Ruth Lois Burgess

March 21, 1930 - October 10, 2011 

Ruth Lois Burgess

March 21, 1930 - October 10, 2011 

Obituary for Ruth Lois Burgess

Ruth L (Visser) Burgess, age 81, of Zeeland, Michigan, quietly passed away at the Hospice House of Holland, located in Holland, Michigan on Monday, October 10, 2011 after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Deeply loved by her family and friends, Ruth was received by her Heavenly Savior after a long and faithful life.

Ruth will be missed by her daughter, Sharon Nicholson, her son and daughter-in-law, Douglas & Lynnette Burgess, and four grandchildren, Michael & Benjamin Nicholson and Brendan & Katelyn Burgess.

Brothers-in-Law & Sisters-in-Law: Theresa Visser, widow of John Visser, Evelyn Visser, widow of Glenn Visser, Bernard & Joan VanSpyker, Jean Burgess, widow of George Burgess, Charles & Shirley Mannheim. Many nephews and nieces

Ruth was preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, Everet G. Burgess, elder son Edward Burgess, and daughters Linda Burgess and Karen Burgess. Parents: Peter & Ida Visser. Parents-in-Law: George & Jennie Burgess. Brothers & Their Wives: Edward & Dorothy Visser, John Visser, Richard & Bernice Visser, Glenn Visser, Robert Visser. Brother-in-Law & Sister–in-Law: George Burgess and Geraldine VanSpyker.

Formerly of Cicero, Illinois, Ruth married and moved to Whitinsville, Massachusettes, where she raised five children. She was a loving homemaker, accomplished hostess and cook, gifted painter and teacher of her craft, willing volunteer in church, school, and hospital, and an avid gardener. She will be remembered for her gracious kindness, her infectious laugh, and her loving influence.

A memorial service will be held 6:00 PM Friday, October 28, 2011 at the Graafschap Christian Reformed Church, 5973 Church Street, Holland, MI 49423. Calling hours will be held on from 4:00PM to 6:00 PM prior to the memorial service.

Those who wish to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider Hospice of Holland. Arrangements are in the care of Lakeshore Memorial Services. Please visit to leave a message or memory for the Burgess Family.

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