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Ruth E. (Baker) Berlien

Ruth E. (Baker) Berlien
  • February 4, 1937 - July 21, 2017
  • Battle Creek, Michigan

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“I just learned of Ruth's passing. She was a wonderful friend to both my husband Ted and myself. She sent messages to us on our blog and she was...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Karol Armstrong - Chesapeake City, MD

2 of 13 | Posted by: KELLEY - OH

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. I worked with Ruth at KCC and she always had a smile on her face. ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Alice Jones - Mobile, AL

“So special, this beautiful soul. Dave and Ruth were neighbors for many years. Great times together with wonderful memories. We celebrate the...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Don and Mary Bidwell - Whitewater, WI

“Ruth was such a beautiful soul. My condolences to her family. We had wonderful conversations. She will be missed. She's with Dave now!Wishing...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Alicia & Hans Stark - MI - Friend

“Ruth was one of my dearest friends through our high school years. We finally managed to re-connect at our 50th class reunion and kept in touch...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Linda Adams - Manistee, MI

“So sorry for your families loss....Ruth & Dave both were very kind people. They will be missed! My parents lived next door to them for several...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so glad that I met this wonderful lady at Family Altar Chapel! She loved the Lord so much! Her love for Him was very strong! I will miss you...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Noël VanValkenburg - MI

“Jeff-Tom & Scott....Sooo sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother (Ruthie). She was a special friend for many, many years. Dates back to 1958...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Jan Matthews - Vicksburg, MI

“Ruth and I are old old friends. We met at Wolverine and worked together there. I was able to visit her in April when I was there. I am so grateful...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Jan Pocock - Oklahoma City, OK

“I met and worked with Ruth at KCC and will remember her kind smile and demeanor. She was always so helpful to me. Prayers to her family. ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Julie Pena - Battle Creek, MI

“My sympathy to Ruth's family. Ruth was an esteemed colleague of all of us at KCC. A kind and classy lady. RIP. ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Elizabeth Neumeyer - Battle Creek, MI

“Prayers to the family. Ruth was a very special and kind women. ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Donna Worsham - Battle Creek, MI

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Ruth E. (Baker) Berlien, age 80, of Battle Creek was released from her earthly life to join her deeply loved husband, David in their eternal home on Friday afternoon, July 21, 2017 at the Oaks at Northpointe Woods. She was born in Sunfield, MI on February 4, 1937, the daughter of Alva and Anna (Benjamin) Baker. She graduated from J.W. Sexton High School in Lansing, MI in 1955. She moved to Battle Creek, MI in 1957 and worked at Wolverine Insurance, Kingman Museum and Kellogg Community College.

She married the love of her life, David Louis Berlien on December 17, 1977. She and David retired from their working lives in 1994 and spent many years camping, going on fishing trips and searching for those elusive pudding stones that decorated their garden areas.

Ruth is survived by four faithful and fine sons and their wives: David E. and Karen Berlien of Delton, MI, Jeffrey D. Clark and Debbie (Clark) Alexis of San Diego, CA, Thomas and Mary Clark of Battle Creek, MI, Scott and Wendy Clark of Hastings, MI. Ruth also is survived by eleven amazing grandchildren: Jennifer Berlien (Smith), David Louis Berlien, II and his wife, Suzann, Rachael Clark, Libby Clark, Maxwell Clark, Christy Clark, Graham Clark, Cassidy Clark, Jeremy Clark and Sadie Clark. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren: Isabelle Smith, Ethan Smith and David E. Berlien, II. Ruth is also survived by her brother and great friend, Rod Baker and his wife, Evelyn of Illinois and nieces and nephews. Also surviving is her sister-in-law and dear friend, Linda (Berlien) Wellenkamp.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Marilyn (Baker) Turnbull and Judy (Baker) Burch and her daughter, Andrea H. Berlien.

The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 26th at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care where a memorial service to celebrate Ruth's life will be held 1:00 p.m., Thursday, July 27th with the Rev. Travis L. Davis, Pastor of Family Altar Chapel, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ruth's honor may be directed to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Personal messages for the family may be placed at