Ruby Babcock of Roscommon, Michigan, passed away in Bradenton, Florida, on Thursday, March 14, 2019, after a long battle with health issues.
She was born on September 23, 1937, in Lansing, Michigan, to the late Charles (Mick) and Melba Fleck and was one of 12 children.
The family moved from Lansing following their father’s unexpected death when Ruby was a teenager to Alpena, Michigan, to be nearer to family. The older children all went to work to help with the finances.
During this time, Ruby happened to attend a dance in Cummings, Michigan, where she met the son of the square dance caller, who ended up being her beloved husband Don of over 62 years.
Ruby became the first female school bus driver in the Gerrish-Higgins school district and drove school bus for 32 years before retiring. She loved music and dancing, running, walking, working out, cooking, traveling, Tiger baseball, Red Wings hockey, hummingbirds, cuddling her babies, grand babies and great-grand babies, and spending the winters in Florida.
Ruby will be remembered as a devoted wife, an exceptional mother, as well as a loving grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.
Ruby often said what a wonderful, full life she had lived, and her family and friends will agree that their lives were better for her being in it.
Surviving are her loving and devoted husband of 62 years, Donald; children, Debbie Cline (Alger) Brohman, Michigan, Donnie Babcock (Diane) Roscommon, Michigan, Eddie Babcock (Denise) Roscommon, Michigan; grandchildren, Angela (Kevin) Gronso, Dustin Babcock, Jim Wahl (Heather), Amanda Villarreal (Israel), Danielle Patterson (Sean), Warren Wahl (Ashley), and Deanna Babcock; treasured great-grandchildren Devyn Fiebelkorn, Grace Gronso, Delaney Fiebelkorn, Vance Wahl, Emma Gronso, Isabel Wahl, Penelope Patterson, Nora Villarreal, Molly Patterson, Isabel Villarreal and Wilson Wahl; brothers and sisters, the late Dan Fleck (Patti), Shirley LaBrecque (Bob dec.), Beverly Spleet (Bob), Raymond Fleck (Marie), Marva Ziesman (Wilbur dec.), Alan Fleck (Nancy), James Fleck, Joseph Fleck, Linda Cusick (John dec.), and Sharon Bruce as well as beloved in-laws of the late Elizabeth Babcock, Shirley Henry (Donald dec.), Walton Babcock (Dora Jean, dec.), Yvonne Winter (Ben, dec.), the late Phyllis Pfaff (Willard) Alice Paepke (John), Susanne North (Grover, dec.), Marjorie Mischley (Joe, dec.), Dorothy Boehm (Larry), the late John Babcock, Mary McGillis (Jack, dec.), Charlie Babcock, Ruth Billsby (Doug) as well and many many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Wagner and Walsh Funeral Directors, 143 Lake Street, Roscommon, Michigan 48653.
The Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. with an hour of gathering prior to the service, also at Wagner and Walsh Funeral Directors.
For those that wish to remember Ruby with a memorial contribution, donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice of Bradenton, Florida.
Arrangements were entrusted to Wagner and Walsh Funeral Directors.
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