Ethel J. Raut, 84

June 27, 2011
  • Ethel J. Raut
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APRIL 15, 1927-JUNE 25, 2011

Ethel Jane Raut of East Lansing, Mich., 84, died Saturday, June 25, 2011, at Whitehills Health Care Center, East Lansing.

She was born April 15, 1927, in Clear Spring, Md.

Ethel was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel Dally Henson and Cora Edda Henson; seven sisters, Violet Cooper, Dora Myers, Elizabeth Tosten, Frances Mills, Catherine Snodderly, Beulah Snodderly and Baby Betty; and five brothers, Cletus Henson, Fred Henson, Woodrow Henson, Bernard Henson and Wilbur Henson.

Ethel was a family child-care home provider from 1975 until her retirement in 1992. Her gentle, loving guidance and nurturance is fondly remembered by Ulrich Moore of Michigan City, Ind., and Jamil Buie of Durham, N.C., along with many others for whom she cared.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 43 years, Hari K. Raut; daughter, Wanda (Frank) Watkins; grandson, William (Cathy) Watkins; great-granddaughters, Brittani and Kati Watkins of Williamsport, Md.; conservator and family friend, Sylvia Buie of East Lansing; and friends, Teresa Cross of Fayetteville, Ga., Garry Moore of Grand Ledge, Mich., and Vallerie McArthur-Donald of East Lansing.

Ethel will be missed for her kindheartedness, enthusiasm and love of life.

Funeral services will be Thursday, June 30, at 2 p.m. at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. Friends my pay their respects Wednesday, June 29, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The family will receive visitors one hour before the service at the funeral home.

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