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Ruth Vernon Michael Suter
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Obituary for Ruth Vernon Michael Suter

Ruth Vernon Lunsford Michael Suter, 98, of Bridgewater, passed away Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the Bridgewater Home.

She was born in Fauquier Co., VA on November 25, 1919, and was a daughter of the late Roy Bennett and Mary Jane (Crummett) Lunsford.

Ruth worked as a CNA at Bridgewater Home, Woodland at VMRC and did private duty nursing for several years. She was a member of the Victory Fellowship Church. She loved music and to cook and sew.

She was united in marriage on December 5, 1940, to Roscoe Weldon Michael, who preceded her in death on October 7, 1989, then on September 12, 1998 she was united in marriage to Harold Dewitt Suter, who died on November 5, 2003.

She is survived by five children, LeRoy Arnold Michael and wife Gail, Roger Blair Michael and wife Karen, Mary Lieu Shiflet Cline and husband Nolan, Deborah Irene Hinton and husband Roger, and Clifford Sherrill Michael and wife Diana; two step sons, Charlie Suter and wife Joyce and Lonnie Suter and wife Linda; five sisters, Christine Frye, Helen Boldridge, Doris Graham, Patsy Vann, and Peggy Woods. She is also survived by Grandchildren, Stephen Mark Michael (Angela), Melody Dawn Michael Zimmerman (Mark), Roy Wayne Shiflet, Jr. (Sarah), Stacy Aaron Shiflet (Julie), LeAnn Michelle Hinton Arthur (Aubrey), Roxanna Louise Michael Zook (Dan), Jeremy Paul Michael (Heather), Jonathan Gordon Michael, Abigail Michael and Elizabeth Michael; seven great grandchildren, Claire and Luke Zimmerman, Eve and Gabriel Michael, Matthew Arthur, Blakely Michael, and Sofia Shiflet.

She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Rebecca Marie Hinton, a grandson Roger Lee Hinton, Jr., a step-son Winston Suter, son-in-law Roy Wayne Shiflet, eight brothers, Chester, Melvin, Robert, Eugene, Roy, Jr., Mitchell, John, and David Lunsford, and three sisters, Frances Hough, Mary Lee Barrett, and Margaret Springer.

A funeral service will be held at Victory Fellowship Church at 11:00 AM on Monday, April 2, 2018 with Rev. W.L. “Sonny” Henkel and Rev. C. Sherrill Michael officiating. Burial will be private.

The family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Victory Fellowship Church, PO Box 326, Dayton, VA 22821 or Gideon’s International, PO Box 734, Harrisonburg, VA 22803.

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11:00 AM
Victory Fellowship Church

3206 Limestone Lane
Dayton, VA 22821

The family will receive friends following the service


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