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Ruth Melching

1933 - 2021


Ruth Ann Melching went to be with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on Tuesday, December 14, 2021. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at her home on Canby Road in Levering.

She was the youngest child of Lester and Ruth Ann (Wilsey) Bayha. Her siblings were sisters, Norma Edwards and Doris Ericks, and her brother, Frank Bayha, all of whom are deceased.

She grew up on the small family farm also on Canby Road. She loved riding her horse in the area surrounding the farm. She attended the Canby School in the elementary grades where her mother was the teacher. She graduated from Pellston High School. In 1951 she met and married Robert H. Melching of Harbor Springs. They settled on a small farm on Schmalzried Road in Levering. As Bob would say, they were “blessed” with six children and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. When he told about that he referred to a bible verse he called the Melching Family verse. “Call upon me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things you do not know”. Jeremiah 33:3. Bob ad Ruth faithfully attended the Victory Baptist Church in Levering where they were very active in service for the Lord. She taught herself to play the guitar as a young adult. The farm house full of little children were often blessed by tune of the early years of country music as well as hymns and children’s songs. She also shared her music as she played and sang “specials” at her church.

Ruth is survived by six children, Anna (Russel) Rohrbacker of Fort Collins, Colorado, Mary Lou Cooper of Alpha, Leslie Melching of Levering, Betty (Paul) Emmons of Brutus, Robert (Bridget) Melching of Levering and Bill (Kim) Melching of Central Lake; many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Friends may visit the Victory Baptist Church on Saturday, December 18th from 1 p.m. through time of her memorial service at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, her family asks that memorials be given to Victory Baptist Church, 6185 Mill Street, Levering, Michigan 48755.

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