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Ruth L. Hagan



Memorial Contributions:

Humane Society of West Michigan

3077 Wilson Drive NW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49534

(Please mark your checks on the memo line “in memory of Ruth Hagan” so that the family can acknowledge your kind remembrance.)

Ruth Lupton Hagan passed away at the age of 96 on December 24, 2022. She was born on September 17th, 1926. Her parents were Murtle Bosley Lupton and Elmer Hamilton Lupton.

Ruth had fond memories from her teenaged years of spending summers on her parents’ boat on the Chesapeake Bay. She enjoyed eating crab cakes. She was proud of being a Marylander.

Ruth graduated in 1948 from Notre Dame of Maryland University. In college, besides class work in her major of Biology, she was the co-captain of the synchronized swimming team. Soon after graduating, she married Woodrow “Woody” Wilson Hagan of Baltimore Maryland. She loved raising a family and being a housewife. She was proud of her chosen career and life’s work.

From an early age, she felt deep affection for dogs. She enjoyed roller skating and one of her earliest dates with Woody Hagan was to go roller skating. About the time Debbie, her youngest child, started high school, she took up and became an avid knitter. She particularly liked making cable knit sweaters. As empty nesters, she and Woody took up motorcycling.

Ruth is survived by her son, Richard Lupton Hagan (Terry West); and her daughter, Deborah “Debbie” Hagan Mitlyng (Jerry, deceased). Ruth is preceded in death by her husband, Woody Hagan; and by her daughter, Patricia “Pat” Hagan Preyer. Also surviving her are her granddaughter, Kirsten Louise Swindall (John); and her grandson, Justin Brett Preyer (Amanda); and four great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 PM, on Friday, December 30, 2022, at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to an organization where she had volunteered, the Humane Society of West Michigan, 3077 Wilson Drive NW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49534 (Please mark your checks on the memo line “in memory of Ruth Hagan” so that the family can acknowledge your kind remembrance.)

Ruth will be interred at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Towson, Maryland on January 6, 2023. There will be visitation at Ruck Towson Funeral Home from 9:30 AM-10:30 AM followed by a graveside service at 10:45 AM.

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5 Responses

  1. I am deeply saddened I have lost my friend Ruth. We shared our love for dogs and pets in general. I am grateful for the short time I got to know Ruth. May she rest in peace. We will miss you! Herman, Connie, Arthur 2, and Rhett

  2. Gizmo and I miss our daily stop to visit with Ruth on our morning walk. We shared our love of our dogs. Ruth is greatly missed! Sandra & Giz

  3. I was blessed to have had Ruth as a good friend for the past twenty two years . she was a great neighbor and we kept in touch since I moved away from her neighborhood. She will be missed.

  4. It was a great pleasure to be Ruth’s caregiver. We had good time laughing and chatting about any and everything. She was a friend and I will surely miss her. Many Blessings to her lovely family. Praying that God will give you all comfort and strength.

  5. Our condolences to Richard and Terry in the passing of Richard’s mother, Ruth.

    The Winquist Family

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