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.

  • Shadow.salon
    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
  • KayseInField
    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
  • Front.winner
    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
  • Front.bank.2
    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
  • Front.carry.casket
    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
  • Front.lift
    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
  • Front.make.three
    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016