Ruth will be buried next to her late husband in Battle Creek, Mich. The funeral will be held at Farley, Estes and Dowdle Funeral Home at 105 Castle Ave., NE, Battle Creek, MI 49017, on Saturday, Feb. 16, with visitation at noon and service immediately following at 1 p.m.
Ruth was born March 12, 1920, to Clara Mabel (Kolwitz) and Walter Delias Bruce in Battle Creek. She was raised in Battle Creek as the beloved youngest child in a family of seven children. Her father had a painting business. She adored her "little" mother, who was not quite five feet tall but thought nothing of prying open the mouths of horses to "doctor" them.
Ruth was proud to be the tallest (at 5 feet 2 1/2 inches) of the four girls in her family.
At age 17, Ruth ran away with the love of her life, Robert Charles Seamans Sr., to marry in the bordering state of Indiana. Ruth and Bob had a happy marriage that, early on, endured his deployment to the South Pacific in the Navy during World War II. They had two boys, Robert Charles Jr. and Gary Lee, who were five years apart, and 10 years later a daughter, Cindy Lou.
Bob's post-war career as a supervisor with Alcoa Aluminum took the family to the Quad-Cities and ultimately to Evansville, Ind.
Ruth was a devoted wife and mother and a wonderful homemaker. She didn't believe in convenience food, and her homemade pies, cakes, rolls and hearty meals of roasts, vegetables and hors d'oeuvres were appreciated by family, friends and guests at the many dinner parties she hosted.
She enjoyed gardening, and her rose garden in Evansville had 75 beautiful multihued rose bushes. Ruth loved to dance, and she and Bob made a striking couple with her auburn hair floating a foot lower than Robert's head of black curls.
As the youngest in her family Ruth was preceded in death by her parents but also by her brothers, Ray, Earl and Duane Bruce, and her sisters, Lucille Fulkerson, Maxine Fulkerson and Beatrice Hickman, all of Battle Creek. She was widowed in 1972 when Bob Sr. was killed in a car accident while coming home from work. Her oldest son, Bob Jr., died in 2004 of pancreatic cancer. Ruth had moved to Tucson to be close to Bob Jr. and his family, and she lived the last 20 years of her life in Tucson.
She was in remarkably good health through her 80s. Ruth is survived by her son, Gary, and his wife, Bonnie, Moline; her daughter, Cindy, and her husband, Stephen Good, Dallas, Texas; and Bob Jr.'s first and second wives, Lyn and Delores, of Tucson.
Ruth adored all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and spoiled them unrepentantly as often as she could. These are granddaughter, Sandy, her husband, Brian Stearns, and their daughter, Katie, of Stowe, Vt.; grandson, Robert Charles III, and his children, Robert Charles IV and Kyndal, of Phoenix; granddaughter, Ruth, her husband, Art Trevino, and their children, Arthur, Charles, Anthony and Ally; grandson, Nelson, and his sons, Justin and Joshua, of Tucson; granddaughter, Lynore, of Tucson; grandson, Lee, his wife, Jenny, and their daughter, Madelynne, of Elgin, Ill.; grandson, Matthew, and his wife, Jillian, of Phoenix; granddaughter, Crystal, and her husband, Chris Kowalski, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; and granddaughters, Elizabeth Good, of Dallas, and Christina Good, of Austin, Texas.
Special thanks to Lyn Nelson for her caring attention to Ruth throughout her last years.