Ruth Ann Benjamin-Utter


Ruth Ann Benjamin-Utter passed away at home surrounded by family on Feb. 2, 2021.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Gary; children, Nick Utter, Anna Utter, Matthew Utter; her mother, Margaret Benjamin; grandmother, Ann Hanson; uncle, Jerry (Sue) Hanson; and cousins, Gerry Hanson, John Hanson, Scott Hanson and Joe Hanson. She was predeceased by her father, Harold Benjamin; grandparents, John Hanson, Leonard and Ruth Benjamin; and uncle, Bruce Benjamin.

Ruth requested to be cremated with a memorial service to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Mid Michigan Hospice, MFMC, or Operation Christmas Child.

Born in Mount Pleasant, Mich., on June 3, 1971, to Harold and Margaret (Hanson) Benjamin, she was raised in Warsaw, N.Y., graduated from Perry High School in 1989, returning to Midland after graduating from D’Youville college with a degree in physical therapy. Since then, she has primarily worked at MidMichigan Health.

Ruth married Gary Utter on Jan. 1, 2016.

Ruth’s interest in people, their strengths, passions, talents, and quirks, showed itself as she mentored students then moved into management and administrative roles.

She was admired for the way she listened to anyone, respecting their insight. She was trusted for her follow through and her discretion.

She cared so much for patients, residents, and her team. This was expressed in so many ways and she was loved both for her attentiveness and for her humor.

Her problem-solving skills and her sense of fun also shone through at home, both with family and friends and in her passion for geocaching—a game that allowed her to be outside and to go on adventures. It also allowed her to compete, ferociously but joyfully, with herself and with others.

A blessing to have as a daughter, a wife, or a friend, Ruth focused on growing her faith, her career, and her relationships. Dearly loved by her husband, Gary, she helped re-ignite his own faith and open his world to travel and adventure.

Courageously embracing life, even as she engaged in round three with cancer, here are some of her parting words:

Love one another, be patient, be kind, and always faithful...

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