Date of Death: January 19, 2021

Service Details

According to family wishes, cremation has been conducted. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Three Rivers with Pastor Rich Saunders of the Three Rivers Church of the Nazarene officiating. Social distancing guidelines will be in place.

Obituary Notice

Beverly Joyce Ruggles, 88, of Three Rivers, passed away on January 19, 2021 at Bowman Place Assisted Living Community.

She was born on December 22, 1932 in Constantine, the son of Kenneth L. and Rachel (Kauffman) Spade.  Beverly was lovingly raised by her adoptive father, Clyde O. Mohney, after her biological father passed away at the age of 22.

Beverly was a cheerleader at Three Rivers High School from which she graduated in 1951. After raising her family, she went on to Western Michigan University where she earned her bachelor’s in education.

She wed her beloved Elwin Ruggles on August 24, 1952 in the 9th Street Methodist Church, Three Rivers, by The Reverend Harold Jacobs. High school sweethearts, Beverly and Elwin were happily married for 68 years before his passing on November 4, 2020. The couple had never been apart except for his basic training; after that time, she moved to Pittsburgh, Pa. to be near him.

Beverly spent 25 years teaching sixth grade and special education at White Pigeon Community Schools, from where she retired.

She adored her grandchildren and could often be found helping with babysitting. She also spent many years teaching Sunday School at the Three Rivers Church of the Nazarene.

Remaining to cherish Beverly’s memory are children Kathleen (Steve) Whitney of Colorado, Beth (George) Drew of Three Rivers and Daniel (Karen) Ruggles of Three Rivers. Grandchildren; Matthew Whitney, Melissa James, Megan Tomczak, Jynell Tackett, Deborah Drew, Jillian Shreve, Nicholas Ruggles, and Robert Drew. She leaves also 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, Keith (Shirley Conley) Mohney; and many nieces and nephews.

Extended family who were and are loved dearly: Diane (Krull) Boynton, Chantelle Casey, Mariana Aquino, Debi Haynes, and lifelong friend Lois “Ann” Williams of Three Rivers.

Beverly was preceded in death by her husband, Elwin; parents; and beloved daughter-in-law Melody (Shoemaker) Ruggles.

Additional Information

Memorial donations in Beverly’s name may be directed to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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  1. Dan, Beth, and Lois ‘Ann’,
    Bev was always ‘teaching’ me things over the years and I enjoyed the stories she told me about her time as a teacher. She had a great sense of humor, and was a warm and friendly person. Everyone liked Bev. I’m sure she was a great mom and friend to those who knew her best.

  2. Kathy, Beth, Dan, Jillie & Family,
    So very sorry for your loss.
    So close to losing your Dad & Grandpa.
    They are together in heaven. They lived their lives for this day.
    God bless.
    Prayers & hugs,
    David & Denise Miller

  3. She was such a sweet lady. She was very patient and willing to help her students to better themselves, and to make learning more entertaining; yet, worked very hard, to bring out the best, of each student. I enjoyed having her as my 6th grade teacher. She always managed to take an extra moment or two, to help me, when I needed it. Thank you, Mrs. Ruggles

  4. One the best teachers, human beings that I had the great honor of working with! She alway took time for each student , staff member, parent! I had the pleasure of being at a party at her home absolutely loved her Christmas Room! God has certainly gotten a great angle with her passing!🙏🏻

  5. Dear Ruggles family, I worked with your mom for several years in
    White Pigeon Schools. She was a wonderful person to teach those age levels! She taught my older son. She let him work at his own pace since he was very self motivated. She also assigned harder work for him from time to time so he was challenged. My husband and I were invited to dinner at her home when she retired as a sort of thank you retirement thing. Loved working with her.. Bless all of you!

    • She was my 6th grade teacher. What a wonderful woman! I still have the note she wrote me when our 6th grade year was over. Prayers of comfort for her family!

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