TRAVERSE CITY — With her family gathered around her, Ruth Annette Harkert, 87, of Traverse City and formerly of Evart, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Munson Medical Center.
Born on Sept. 13, 1926, in Clio, she was the fourth of eight children born to Jessie Imogene (Fleming) and Earl Isaac Gillett. The family moved back to their ancestral roots in Evart shortly after her birth. She attended Evart Public Schools and graduated from Evart High School in 1944. She continued her education at Central Michigan College in Mount Pleasant, living there with her uncle, Art, and aunt, Mae Fleming.