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Ruth May Barnhill
  • Hickory Corners Bible Church
    13720 Kellogg School Road
    Hickory Corners, MI 49060

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“Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. May (1 Thessalonians 4:14) bring you some comfort in knowing that there is a...Read More »
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“We are so sorry for your loss Jimmie and Teresa. Your momma was a very dear lady. I remember her as a child going to her house for Blue Birds. Those...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Donna Head - East Leroy, MI

“RIP Aunt Ruth! We were so blessed to have known and loved you! Fly high!❤❤ ”
3 of 7 | Posted by: Larry/Brenda Garner - Jonesboro, AR

“I am so happy to have known this woman. Growing up her family has been a second family to me. whether it was family parties or attending church with...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Nora Gagnon - Dowling, MI

“condolences to the Barnhill family. I never knew Ruth, but I know she was very special and had much love with and from her family. Theresa, Jimmie...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Cheri Ferguson - Battle Creek, MI

“Rest In Peace Aunt Ruth ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Ronda Barnhill Hudspeth - CO

“Teresa.So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. May you know God's peace and comfort during these days. ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Jim Walters - Columbus, IN


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Ruth May Barnhill, age 97, of Dowling went to be with her Lord on Sunday morning, October 27, 2019. She was born in Paragould, Arkansas on July 5, 1922, the daughter of Ira and Sallie Jarvis and attended Greene County High School. On April 1, 1941 she married her high school sweetheart, Olin A. "Barney" Barnhill in Paragould.

Ruth received her license to practice Cosmetology from LaVera Beauty School of Beauty Culture in Omaha, Nebraska where she worked as a beautician in various salons. After moving to Battle Creek in 1950, she received her cosmetology license from Wright Beauty School and worked in salons here until she and Olin started Barney's Glass in 1956. Ruth was Vice President and bookkeeper.

Ruth loved baking birthday, wedding and anniversary cakes for all her family and friends. She also excelled in sewing, entertaining, cooking for parties and crafting. Her love for her two children, six grandchildren and many great and great-great grandchildren brought her endless delight in her life.

She is survived by her daughter, Teresa (Richard) Hamilton; her son, Jimmie (Beth) Barnhill; six grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren, and eight great-great grandchildren. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Olin "Barney"; her parents; three brothers, and five sisters.

The family will receive friends 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 30th at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek where funeral services to celebrate Ruth's life will be held 1:00 p.m., Thursday, October 31st. Interment will follow at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be directed to the Shrine Hospitals for Children or to the Hickory Corners Bible Church. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Ruth may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.