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Ruth Ann Benjamin-Utter, passed away at home surrounded by family on February 2, 2021.  

Ruth is survived by her husband Gary, children Nick Utter, Anna Utter, Matthew Utter, her mother, Margaret Benjamin, grandmother, Ann Hanson, uncle Jerry (Sue) Hanson and cousins Gerry Hanson, John Hanson, Scott Hanson and Joe Hanson.  She was predeceased by her father Harold Benjamin, grandparents, John Hanson, Leonard and Ruth Benjamin and uncle Bruce Benjamin.

Ruth requested to be cremated with a memorial service to be announced at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Mid Michigan Hospice, MFMC, or Operation Christmas Child.

Born in Mount Pleasant, Michigan on June 3, 1971, to Harold and Margaret (Hanson) Benjamin, she was raised in Warsaw, New York, graduated from Perry High School in 1989, returning to Midland after graduating from D’Youville college with a degree in physical therapy. Since then, she has primarily worked at MidMichigan Health.

Ruth married Gary Utter on January 1, 2016

Ruth’s interest in people, their strengths, passions, talents, and quirks, showed itself as she mentored students then moved into management and administrative roles. 

She was admired for the way she listened to anyone, respecting their insight. She was trusted for her follow through and her discretion.

She cared so much for patients, residents, and her team. This was expressed in so many ways and she was loved both for her attentiveness and for her humor.

Her problem-solving skills and her sense of fun also shone through at home, both with family and friends and in her passion for geocaching—a game that allowed her to be outside and to go on adventures. It also allowed her to compete, ferociously but joyfully,  with herself and with others.

A blessing to have as a daughter, a wife, or a friend, Ruth focused on growing her faith, her career, and her relationships. Dearly loved by her husband, Gary, she helped reignite his own faith and open his world to travel and adventure.

Courageously embracing life, even as she engaged in round three with cancer, here are some of her parting words:

Love one another, be patient, be kind, and always faithful… 


Condolence Messages

  1. Barbara Kowalski

    11 February 2021 5 months ago

    When I met her last February in Denver Ruth’s zest for life was quickly evident. What joy she brought to those around her.
    She made the world a better place. To all her friends and family, my sincere condolences.

  2. Jackie Evans

    10 February 2021 5 months ago

    Love and peace Ruth.

  3. Alison Boyer-Rood

    10 February 2021 5 months ago

    Ruth was always a positive force and a lovely person to be around. I knew I could depend on her good council during my 1st three years as a physical therapist in home care. I will always remember the good times we shared. She and her family will be on my mind.

  4. Jan DeVrieze

    09 February 2021 5 months ago

    Ruth’s presence in life was aspiring to say the least. She was very well respected by all her co-workers. Ruth was very helpful and kind, guiding me through my homecare days. Thoughts and prayers for her family and friends. Truly a great person, she will be missed by all.

  5. Mariflor Ramirez

    09 February 2021 6 months ago

    In peace rest her soul. My prayers and condolences for all her family.

  6. Judi Powers

    09 February 2021 6 months ago

    To my friend Ruth – who I got to know through Paula and Kevin – you brought light into many hearts, you brought smiles to many faces and you always had a fun time – with your co-workers. Rest in peace with God’s blessings.

  7. Becca stuck

    09 February 2021 6 months ago

    So sorry for your loss. I worked with Ruth many years. She was wonderful kind caring. Good people!

  8. Anonymous

    08 February 2021 6 months ago

    We are very sort for your loss. Had the privilege of knowing Ruth through my daughter, Christie. What a wonderful lady. Thoughts and prayers for family and friends.
    Gary and Monica Sorenson

  9. Erin White

    08 February 2021 6 months ago

    I am so blessed to have worked with Ruth. She was a shining spot of joy in all that I ever did with her. She was never to busy to help and teach me something. I wish I had a chance to say goodbye. Blessings and peace to her family.

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