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Beth Linton, 77, of Hemlock, passed away at Mid-Michigan Health Center on Saturday March 28, 2020 surrounded by her family. She was born to the late Burdette and Clara Reigle on August 21, 1942 in Battle Creek, Michigan. Beth married the love of her life, Glen Linton, on December 19, 1964 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Saginaw Michigan. She graduated from Saginaw General School of Nursing in 1965. She and Glen spent the next few years at Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, Alberta Canada preparing for the mission God had called them to. Returning to Michigan in 1970, they settled in to carry out that mission, caring for foster children.

Beth loved to open her home to friends and family. She spent her life nurturing those around her both physically and spiritually maintaining life-long contact with those she impacted. She and Glen worshiped at Midland Reformed Church alongside their spiritual family. She was involved with the Lutheran Via de Cristo Community of Central Michigan for many years. She worked for Saginaw General Hospital for many years mostly in the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit. She retired from St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw in 2005. During her retirement, she dedicated herself to the development of a community garden in the Houghton Jones area of Saginaw and mentoring families in that area. She served on the board of the Houghton Jones Neighborhood Community Association for many years.

Beth is survived by her husband Glen Linton of Hemlock, daughters Crystal (Jeff) Cochensparger of Moore, OK; and Laura (Doug) Hollingsworth of Hemlock, MI; sons Alan (Cathy) Linton of Saginaw, MI; and Stephen Linton of Kent City, MI; grandchildren Keri Henderson, Matthew (Lisa) Pugh, Maurice Henderson, Brent Pugh, Brandon Blacksher, Thomas Hollingsworth, Jenna Linton, Grant Hollingsworth, Ryan Linton and 7 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Cheryl (Mike) Oberlitner of Perrington, MI; brother Paul (Rick) Reigle of Benson, AZ; sister in law Carol Reigle of St. Joseph, MI and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Mark Reigle, and sister in law Karen Drinkard.

A private funeral service will be held Friday April 3, 2020 at Smith Miner Funeral Home in Midland Michigan with Pastor Mike De Ruyter officiating. Burial will take place at Poseyville Cemetery in Midland County. A memorial service will be held later this summer when we are all able to gather together.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider donating to: Houghton-Jones NTF, Inc (www.hountonjones.org) 1708 Johnson Street Saginaw, MI 48601 or Voice of Calvary Ministries (vocm.org) 531 W Capitol Street Jackson, MS 39203.

Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Linton family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.

Condolence Messages

  1. Kim Brewer

    08 April 2020 7 months ago

    I just learned of Mrs Beth’s passing and I’m so shocked and sad. My fondest memory was the time we visited you guys and the yummy rhubarb crisp. Such a sweet lady, I still can’t believe it.

  2. Jennifer Brumbaugh

    07 April 2020 7 months ago

    Aunt Beth is one of the most authentic, godly, loving people I know. She lived out her beliefs and values. What an example she was to everyone around her!
    My earliest memories include Aunt Beth, Uncle Glen, and family. Usually we were all sitting around a long table at a holiday enjoying a feast with lots of good stories and laughter. As I grew older, she became one I could count on for wise advice based on her seasoned life experience and knowledge of God’s word.
    I am so blessed to have known Aunt Beth! With prayers and love to my MI family,
    Jennifer (Collins) Brumbaugh in Camas, WA (Gary Collins’ daughter & Dorothy Reigle’s granddaughter)

  3. Stephen and Brenda and family

    02 April 2020 7 months ago

    Uncle Glen and family,

    We were surprised and saddened to hear of Aunt Beth’s passing.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time!

  4. Gregg & Martie Lange

    02 April 2020 7 months ago

    Our Rhubarb plant is just beginning arise from winter rest: so I suspect that Beth didn’t get a chance to use the recipe for Peoria Rhubarb Cream Crip that Martie gave her. Maybe we could get her to make us all a batch when we get Heaven!
    My heart goes out to you my friend. We both know that “Though sorrow may last for the night, Joy comes in the morning.” For this time in the night of sorrow for you and your family,: I claim the promise that Jesus gives that, “All who mourn will be comforted.”

  5. Robin York

    01 April 2020 7 months ago

    I’m in shock, tears haven’t stop. I’ve know Mrs. Linton most of my life. She was a wonderful lady and taught me many things growing up. Was always there if I needed her. She will be surely missed. Laura, and Mr Linton and the rest of the family. My prayers and condolences to you all. There are so many memories of Mrs Linton I will never for get her. May God grant you peace and comfort.

  6. Judy McCray

    01 April 2020 7 months ago

    To Beths family. I met Beth only last year as a member of the Saginaw General Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Assoc. Certainly looked forward to serving with her for a much longer time on the Assoc. Board. My Sincerest Sympathy on your loss. Gods Peace be with you.

  7. Ontay Johnson

    01 April 2020 7 months ago

    To the family of Mrs. Linton, Ms. Beth was an angel here on Earth. My wife and family met Ms. Beth just about 25 years ago at the birth of our oldest daughter Yolanda who was born premature. Through the caring of Ms. Beth and the devoted staff of Saginaw General, our daughter who was 2lbs 3 oz remained in (NIC-U) was finally released to come home after one month. She was so small and delicate we had to bring her home in Cabbage Patch doll clothes. When Yolanda graduated high school Ms. Beth was kind enough to write her a congratulatory letter. Yolanda will be turning 25 yrs old on April 5th. The Lord used Ms. Beth to preserve her life.This is the type of servant of God she was…

    #OurAngel
    #Proverbs31Woman
    #GoodandFaithfulServant
    #HerLegacyLivesOn

    Elder Ontay Johnson on behalf of:
    Eugenia
    Amelia
    Yolanda

  8. Cristin (Russell) Egbert

    31 March 2020 7 months ago

    I have so many beautiful memories of Aunt Beth! She was a strong, intellectual, and caring woman. I looked up to her very much. I remember her being steadfast, her and Uncle Glen have been pillars of our family for as long as I can remember. She had a vast knowledge both medical and of the world that she was eager to share and inform future generations. She always made everyone feel at home in her home and had an easy smile to share. Aunt Beth was the glue in times of struggle and uncertainty, making our loss of her now so much more amplified. She would face times like these with logic and laughter. Making the best of a bad situations was a specialty of hers, finding the silver lining in every dark cloud. I have thought of her often these last few days…how would Aunt Beth move forward in these times? How would she prepare for an extended stay at home? What would she tell the children? The answers have been many and I thought of the times I mentioned above. She would tell us all to keep living, to go forward, and to love.
    Cristin

  9. Stephanie Hall

    31 March 2020 7 months ago

    My sincere condolences and prayers, to Beth’s family and many friends. Working with Beth, on the Bd of Directors at Houghton Jones Neighborhood Assoc., was truly a joy in watching her teach us the love of giving to our community. She inspired me in so many ways with her dedication and love for the community garden. She will be truly missed and always in my heart. Rest in Heavens arms my dear friend.

  10. Terry and Gail Miner

    31 March 2020 7 months ago

    Glen and family, Beth Was a bright light in a gray world. Thank you both for your ministry to those less fortunate. May God bless you richly.

  11. Valerie strong

    31 March 2020 7 months ago

    Beth was such a great spiritual mentor to me..from the time I met her with her purple hair and quiet humor to our praying together for so many reasons! I will miss this sweet wonderful lady! Heart felt sympathy to Glen and her family!

  12. Gerda Bus

    31 March 2020 7 months ago

    Glen, I was shocked to hear this news. I have such fond memories of our Wednesday cooking times. Beth was a good friend and a true servant. I am so sorry for your loss and pray for God’s hand on you, as you go through the “good-bye.”

  13. Katie Coady

    31 March 2020 7 months ago

    I so enjoyed serving with Beth during the Wednesday night children’s program at Midland Reformed Church. She always had a good perspective during our imaginative prayer time and she had a way with the kids. I will miss her and her insights. My heartfelt condolences to her family.

  14. Laurie Staten (Grubaugh)

    31 March 2020 7 months ago

    Glen and Family, I as so sorry for your loss. Beth was like Family to me. She was a great mentor for anyone. She will be missed

  15. Tina Weiskirch

    31 March 2020 7 months ago

    Crystal, I am so sorry to read about your Moms passing on F.B.
    Sending prayers and hugs to you and your family.

  16. Mary Ann Parker

    31 March 2020 7 months ago

    I was so sorry to hear of Beth’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I was a year ahead of Beth in nursing school and worked with her a few years.

  17. Karl & Karina Walter

    31 March 2020 7 months ago

    With great sadness we heard about Beth’s passing.
    Our thoughts go out to you all especially Glen.

  18. Sharon Miner Ashenfelter

    31 March 2020 7 months ago

    We will certainly miss this link in our chain of Stuermer cousins! Her heart of gold will shine forever among us! “Well done thou good & faithful servant”! She will be missed, but never forgotten!! Our Love to Glen & family.

  19. Agdanowski Mary Lou

    31 March 2020 7 months ago

    Beth was my classmate at Saginaw General Hospital School of Nursing. I am shocked and saddened by her passing. She will be missed. Mary Lou Agdanowski

  20. Jamie Samuels

    30 March 2020 7 months ago

    Alan and Stephen,so sorry for your loss ,during this sad and trying time.Thoughts and prayers go out to you both ,and your families.

  21. Tina, Tom and Jamie Samuels

    30 March 2020 7 months ago

    Al and Cathy, we are so sorry for your loss. Your mother sounds like she was a caring, Christian individual. She and I worked at St. Mary’s at the same time. I do not think I knew her but wish I had. Take care.

  22. Kay York

    30 March 2020 7 months ago

    Condolence’s to the Linton family. So sorry for you loss. I have known her for many years, a wonderful lady!

  23. Penny Drake Beitz

    30 March 2020 7 months ago

    I am both shocked and saddened to see Beth’s obituary on Facebook. I’ve known Beth since she started her nursing education at Saginaw General Hospital’s nursing school and worked with her off and on in the hospital. We rode to work together for a couple years and “solved” so many of the world’s problems during that time. She was like a sister that I never had. I’m going to miss her dearly. My condolences to her husband, Glen, and family.

  24. Rich Tyra II

    30 March 2020 7 months ago

    So sorry for your loss, prayers going out for the family

  25. Pastor Willie F. Casey

    30 March 2020 7 months ago

    I’ve only known Beth for a year or two as a fellow Board Member of the Houghton Jones Neighborhood Association. She shared the love with others that God shared with her. A void in our ranks that will be hard to replace. A genuine gift to the Body of Christ and her community. To her loving family I pray that God will comfort you all and strengthen you for the days ahead. My deepest condolences,
    Rev. Dr. Willie F. Casey

  26. ricky flowers

    30 March 2020 7 months ago

    my condolences goes out to the family of miss beth i have had the opportunity to work with miss beth the last pass three to four years,i was always admire of her Dedication to this community and what it Met to her,Especially working in the garden and how knowledgeable she was with that work,iam going to mis her present and Experience that she brought to us may God bless the family and miss beth rest in heaven.

  27. Anna (Reigle) Fuqua

    30 March 2020 7 months ago

    Aunt Beth was the best! I will miss her and her great stories. What a fantastic legacy she leaves behind. Love to all of you!

  28. Glendorah Lawrence

    30 March 2020 7 months ago

    My tears are flowing as I read over Beth’s obituary. She was truly a servant of God and his people
    She spent her life determined to make a difference because she often said that is why we’re here on earth. Working with Beth at the Houghton Jones Resource Center is how I came to know her and her love for the community gardens. Her earthly presence is already missed. Family, May God grant you peace and comfort.

  29. Reba Butler

    30 March 2020 7 months ago

    Beth has been an amazing cousin to her California crew. She will be missed so very much!
    This photo perfectly captures the light of God within her divine spirit!
    Love, peace and blessings to Glen and the family. Reba Becky Butler (Sally’s daughter)

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