Ruth Rahn Howson

February 2, 1932 ~ December 22, 2021

Ruth Howson, age 89, of Rockford was called to her heavenly home on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Arthur Thomas; sister Lois Coulson; brothers, Fred Rahn, Al Rahn, Chet Rahn and son-in-law Kai Sun. Ruth will be lovingly remembered by her children Kathy Sun, John Howson, Carolyn (John) Calcutt; grandchildren, Laura (Ryan) Smith, Kristen (Kyle) Rose, Emily (Jacob Goryl) Sun, Christie (Carlos) Medina; great grandchildren, Juniper, Kai, Penelope, Elliott, Oliver, Jack, Dean, Clark, brother, Ken Rahn, brother-in-law, Bill (Anne) Howson, and dear friend Dana White, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Ruth was a warm, caring, loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved her family and passed on a genuine appreciation of nature and the outdoors. Ruth had a big heart and truly enjoyed her teaching career with first and second graders at Reeths Puffer Schools. She was an active woman who spent time knitting, sailing, skiing, and backpacking in the Smoky Mountains. Ruth was an avid gardener and volunteered at the Fredrick Meijer Gardens. She attended GVSU for her Bachelor Degree and WMU for her Masters Degree and was the first in her immediate family to obtain a college degree. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 4:30 pm. Friends and relatives may meet the family from 3:30 to 4:30 pm at Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 1601 Post Drive NE, Belmont, MI 4930 Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Hospice. Online condolences may be left at

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January 06, 2022 12:41pm

I was so saddened to learn of Ruth’s passing.  She was such a kind, caring lady and I was proud to call her my friend.  Ruth will be missed.
Judy Walsh

- Judy Walsh

January 06, 2022 12:12am

Kind, compassionate, and loving. These are all words that describe Aunt Ruth. My Uncle Art was my hero, but Aunt Ruth was always at his side. Yes, she was traditional, but she always made the ordinary seem extraordinary. I remember her excitement about the prospect of building their own home out on “the property” at Riley Thompson Road. Always involved in her family’s lives, she was a quiet matriarch of the family. My memories of her are filled with summer dinners and little day trips. My dad and I would visit fairly regularly during the 70’s and early 80’s. Aunt Ruth will be missed. I taught first and second grade in public school and would often think of her. I know Cousin Carrie, John, Kathy will especially miss her. What a marvelous legacy she left behind in her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Aeron “Art” Howson

- Aeron “Art” Howson

January 03, 2022 10:04am

Praying for all the family.  She is now at peace.

- Jan Frazier

December 30, 2021 9:47pm

What a wonderful lady!  . She will be missed.

- Linda

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