Ruth Louise French Portland Age 95, passed away on Monday, November 19, 2012. She was born on December 31, 1916 in Portland, MI the daughter of Charles and Mary (Smith) Lockwood. Mrs. French graduated from Portland High School in 1935, and went on to receive her Bachelors Degree from Central Michigan in 1939. Ruth helped manage the Portland Country Club from 1948 to 1954. She taught physical education at Portland High School and Junior High Schools from 1952 to 1974. Ruth also coached girls basketball, track, cheerleading, as well as directed plays and sponsored classes of 1955 and 1964. She was president of the PTA, Teachers Association, ladies golf league and riding club. Preceding her in death were her parents; sons, Charles and Tom; daughter, Kathy; husband, Don; grandson, Tim; great grandaughter, Angel. Surviving are daughters, Gail (Dr. John) McDermott and Kristi (Richard) Newer; daughter-in-law, Coleen French; 9 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 1, 2012 at the First Congregational Church, Portland, with Rev. Dr. Marilyn V. Danielson presiding. Interment will take place at a later date in Portland Cemetery. Complete arrangements are entrusted to Lehman Funeral Homes, Portland. In Lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church, Portland, in memory of Ruth. On line condolences may be made at www.lehmanfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Lansing State Journal from Nov. 22 to Dec. 2, 2012