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Ruth Karen Lafevor, 75, of Sanford, was surrounded by family singing hymns of praise while passing on to Heaven on January 21, 2020. She was born on June 30, 1944 to the late Edward and Evelyn (Staten) Young. On August 13, 1966 she married Delmar Lafevor and they shared 53 wonderful years together.

Ruth was a member of Midland Nazarene Church since 1967. She graduated from Olivet Nazarene University and obtained a Master’s degree in English from Central Michigan University. She was a college professor and educator touching thousands of lives in the classroom and personal tutoring sessions. She was also an avid reader and author having written and published many short articles, skits and the book “Memories of Silver Bay.” She had sailed the Great Lakes with her loving husband for many, many miles. She was a Sunday School teacher her entire life, a member of the Gideon Auxiliary for 43 years and a devoted Detroit Tigers fan. She was an Amateur Radio Operator with call numbers WD8ODG. Her main passion was God, which was shown by her love and service to others, especially her grandchildren.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Delmar, children; Debbie (Wayne) McNett, Pam (Darin) Brown, Karen (Brian) Solomon, Dave (Tonya) Lafevor, grandchildren, Bethany (Luke) Strong, Heather McNett, Nicole Solomon, Morgan Lafevor, Christopher McNett, Kasey Brown, Carter Brown, Jacob Lafevor, Bailey Lafevor, great grandchild, Kinley Strong. She is also survived by her aunt, Evelyn “Google” Young, brother-in-law, Larry (Kay) Lafevor, sisters-in-law, Edna (Gary) Rapp and Dee Lafevor.

A funeral service will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Midland Nazarene Church with Pastor Chuck Jacobson officiating. Visitation will be held at Smith-Miner Funeral Home on Friday, January 24, 2020 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the church from 3 pm until the time of service. A graveside service will take place at 11:00 am on Monday, January 27, 2020 at Edenville Township Cemetery.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Gideons International or Olivet Nazarene University.

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


Condolence Messages

  1. Patricia Hitchcock

    28 January 2020 2 years ago

    Ruth lived the life in God she taught. He kindness and humbleness taught as much as her good words. She will always bring up strong positive thoughts and emotions when I think of her.

  2. Marge Parker

    26 January 2020 2 years ago

    Dan and I are so sorry to learn of Ruth’s passing. We always had fun times with you and Ruth in Gideons. Our prayers are with you.

  3. Donald Duford

    26 January 2020 2 years ago

    Ruth was a very special friend to my wife and me. We were Gideons and at that time of life we had a wayward son. Ruth and so many of the Gideons remembered our family and son in their prayers and their prayers reached heaven and God through the dedication of their prayers touched our son’s life. We will never forget Del and Ruth and the way they impacted our life. Ruth loved her Lord and Savior and today she reaps the benefits of God’s Mercy and Grace. Soon we will all meet again to spend an eternity together. See you soon Ruth
    Don & Gail Duford

  4. Tracy and Jorge Guerrero

    24 January 2020 2 years ago

    No one can replace your mom, but God can comfort your heart. He knows what you need during this time much better than anyone else. Jorge and I send our deepest thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  5. Marilyn and Michael Cramer

    24 January 2020 2 years ago

    Now she’s in a better place, but will be missed by many.
    A long time friend and a good person.

  6. Cyndie Blodgett

    23 January 2020 2 years ago

    I loved Ruth’s sense of humor. I’m so sorry to hear of her passing.

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