Ruth Louise Forrest (Boothby) was born on July 29, 1936 in Lawrence Michigan to Leroy and Barbara Boothby. She was the youngest of five children and became school friends with Bert James Forrest at a young age. The two grew up and married on October 16, 1954. Sixty-seven years later, they have raised quite a family tree: Jeffery Bert James (Cathy) of Fairfield, Ohio, Jerrold Scott (Kathie) of Columbia, Tennessee, Jann Allan (Michelle) of Kalamazoo, Jilliaune Sue (Michael Bennett) of Argos, Indiana, and Julli Lynne (Robert Bennett) of Plainwell. Ruthie’s family was her pride and joy. Besides her five children, she is survived by her 20 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren (2 more on the way!). Each felt special when they were around her, and each carry those memories close to their hearts.
Ruthie was a magnet to people and always found someone she knew to talk to everywhere she went. She loved to crochet and has made many memorable items. She adored music and her life reflected that: she played the organ and piano, often by memory. Ruth’s life of service has extended from a career of physical therapy, caring for her own parents when they needed assistance, to packing bags of food for needy children in the area. She carried a green thumb and always had a prolific garden to share with friends and family. Ruth will be missed deeply as she was such a loving soul to those around her. She had such sweet giggles, a brilliant smile, and a flawless wink to let you know she loved you.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in her name.
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