Ruth Pearl (Creller) Morningstar

REED CITY — Ruth Pearl (Creller) Morningstar, 84, passed away peacefully to her Heavenly Home on Feb. 22, 2012 at The Reed City Spectrum Health  Nursing Center.

Ruth was born July 29, 1927 in Saginaw, the daughter of Arthur and Goldie (Dodge) Creller.

She graduated from Saginaw High School in 1945. She was married to Glen Morningstar, of Freeland, on Jan. 12, 1946, in Saginaw. From 1947 to 1957, they had four children, Glen Jr., Susan, Mark and Dorothy. Karen Morningstar, a cherished niece, stayed with them often. Ruth was a farm wife on the family’s 160 acre farm in Thomas Township for 15 years. She was an artist in the field of water colors and oils and worked for Bradford LaRiviere in Saginaw as a graphic artist in the 1960s. She particularly enjoyed coloring black and white photos. She carried her art skills to the Yale Expositor, working for that newspaper in the 1980s while living in Yale, Mich. She and her husband Glen were also EMTs while living in Yale. During her Yale years, she became part of the Heritage String Band and played autoharp for that music group.

While living in Reed City, she attended St. Paul Lutheran Church and also Harvest Assembly of God.

Besides her former husband, Glen Morningstar, of Waterford, she is survived by her four children, Glen (Judi) Morningstar Jr., of Highland; Susan (Larry) Whitman, of Sioux City, Iowa, Mark (Debra) Morningstar, of Sandusky, and Dorothy (Tom) Burghardt. of Reed City. She is also survived by three brothers and one sister, William (Mary) Creller, of Saginaw. Nellie (Whitey) Carter, of South Branch, Norman (Karen) Creller, of Lambertville, and Dwight Creller of Cicero, Ill. She leaves 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. An enthusiastic woman, a caring mother, and a joy for family and friends to be around, she will be missed.

A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 10. at Harvest Assembly Of God, 602 W. Upton Ave., Reed City. with a luncheon following for friends and family of the surrounding area.

There will also be another service in the Saginaw Area on Sunday, March 18.