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“I loved Ruth as an older sister. I totally enjoyed working with her at St. Anthony's Hospital Gift Shop, St. Auxiliary and we became such good...Read More »
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Ruth Marie (Fox) Burns of Battle Creek, MI

Ruth, age 94, died Sunday morning, March 10, 2019 at Heritage Assisted Living in Battle Creek, MI.

Ruth, the daughter of Frederick B. and Josephine M. (Frankowski) Fox, was born in Toledo, OH on October 9, 1924 and moved to this area in 2014. Ruth graduated in 1942 from Central Catholic School in Toledo. Ruth attended Toledo University for a short time and was a member of a sorority. She worked for Halle Brothers Department Store and loved to dance. Ruth married Bob Burns in 1947. They were fortunate to move to various locations during their years of marriage, retiring in St. Pete Beach FL in 1979.

Ruth had been a buyer for Marshall's Clothing Store in Flushing, MI for several years and moved to FL and became, a volunteer at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL for 17 years, a buyer for the hospital gift shop, coordinated the hospital's JC Penney Golf Outing for 6 years, and was active with the Foundation and on the Board of St. Anthony's. In Ruth's younger years she was actively involved with the Florence Crittenden Foundation in PA for many years.

Ruth was united in marriage to Robert J. "Bob" Burns in Toledo, Ohio on November 22, 1947 and he sadly preceded her in death on July 10, 1993. Surviving are two daughters, Roberta A. "Bobbie" (Norm) Harden of Battle Creek and Susan M. "Sue" (Wayne) Murchison of Boca Raton, FL; three precious granddaughters (Jodi Collazo, Lori Murchison and Erin Moynihan) four greatgrandchildren (Jaden, Jeremy, Alex, and Andrew) and a special friend, Jim Hotston of Cobourg, Ontario, Canada. Ruth was also preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Virginia Kitz.

As per Ruth's wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service and entombment will be in the Woodlawn Memory Garden, St. Petersburg, FL with her beloved husband, Bob. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ruth's honor may be directed to Great Lakes Caring Hospice or Children's Tumor Foundation. The Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek is assisting Ruth's family.