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November 14, 2016

I would have thought Aunt Ruby had been born with her signature French twist, but she loved to show a picture of her and Mother (Mable), kids cutting wood with a crosscut saw. The elegant aunt who came to visit with her fashionably dressed daughters Bettie and Dottie gave this farm girl a glimpse into suburban life. I still have the bottle of Ermarude she gave me as a kid because I told her she smelled good. When I went to work in 1964, I saw the stationery she had used--Crane "red Florentine"--in a store, bought it and still use it.
A hard worker, even before she retired, she and Uncle Jack had an intensive garden/orchard in Warren. Moving to Ypsilanti, she gardened with Bettie and Don past her mid-90s, even when she had to ride to the garden to pick beans, etc. The way she grew, canned and ate green beans, I decided they were the fountain of youth. Through at least 2015, she was still breaking beans to can and peeling apples to process. (In Michigan, they even pick apples to feed the deer. We make deer pick their own apples or wait until they fall.) When not gardening, she sewed. How many of the new mothers receiving a baby quilt from the hospital knew that quilt had been made by a woman well into her 90s? She lived her faith every day. When Uncle Jack and Dottie went on mission trips, she kept things running at home. Fiercely independent, she didn't want to be waited on and at 98+ still prided herself on living separately and waiting on herself. Until her final month, she continued to be very private: walking to the bathroom, bathing and caring for herself even after she knew "it won't be long." She was truly remarkable and is fondly and reverently remembered.
November 14, 2016


I would have thought Aunt Ruby had been born with her signature French twist, but she loved to show a picture of her and Mother (Mable), kids cutting wood with a crosscut saw. The elegant aunt who came to visit with her fashionably dressed daughters Bettie and Dottie gave this farm girl a glimpse into suburban life. I still have the bottle of Ermarude she gave me as a kid because I told her she smelled good. When I went to work in 1964, I saw the stationery she had used--Crane "red Florentine"--in a store, bought it and still use it.
A hard worker, even before she retired, she and Uncle Jack had an intensive garden/orchard in Warren. Moving to Ypsilanti, she gardened with Bettie and Don past her mid-90s, even when she had to ride to the garden to pick beans, etc. The way she grew, canned and ate green beans, I decided they were the fountain of youth. Through at least 2015, she was still breaking beans to can and peeling apples to process. (In Michigan, they even pick apples to feed the deer. We make deer pick their own apples or wait until they fall.) When not gardening, she sewed. How many of the new mothers receiving a baby quilt from the hospital knew that quilt had been made by a woman well into her 90s? She lived her faith every day. When Uncle Jack and Dottie went on mission trips, she kept things running at home. Fiercely independent, she didn't want to be waited on and at 98+ still prided herself on living separately and waiting on herself. Until her final month, she continued to be very private: walking to the bathroom, bathing and caring for herself even after she knew "it won't be long." She was truly remarkable and is fondly and reverently remembered.
November 14, 2016
Jack and Ruby Pierce shined a bright light for Jesus Christ and shared his word with many individuals. The light that they shared still shines in many souls. It is wonderful to know that they are now reunited.
November 13, 2016
WE WILL ALWAYS BE TOUCHED BY THE EARTHLY LOSS OF SISTER RUBY PIERCE. AND HEAVEN WILL ALWAYS BE TOUCHED BY HER WONDERFUL PRESENCE. BETTIE, E. DON, CYNDI AND DON ARE IN OUR CONSTANT PRAYERS!
November 13, 2016
I am so sorry for your great loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain your family during this challenging time. (Isaiah 61:1,2) With heartfelt sympathy.

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