Balis, Ruth

Written by David Green.

Ruth Balis, 94, of Morenci, Mich., died Jan. 13, 2011, at Swanton Health Care in Swanton, Ohio.

She was born June 11, 1916, in Sand Creek, Mich., the daughter of Lee and Martha (Votzke) Pratt.  On Dec. 5, 1935, in Auburn, Ind., she married Donald Balis.  He preceded her in death Aug. 9, 2001.

Ruth was a homemaker living all of her life in the Morenci area.

Survivors include a daughter, Celeta (and John) Winterroth of Crossville, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Bruce (and Sally) Simpkins of Butler, Ind., and Colleen (and Todd) Vanderpool of Morenci; and three great-grandchildren, Gavin and Erin Vanderpool and Dillon Simpkins.

Besides her husband, Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Helen Robins.

Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating.  Burial will follow at the Waldron Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled Saturday from noon until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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