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Patti unexpectedly passed away at home January 1, 2022. She is survived by her son, Aaron Hawn of Fort Worth, Texas, and daughter, Hilary Hawn of Rochester, Minnesota. She is also survived by her father, Arthur Ruis of Ellsworth, MI, and two brothers, Randall Ruis of Ellsworth, Michigan, and Donald Ruis of St. Louis, Missouri.

Patti graduated from Ellsworth High School, and received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lake Superior State University in 1975, as well as a master’s in developmental psychology from Michigan State University in 1978.

Patti was involved in numerous activities at Midland Reformed Church, where she sponsored and lead the Junior High Youth Group for many years, sang in the church choir, taught Sunday School youth classes for many years, served on the church board, and led Ladies Bible Studies, Oasis Groups, Triads, and Via de Cristo.

Patti obtained her certificate in Medical Records Recording from Delta College in 2008, and worked as Unit Secretary in various departments at MidMichigan Hospitals in Alma and in Midland until her retirement in 2018. She was instrumental in transitioning medical records across new platforms in 2010-11.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Those wishing to recognize Patti should consider making donations to Midland Reformed Church.

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

Condolence Messages

  1. Nancy Hawn Stringhum

    06 January 2022 2 weeks ago

    I am so very for your loss, Patti was a wonderful person. I have many fond memories of her. Tho I haven’t see her in many’ years I thought of her often.

  2. Tom and Doris Koning

    06 January 2022 2 weeks ago

    So sorry to hear the news about Patti. She was always ready with a smile and an upbeat personality. She will surely be missed.

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