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Updated: 02/16/2014 08:00:01AM

Ruth E. Botts

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Ruth E. Botts, 87, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.

She was born Feb. 18, 1926, in Coopersville, Mich., the daughter of John and Sarah (nee Vanden Berg) Van Wingerden.

Ruth loved her Lord and her family; she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She served as a Sunday School teacher and a choir member, as well as in many other capacities, at Rockford (Mich.) Baptist Church, and at First Baptist Church of Port Charlotte. She will be remembered as a prayer warrior, and was a true example of a Proverbs 31 wife.

Ruth will be greatly missed by her daughters, Sally (Russ) Acker, Lois Armour and Sue (Pete) Elgersma; son, Dan (Michele) Botts; sister, Peggy Carlson; sisters-in-law, Ivy Van Wingerden and Etta Van Wingerden; brother, John (Jan) Van Wingerden; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service in celebration of Ruth’s life will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at First Baptist Church of Port Charlotte. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice via To express condolences to the family, please visit and sign the online guest book.

Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services.

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