Ruth Catharine Clarke

OSCODA — Ruth Catharine (nee Lickert, McKay) Clarke passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Oscoda, at the home of her only son, Craig Clarke.

She was born to John and Louise (nee Stead) Lickert, in Hersey, on Nov. 14, 1920, and was adopted by George and Alice McKay at the age of 3. Ruth married Herbert Lowe Clarke of Boston, Mass., on Sept. 7, 1945, while they were both serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

After the war, the couple moved into the old school house where Ruth attended grade school just down the road from her childhood home in Hersey. She remained there until recently. She loved her family dearly and was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Ruth graduated from Hersey High School, worked as a waitress at the Osceola Inn in Reed City for many years, was an avid gardener, an awesome cook and loved to travel.

Ruth was preceded in death by both sets of parents; her husband; three sisters, Ethel Moore, Betty Gingrich and Silvia Brown; one brother, Donald Licket; and three adopted brothers, Malcomb, Sterling and Cameron McKay.

She is survived and will be missed by her children, Craig (Peggy) Clarke, Deborah (Steve) Richardson-Lowery, of Reed City, and Karen (Dick) Griffith, of Apopka, Fla. She also leaves behind seven grandchildren, Scott (Sheri) Clarke, of Dansville, Sean (Jennifer) Clarke, of Oscoda, Chris Richardson, of Oologah, Okla., Kevin (Marisa) Richardson, of Lincoln, Neb., Matt Richardson, of Midland, Robbie Griffith, of Singapore, and Sandy (Mauricio) Chacon, of Lake Mary, Fla.; and three step-grandchildren, Jennifer (Mike) Kampter, of Big Rapids, Abby Shoemaker, of Hersey, and Melissa (Trent) Anderson, of Comstock Park. She will be sadly missed by her 14 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 14, 2014, and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the Pruitt Livingston Funeral Home in Reed City. The funeral will follow at 11 a.m. with Pastor Ed Raby officiating. There will be a luncheon after the service at the Hersey Congregational Church.

Individuals wishing to make a memorial contribution may send it to Hersey Congregational Church, c/o David Rule, 216 S. Main, Hersey, MI 49639.