Life Story / Obituary
Today, we laid to rest the matriarch of our family, our mother and grandmother, Ruth Ellen Torres of Traverse City. God called her home on July 2, 2020.
Ruth Ellen (Williams) Torres was born on June 13, 1931 in Canvas, West Virginia, the daughter of Carrie May (Chapman) and Alexander Cecil Williams.
She attended West Virginia University for nursing and later attended Wayne State University to study accounting. Ruth was the Republican district representative in Detroit during the late sixties through 1970. She was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the VFW in Detroit and a member of Summit City Grange as well as the Lake Ann Lion’s club.
She is survived by her sister Lillie (Paul) Williams Baughman, nephews Paul Baughman and John Baughman, her daughters Providencia Torres Maldonado Tomey, Carmen (Craig) Torres Maldonado Tremp and Sheri Torres. Grandchildren Carriann (Kevin) Saxton Gonyer, Ryan (Jessica) Tomey, Shawn (Jennifer) Tomey, Devin Tremp, Christian Tremp, Brenna Tremp, Rosa Wasson, Caitlin Bembry, and Joseph Bembry. Great Grandchildren Cammie Beth Gonyer, Jacob Salmons, Joshua Salmons, Haley Salmons, Kelsie Gonyer, Zachary Gonyer, Chase Gonyer, Joslyn Adams, Brandon Adams, Gabrial Tomey, Perrin Tomey, Ophillia Tomey, Isaiz Tomey, Mathew Tomey, Sadie Tomey, Piper Bembry, Mystee Carroll, Ocean Bembry, Midnight Carroll, and River Carroll and great, great grandchildren, Michael Henning, Elijah Henning, Elizabeth Henning, Jack Schnipke and Mackenzie Davis.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, husband Isaiaz Torres, daughter Anita Torres Bembry, infant daughters Yolanda Maldonado and Susan Maldonado, and infant great granddaughter Anita Scharnett.
Ruth was always so full of life and willing to recount any part of her 89 years to her children and grandchildren and was of course always ready to feed anyone that walked through her door to visit. Ruth was a very smart woman, working in accounting at City National bank in downtown Detroit for a number of years, running the Summit City Grocery with her family in Summit City, Michigan and ending her career at the Post Office in Traverse City, Michigan. For the Grandchildren, the post office was the best because it meant unlimited Tootsie Rolls until she retired. In retirement, she enjoyed her gardening and everyone that attended today's service took home a plant to remember her by. We will always remember your kindness, warmth and as you can see in this picture, your happiness!
We love you Grandma! Thank you for keeping the thunderstorms at bay today while we celebrated your life and prayed for your soul, rest in peace and enjoy Heaven with Grandpa and Aunt Anita.
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