Ruth Mae Miles

Born: Wed., Aug. 18, 1954
Died: Tue., Jul. 25, 2017


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sun., Jul. 30, 2017
Location: Alford's Mortuary Chapel

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Mon., Jul. 31, 2017
Location: Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church

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Ruth Mae (Hall) Miles, 62, of Ponderosa Court, South Bend, Indiana-affectionately known by the family as "Ruthie," a devoted wife, sister, aunt, and friend, entered the peaceful arms of our Lord and Savior on Tuesday morning, July 25, 2017. The third eldest of six children, she was born on August 18, 1954 to Dan and Annie Mae Hall who both peceded her in death.

At the time of her passing, Ruth was employed at Beacon Health Systems (formerly Memorial Hospital) as Human Resource Business Partner, where she served for 37 years.  She also worked for several years as a Licensed Real Estate Agent. Ruth attended Benton Harbor High School (graduating in 1972); and went on to attend Lake Michigan College.

On April 18, 1981, in Benton Harbor, MI, Ruth united in holy matrimony to George A. Miles Sr. Although this union was not blessed with any biological children, together, Ruth and George shared a loving-devoted relationship with son, George A. Miles Jr. and a “special nephew”, Michael Hall, who was like a son.

Ruth confessed her faith in Christ at an early age under the leadership of Reverend Willard McAfee, now under the tutelage of Reverend Willie T. Burton Sr. of New Paradise Missionary Baptist Church,    Benton Harbor, MI, where she grew up singing in the youth choir. 

Later relocating to South Bend, IN, Ruth sang for many years with the Michiana Gospel Choir; and united along with her husband, to Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.  After many years of dedicated fellowship there, Ruth and George were led to become servants of Bethlehem Missionary    Baptist Church, where she served until summoned to her Heavenly home.

Ruth was very active with several organizations: she served on the National Delegate and Administrative Board of Girl Scouts for the State of Indiana; organized and chartered South Bend Chapter of National Association of Healthcare Executives; where she was certified as the Human Resource Professional in 2000; South Bend Area Chapter of The Links, Inc.; a member of State and Local South Bend Chapter of  Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM); Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation/South Bend Heritage Foundation (Homeownership Program); and the Michiana Gospel Choir.

Ruth leaves behind to mourn her passing but cherish her memories, a devoted husband, George A. Miles Sr.; two sisters: Deborah (Ezell Cox) Hall, Benton Harbor, MI and Pamela (Nate) Webb, Lansing, MI; sister-cousins: Kathy Jones, Indianapolis, IN, Shelia (Frank) Hawkins, West Memphis, AR and Rosemary Cooper, Indianapolis, IN; two brothers: Alvin Hall, Oklahoma City, OK and Danny (Kathleen) Hall, Seminole, OK; affectionate sisters-in-law, Deborah (Larry) Jones, Phyllis (Michael) Phillips, Janice (Wayne) Batteast; one brother-in-law, Ben (Margaret) Miles; she also leaves her goddaughters: Tacarra Blade,  Erica Shelton, Erin Carter-Wortham, and Eliysa Witherspoon; along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, especially those she had worked with for so many years at Beacon Health Systems.

Along with her parents, a brother David Hall Jr.; and brother-cousin Randy Bell, also preceded her in death.

Ruth was well known for her friendly outgoing yet candid personality and had an awesome ability to plan any successful event, especially for her “Fun and Chatty Girlfriend Parties.” Along with that, she loved entertaining family and friends in their home and had a knack for decorating. At her annual “Thanksmas Celebrations,” officially known as Thanksgiving, it was nothing to walk into her home and see no less than five Christmas trees, beautifully decorated along with all kinds of holiday embellishments spewed inside and outside.

In every sense of the word, Ruth was a real Diva, who also loved to strut her hats, that will be greatly missed, by all who had the pleasure to know her.

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Georgia Ann Moss -Muskegon, Michigan
   Posted Wed July 26, 2017
2 Corinthians 5:8, "Absent from the body, present with the Lord".

Rest in the Lord, my friend!

Praying for George, the siblings of Ruth and the entire Hall/Miles Family.

Alberta Jackson-Brown & Family
   Posted Thu July 27, 2017
George Miles & Hall Family, my heart is very heavy with sorrow for the loss of a very dear friend, my prayers are with each of you. Going to miss that Hardy laugh and that great smile she always gives. Sleep that Heavenly peace in glory..R.I.H.

Rhonda L. Edwards
   Posted Fri July 28, 2017
Miles Family, My mother and I are sorry for the loss of Sister Ruth.She was a wonderful Lady. May God Strengthen you at this difficult time...

--God Bless

Wilma Gold-Jones
   Posted Fri July 28, 2017
George you and your family are in my prayers. I will miss my dear friend Ruth and her loving heart for family and friends.

Matthew 5:8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God"

God Bless Wilma

Vivian and Arnold Sallie
   Posted Fri July 28, 2017
We are both shocked and saddened by news of Ruth's death. She was a super-good person and friend to both of us. Our thoughts and prayers are sent to George and family.

Kay Parker
   Posted Sat July 29, 2017

Cross with red and white silks was sent by Bobby Parker.

Thinking of you, George. Wishing I could be there. Your Brother-In -Law, Bobby Parker and Family

Barbara Wilson
   Posted Sat July 29, 2017

GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by The Rev. Barbara Wilson and the Chaplains at Memorial Hospital Beacon Health System.

Praying for God's peace and consolation for Ruth's friends and family. Ruth is celebrating with the saints and Jesus, but we will miss her terribly.

Myra L. Butts
   Posted Sun July 30, 2017
Our condolences to George and the family. Sorry I won't be there for the homegoing services because I'm out of town. We will miss our dear friend who was such a loving, gifted child of God. She will especially be missed when it's time to decorate our Christmas tree. May those who loved Ruth shed your tears and share your stories and imulate her legacy. Memories Lasting Beyond. Love ya, M.L. Butts & Mama Butts

Josephine Smith
   Posted Sun July 30, 2017
We are praying for the family of Ruth's that the eternal God will give you the strength that you need during this transitional time. You have our love and prayers.

Mr. and Mrs. Rickey Ward
   Posted Mon July 31, 2017
To George and family sorry to hear of your loss. Praying that Gods peace and strength be with you all.

Dea Andrews and Tammy Bell
   Posted Mon July 31, 2017
We hold your family in the Light as they adjust to their loss. We feel honored to have known you and will miss you.

Betty Sue (Marshall) Hill
   Posted Mon July 31, 2017
To the family of Ruthie, especially her beloved George

Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss.
May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.
Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow.
The Marshall- Hill families

Rita Thomas
   Posted Tue August 01, 2017
My thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Ruthie Miles. May you find comfort and strength in your faith in God.

Georcie C Simmons-Jones
   Posted Tue August 08, 2017
Deepest sympathy to Ruth's family. She has already done what the rest of us must do...."Death be not it proud"

   Posted Mon August 14, 2017
My heart goes out to your family. I am so sorry that you are going through this difficult time. Psalms 46:1 says, God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress. And remember that God hates it when one of His children dies (Matthew 18:14, 1 Corinthians 15:26). So He makes Himself available in order to comfort us. In fact, 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 refers to Him as the "God of all comfort". Pray to Him for strength to get through this most difficult time. Weep to Him when the words just won't come out. He will really help you (Isaiah 41:10) because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). And please, call upon His name found at Psalm 83:18.

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