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Ruby D. Burgess

Died: Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Age: 86
Ruby D. Burgess, age 86, of Imlay City passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at Lapeer Regional Medical Center.

Ruby Doris Clink was born May 11, 1923 in Lynn Township. She was a daughter of Jesse and Eva Clink. She grew up in the Deckerville and Carsonville areas. She married her sweetheart, Marvin Burgess, on December 17, 1940 in Sanilac County. Marvin was a World War II veteran. He died on February 15, 1975.

Ruby’s greatest joy came from spending time with her family, especially watching the babies grow. Her favorite forms of entertainment were slot machines, bingo halls, race tracks, and roller coasters. She had worked for decades as a cook at eateries such as Keegan Steak House in Emmett and Pure Oil Hi-Speed Restaurant in Imlay City.

Ruby retired at age 81 from the Meijer Department store in Lapeer, where she converted the counter in the ladies department into her own personal welcome center. She found friends wherever she went; she made the world a better place. We will miss her zest for life.

She was a member of Imlay City VFW Auxiliary Post 2492 and a former Brown City VFW Auxiliary member.

Surviving are daughters, Joan Richardson of Atlanta, TX and Bernie (Allen) Hillman of Imlay City; sons, Jesse (Doris) Burgess of Buckeye, AZ and Russell (Carol) Burgess of Stanton; one sister-in-law, Rita Clink of Melvin; 17 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and her Best Buddy, Jackie Cronce of Imlay City. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin; son-in-law, James Richardson; sisters, Elsie Burgess and Donna Cronce; and brothers, Robert Burgess, Hollis Burgess and John Dale Burgess.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 30 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Imlay City. The Reverend Kevin Harbin, Pastor of the Imlay City United Methodist Church officiated. Burial followed in the Evergreen Cemetery, Brown City.
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