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Ruth McGee

Ruth L. McGee

April 21st, 1931 - May 10th, 2024

Ruth's Obituary

Ruth L. McGee, 93, of Benton Harbor, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 10, 2024 at
Hanson Hospice in Stevensville.

The family will receive guests from 10am until time of celebration of life at 11am,
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph.
Burial to follow at Riverview Cemetery, St. Joseph. Memorial contributions may be given
to Caring Circle Hospice, www.spectrumhealthlakeland.org/caring-circle.

Ruth was born April 21, 1931 in Chesnee, SC to Alexander and Mary ”Bessy” (McKinney)
Mahaffey. She attended Chesnee High School through the tenth grade, later completing her
high school degree in 1979 at Benton Harbor High School. On July 10, 1949, she married
Harold McGee in South Carolina. Ruth and Harold moved to Michigan a few years later,
where Ruth worked at various manufacturing companies for many years before her

A woman of faith, Ruth spent much of her time getting to know Jesus Christ, her lord and
savior through readings of the Bible. Ruth was a talented seamstress and created clothes,
costumes, quilts, and dresses. Along with her love for sewing, Ruth enjoyed playing the
guitar, singing, and watching the Olympics; her favorite sports being Figure Skating and
Gymnastics. Ruth was an avid doll collector and many of her dolls reflected her love of
classic films and television shows, including dolls like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz and
Shirley Temple. Ruth was dedicated to her family. She especially loved her role as
Grandma and Great-Grandma, rarely missing a performance, recital, or graduation.

Ruth is survived by her children, Steven McGee and Susan Dean; her grandchildren,
Sarah (Benjamin) Sulka, Rachel (Paul) Shaia, and Stephen (Taylor) Dean; and her great
grandchildren, Emma and Aiden Damouth, Elliana Sulka, and Jordan, Adam, and
Cameron Shaia.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Harold D. McGee; her sons, Daniel (Mary)
McGee and Marshall McGee; her grandson, Daniel (Shanna) Damouth; seven siblings; and
her parents.

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