Obituary for Ruth Christine Moe

Ruth Christine Moe

Birth Date: Jun. 14th, 1930
Date Passed: Dec. 5th, 2020

Obituary

Ruth Christine Moe age 90, of Ravenna, Michigan died Saturday, December 5, 2020 at Christian Care Nursing Center in Muskegon, Michigan. Ruth was born on June 14, 1930 in Polkton Township, MI to the late Jacob and Christine (Schmidt) Metten. She married Glen Moe on April 17, 1953, and he preceded her in death on February 7, 1985. She then married Claude McNitt on August 9, 1997, and he preceded her in death on July 20, 2013. Ruth is survived by her Daughter: Sandy (Dan) Pigors of Ravenna, Son: Steve (Tammy) Moe of Ravenna. 5 Grandchildren and 6 Great Grandchildren. Brother in-laws: Arden Moe, Wayne (DiAnn) Moe, Ed Luce and Darrell Harper. Sister in-laws: Pacita “Paz” Moe, Carolyn Raymond and Ilene Boho. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husbands: Glen and Claude, 4 Brothers: Jacob, Henry, Paul and Walter. 3 Sisters: Gertrude Potts, Ida Wallinga and Margaret Schaaphok. Ruth enjoyed sports, gardening, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. She was an active member of the First Reformed Church of Ravenna and American Legion Auxiliary of Sherman Moore Post #297. She taught 4th grade at Ravenna Public Schools for most of her career. A Private Graveside Service will be held for immediate family due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Memorials may be directed to: First Reformed Church of Ravenna or American Legion Auxiliary of Sherman Moore Post #297. Go to: www.throopfhravenna.com or Facebook @ Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna Inc. to sign the online guestbook. The Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna is in charge of funeral arrangements. 231-853-6511. A message from Steve Moe: In this difficult time, we want thank everyone for their support and encourage you to celebrate Ruth's life and remember all of the good times and good memories, of which I think there are many. A while ago, I heard a story about a coach that told his team after their season had ended after an unexpected loss that the players should look at the season as a bunch of snapshots. And the players should take all of the snapshots and put them in a shoebox. They were to put the photos of the bad things, the bad games, the bad plays, way on the bottom of the box and the photos of the good things on the top. Then, when they look back on the season, they should out take the ones on the top of the pile once in a while and look at them. The others, should just be left tucked away at the bottom forever. I think this applies to a lot of things oas they come to a close, and is especially applicable to someone's life. So at this time, we want to take a look at mom's snapshots that are on the top of the pile. And as we look at those snapshots, we hope that you recall some of these memories and enjoy them as much as we want you to. Mom was the youngest of 7 children and was raised by her mother and older siblings. She grew up in the Ravenna/Coopersville area and lived here for all but a few winters that she spent in Arizona. She attended Coopersville High School and actually lived with another family in Coopersville her senior year after her family moved to the Ravenna School district. Her favorite story growing up was Wynken Blynken and Nod. The poem is a fantasy bed-time story about three children sailing and fishing amongst the stars from a boat, which was actually a wooden shoe. The little fishermen symbolize a sleepy child's blinking eyes and nodding heads. As a little girl, she grew to love baseball by listening to the games on the radio and then running out to the barn between innings to give updates on the scores to her brothers who were busy milking cows. In high school, she played basketball, 6-man basketball. I am sure she would have played more sports in school, if they were offered. After being named the salutatorian of her class, she attended Hope College for a year to obtain her teaching certificate. As the requirements for teaching increased, she attended summer school classes at Western Michigan University to satisfy those requirements. She began teaching at a one room school house, Toothacre, and then taught 4th grade at Ravenna Public Schools for many, many years until she retired in 1986. I am sure there are more than 1 person that is reading this that had my mom for a teacher. It was always nice to run into people that would say how good of a teacher she was or how much she helped them, or their child, get through some sort of learning issue. When school was out for summers, mom enjoyed gardening-both vegetables and flowers. It always seemed like she grew the hardest things. Kohlrabis, for one, No you just don't plant them and pick them. You plant them, then transplant them, then pick them. I think Sandy and I usually ended up doing the transplanting though. Mom met my dad, Glen, when they attended Harrisburg School together. They were married shortly before he left for the Korean War, and they were happily married for a little over 41 years, until my dad's passing. The only argument that I ever remember them getting into was over the first microwave that my dad brought home from Consumers Power-where he worked. It was not pretty, but eventually she accepted it and everything was fine. So if that is the only argument that I remember, they must have had a pretty good marriage. About 12 years after my dad passed away, Mom married her next door neighbor, Claude McNitt. They enjoyed almost 17 years together. During that time, they split their time between Michigan and Arizona. She really enjoyed the new experiences and friends there. She also enjoyed watching most sports--Ravenna Bulldogs, the Tigers, the Lions (for some reason), Pistons, and of course the Michigan Wolverines. We attended many Tiger baseball games throughout the years. We saw the Tigers play at Tiger Stadium, Milwaukee, and Minnesota. And I even brought her to a game at Comerica Park in 2011 so she could see the new stadium. In addition to watching sports, she enjoyed coaching. Along with my dad, she coached my little league baseball team. She also coached girls summer league softball for a few years. Mom bowled on Tuesday nights in the Gutter Gussies league for many years. She was the secretary for the league so was responsible for recording all scores and calculating averages and standings-all pre-computer. After she retired, she continued to bowl with the Coopersville senior citizens in Allendale. But as active and athletic as she was, she never learned how to ride a bike. She enjoyed camping and traveling. Without doing an official count, I would say she has visited about 75% of the states and Canada and Mexico either with her family or with her sisters as part of the Coopersville Senior citizens. She visited Tammy and I many times when we lived in Virginia Beach. One of my favorite memories was when my dad and her visited for maybe the first time. We were at the beach riding the waves on our inflatable rafts. Now you have to know that my mom could not swim, but she was out there riding the waves too, having a great time. One time, she rode a wave all the way in to shore before the wave decided to throw her off. Mom started splashing and flailing one arm around, eyes closed, nose plugged, sitting in about 2 inches of water. I think her favorite place to visit was definitely Las Vegas where she visited more than a few times. I never went with her but I think she (and Jessie Russell) were like twenty year olds when they were there. Stories of arriving in the afternoon, gambling and seeing the sights all night long, going back to the hotel room to freshen up and going again until that night. I am sure there were many other stories that I really don't want to know about. She loved to play cards. Pedro with Aunt June and Uncle Ed, Uncle Jake and Uncle Hank, my grandma and grandpa, and us kids, Rook and Euchre with Uncle Bud and Aunt Ida, Pinochle with John and Faye, cribbage with anyone that knew how to count to 15 and 31, and most recently War, Crazy 8's, and Soliaire with Tammy. And it seems that she always had a jigsaw puzzle going at one stage or another. She was very active with the American Legion Auxiliary at both the local and district level where she held many leadership positions. She also attended the state and, sometimes, national conventions. She led many fundraising and service events. To name a few: Buying Christmas gifts for the veterans in the Grand Rapids VA hospital, soup suppers, steak dinners, bowling banquets, and organizing the annual poppy sales. After retirement, she represented the Auxiliary in teaching the Ravenna elementary students flag etiquette. I am not sure that it was a coincidence that flag day and mom's birthday were on the same day. She also encouraged the students to participate in the American Legion Auxiliary Americanism Essay Contest. And lastly, making sure Ravenna was represented every year at the Legion Auxiliary Girls State. She attended, and was a member of, Ravenna First Reformed Church for many years and was active in the Women's Guild and playing piano occasionally. Lastly, in everything that she did, she was always there to help out in one way or another. Whether it was students, veterans, or her family, she was there. So finally, as you think of my mom over the coming years, please grab those snapshots from the top of the pile and enjoy. Steve

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