »
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“As a new neighbor to Ruthie, I only knew her for too short of a time.She was the sweetest and dearest lady. Always a beautiful smile on her face and...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Linell Slater

“Ruth always brought a smile on her face to everyone she met. She will always be remembered. To Doug and family our heartfelt sorrow inthe loss of...Read More »
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Ruthie O'Brien died January 29, 2013. She had lived in Rochester, MI for 28 years, formerly in Royal Oak, MI for 27 years. Ruthie was not originally from Michigan, however, as she was born in Grove Oak, AL. She and her family moved to Detroit when she was young. Ruthie was a loyal employee of Chrysler Corp. for 33 years, working as an Engineering Administrative Assistant. Additionally, she was a member of the Chrysler UAW Local 412. Ruthie also met and fell in love with her beloved husband, Doug, a Chrysler co-worker, while working at the company. They were married on October 19, 1985, and their relationship spanned 27 joyous years. Faith was very important to Ruthie, and she and Doug were active members of Central Free Will Baptist Church in Royal Oak for many years. She developed many wonderful relationships that she cherished through her church. Many will remember Ruthie as one of the kindest and sweetest women they had known. She could be described as a very elegant and classy lady, and she loved to spend time with her friends and neighbors. She will also be remembered for how proud she was of her husband, and the rest of her family that included four children and their spouses, eight grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Ruthie always tried to make others happy and proud of their accomplishments. One of the main ways she accomplished that was that she never, ever missed anyone's birthday or other significant event. Her family and friends have stockpiles of cards, congratulatory notes, and thank you notes sent by her commemorating any type of event or accomplishment no matter how big or small. That recognition Ruthie's loved ones received will always be cherished. Ruthie was the beloved wife of Doug for 27 years. Loving mother of Kevin & Kimberly, Bruce & Carol, Maureen & Robbin, and Edward & Rita. Grandmother of Nicole, Carley & Mike, Casey, Jonathan & Kristina, Jennifer, Sarrah, Kyle, and Kelly. Great-grandmother of Lilian. Dear cousin of Robin and many others. Daughter of the late Hollis & Emma Sizemore. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, February 4, 2013 - 11 a.m. at A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 2600 Crooks Road, Troy (Between Maple & Big Beaver), with Pastor Tom McCullough officiating. The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 3, from 11-8 p.m. and on Monday (Feb. 4) from 10:30am until the time of the service. Memorial Tributes may be made to: Central Free Will Baptist Church, 2005 Rochester Rd., Royal Oak, MI 48073.

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