Ruth Hale Hodges

Ruth Hale Hodges

Ruth passed away in September, 1967 - 50 years this September.

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09/07/16 08:14 AM #1    

Marianne Camp Schmink

Ruth graduated from high school in a wheelchair, battling bone cancer from which she died later in 1967.  She was an incredible wit and wonderful friend.

09/08/16 02:18 PM #2    

Susan Munsell ((Hollingshead))

She stayed with us through that summer and died several days after the last of her closest friends had left for college.  She told her mother not to contact us right away.  She wanted us to be there and to move forward with our lives.  She was amazingly brave.

09/10/16 12:31 AM #3    

Susan Bauer

A funny memory I have of Ruthie was the night a group of us were driving to the Senior variety show. (I can't remember the name.) At that point, she was wearing a wig, and as she rolled up the window, part of the wig was left flying in the breeze which apparently she was unawares. We all laughed, including Ruth. Yes, she was so brave at a time that I had no idea what she was experiencing.

09/13/16 07:40 PM #4    

Madelene (Maddee) Sommers (Kepes)

Ruth and I were both Youth For Understanding exchange students to the Netherlands the summer of 1966.  On the flight home we shared our experiences.  My summer had been abruptly altered when my Dutch father suffered a serious heart attack and I was shuffled off to relatives who did not speak English.  But Ruth had been placed with a wealthy family who took her all over the country and were terrific hosts.  She described it as the very best summer of her life.  I was a little envious at the time; but when Ruth took ill and later succumbed, I was so happy she'd had that wonderful summer and wished she could have had many more.

10/16/16 05:34 PM #5    

Marjorie Martin Howe (Goldstein)

Ruth and I sat next to each other during Field day when we were Wizards.  She was a wonderful friend but in great pain.  We figured out a way I could raise her arm for her so it looked inconspicuous and gave her as little pain as possible.  The costume helped with its long sleeves.  She didn't want anyone to know she was having trouble with the routine.  Throughout the rehearsals she did the best she could.  She didn't come to them all and I don't remember if she was there on the actual day.  I loved her wit and humor and the courage she showed every day. I think of her often with fondness and admiration.

07/01/17 07:43 PM #6    

Susan Cutting ((Wischman))

I was just thinking about our gutsie classmate Ruthie Hodges. Remember how her two goals were to walk at graduation and get into Michigan State? She was the first friend I lost to Cancer and unfortunately there have been many in her wake, but boy, she showed such grace, determination and bravery. Remember how her mom made her dreams a reality? "Make a Wish" could learn fro Momma Hodges playbook.


07/01/17 07:45 PM #7    

Susan Cutting ((Wischman))

Sue Bauer: I remember that. Was Molly with us?

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