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Ruth Alice Ross Burlingame

July 24, 1930 — October 18, 2016

Ruth Alice Ross Burlingame, 86, of Berrien Springs died Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at Woodland Terrace of Longmeadow in Niles. 

Ruth was born July 24, 1930, in Buchanan to Earl and Minta Ross.  She was a sister to Cathleen, Lavonne, Earl Jr., Kerry, who predeceased her; and her two devoted sisters, Dorothy Masterson of Bridgman and Sharon Hall of Stevensville, who survive her.

Ruth graduated from Berrien Springs High School in 1947.  She was an all-A student and loved school.  After graduating, she worked at Andy’s Supermarket, where she met Ralph LeRoy Burlingame.  They fell in love and were married on March 29, 1948. 

Ruth also worked for Dr. Gustin and later cooked for the Village SDA Church School in Berrien Springs.  She was a member of the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Ruth was a faithful and loving wife to LeRoy for 67 years until his death on March 4, 2015.  She was a wonderful mother to David (Jenifer) of Phoenix, Arizona; Stephen (Mary) of Williamston, Michigan; Richard (Deborah) of St. Joseph; Gary (Kara) of Salt Lake City, Utah; and Diane (Ronald Wendth) of Cincinnati, Ohio.  She was a grandmother to Lisa Burlingame, Lori Burlingame, Meredith (Andrew) Lajewski, Chris Burlingame, Tim (Lisa) Burlingame, Ben (Sarah) Burlingame, Chad (Tauna) Burlingame, Shaun (Cassandra) Burlingame, Brooke (Nick) Miller, Shelby Thompson, Sommer Thompson, Sofie Thompson, Seth Thompson, Michael (Kelly) Wendth, Matt (Amanda) Wendth, and Jenny Wendth.  She is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, October 24, at the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church in Berrien Springs.  Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m. Sunday, October 23, at Allred Funeral Home, 212 S. Main St., Berrien Springs.  Online condolences may be left at

Village Seventh-day Adventist Church
635 St. Joseph Avenue, Berrien Springs, MI 49103

Allred Funeral Home
212 South Main Street, Berrien Springs, MI 49103

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