Ruth Garlinger, 85

Ruth Nadine Garlinger, age 85, of Mendon, died Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 at Three Rivers Health. She was born in Camp Point, IL on Jan. 27, 1932 the daughter of Russell and Hazel (Kestner) Johnson. She graduated from Camp Point High School. For many years she resided in Nashville, MI where she was the proprietor of Little’s Country Store, and made cakes and candy for customers and family. She also served on the Nashville Library Board. Ruth was all about family, and family gatherings. She enjoyed playing cards, puzzles, word-searches, and gardening.

Ruth is survived by three children, Richard (Jody) Little of Kalamo, Jeffery (Laurie) Little of Hastings, and Josie (Dan) Stienbarger of Mendon; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Norma Jean Jacobs-Worrick of Quincy, IL; several nieces and nephews; and her constant companion, Izzy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ceylon Garlinger in 1997; 2 sons, Rodney Kent Little and Lawrence Ray Little; and by 4 brothers, Ralph, Roy, Gus, and Rolland Johnson.

In keeping with her wishes, cremation has been conducted, and services will be planned at a later date. Memorial donations may be directed to a charity of one’s choice. Assistance was provided by the Eickhoff Funeral Home of Mendon. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

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