Ruth Mary Guth

Novi, Michigan

Ruth Mary Guth, 89, formerly of Columbus, Indiana, died of natural causes September 8, 2015, at Maple Manor Rehabilitation Center in Novi, Michigan, where she had been living with her daughter, Pamela Sue Bennett, and son-in-law, Michael Bennett, for 11 years.

Ruth and her husband of 59 years, Bill Guth, lived in Mead Village of Columbus, Indiana, for 46 years, where they raised their three children.

Ruth was born November 17, 1925, in Bloomfield, Missouri. She had many fond memories and shared stories of being born and raised on a farm. Throughout her life, Ruth was known for her warmth, caring and beautiful smile.

After giving birth to three children, Ruth returned to college and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Butler University in 1964. She taught 16 years, one year at a one-room school house in rural Bartholomew County, Indiana, and 15 years teaching third grade at Rockcreek Elementary School where she lovingly contributed to the development and education of many local residents. She retired in 1980. She had been a member of First Presbyterian Church of Columbus, Indiana.

Mrs. Guth was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert F. “Bill” Guth; her parents, Verna and Omar Long of Dexter, Missouri; and siblings, Mildred Long of Bloomfield, Missouri, Walker Long of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and Vera Cook of St. Louis, Missouri.

Survivors include her three children, Donna “Elizabeth” Flanders of Ocean Park, Washington, Pamela Sue Bennett of Novi, Michigan, and Richard Guth of San Jose, California;  grandchildren, Regan Summers of Indianapolis, Indiana, Jeffrey Bennett of Clawson, Michigan, Chelsea Greer of Mobile, Alabama, and Michaela Estes of Puyallup, Washinigton; and six great-grandchildren.

Ruth will be inurned at Garland Brook Cemetery with her husband.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

At her request, there will be no public service.