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Ruth Barbara Batts

Ruth Barbara Batts, child of God, age 97, of Jenison, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 2, 2019.  She was preceded in death by her husband, John (of 71 years, married in 1944); daughter, Helene Bardolph; brother, Dr. Fred Brouwer; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Anne (Rev. Jake) Eppinga, Helene (Stuart) Eppinga, Martin (Jean) Batts, Herman (Marge) Batts, and Rev. Jerome Batts.  She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Karen (Rev. Paul) Treick, Mary (Kurt) Staal, Nancy (James) Kwasteniet, Jean Batts, John (Brenda) Batts; son-in-law, Mark Bardolph; 17 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; sister, Marilyn (Elmer) Lokers; sisters-in-law, Helen Brouwer, Arlyn Batts; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. at the Sunset Manor Chapel, 725 Baldwin St., Jenison, with Rev. Paul Treick and Rev. Jim Evenhouse officiating. A private graveside service will be held at Fort Custer National Cemetery.  Relatives and friends may meet the family on Saturday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Sunset Manor prior to the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to World Renew or to the Sunset Legacy Foundation.

  1. Dear John and Brenda and family,
    Please accept our condolences on the loss of your dear mom. May you find comfort in so many years of memories and her presence with the Lord.

    - Margit and Ken Chadwell
  2. Dearest brother John, my heart is with you and Brenda and family. I will be praying that you feel covered in Gods love through this time.

    - Lauri Moore
  3. Dear Paul and Karen- Our hearts go out to you- losing a mother hurts regardless of how old they are and ready to be with their Lord and Savior. I still miss uour children I have great memories of Beth and Paul’s chapel services at Ripon Christian. You children were so respectful and teachable…any teacher remembers their outstanding students…I loved Beth and her teachableness!! I had her for Creative Writing. I wish we lived closer to Grandville so we could be there for the funeral. Is Beth here for Gramma’s funeral? Abe and I live on the North end of Grand Rapids and are leaving for Florida next Wed. Abe no longer drives and since I am on pretty high dosages of meds because of a heart attack last April, our daughter Julie and husband are flying into GR Sunday to drive us to Florida. If you ever get to Vero Beach, please let us know. Would love to see you. If we can get there Sat. between 12:30 and 1:30, we will but we promise to remember you in our prayers. Love you, Abe and Carolyn Geertsema My cell is 616 446-0251

    - Abe & Carolyn Geertsema

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