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Ruth A. Shellenbarger Acre
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Birth: Aug. 26, 1899
Isabella County
Michigan, USA
Death: Oct. 10, 1984
Saint Johns
Clinton County
Michigan, USA

RUTH AGNES SHELLENBARGER was born in 1899 in Clinton County, which is located within the "palm" of the glove shape which makes up the largest part of Michigan. Her parents were Willis Shellenbarger and Lucy Richardson. 18 year old Ruth married 21 year old Ovid Acre (a lifelong Duplain Township resident) in Lansing on July 1, 1917. Orin, a farmer, was a member of the Duplain Church of Christ.

Of note: Orin and Ruth's daughter Ivah was named after her aunt and Orin's sister Ivah, who had died at age 21 on Christmas Day, 1918 during the flu epidemic.

In 1967 Orin and Ruth celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in the Duplain Church where they renewed their wedding wows. The photo of the couple on this page was taken at that time. In attendance was their daughters, (Ruby) Mrs. Keith Kimball and (Ivah) Mrs. Robert Risley of St. Johns and (Elizabeth) Mrs. Dale Levey of Elsie -- along with their sons Lyle Acre of Ovid plus Paul Acre, Leon Acre and Sydney Acre of Elsie. Orin and Ruth had lived in Elsie all 50 years. At the time they had 25 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Following the 2:30 PM ceremeony an open house was held at the American Legion Hall.

After a three week illness, Orin died in Owosso Memorial Hospital at the age of 81 on December 12, 1976. His body was at rest in his home at 4901 Upton Road in Elsie until 9:30 AM before the funeral. Burial was in Elsie's Riverside Cemetery, where so many other Acres are also interred (and Ruth would follow eight years later).

Orin was survived by Ruth, four sons (Paul and Sidney of Elsie and Lyle and Leon of Ovid), three daughters (their married names: Elisabeth Levey of Elsie, Ruby Kimball of St. Johns and Ivah Risley of Ovid) and his sister Muriel of Dearborn Heights (who preferred using her middle name as her first). At the time of his death there were still the 25 grandchildren plus now ten great grandchildren.

Ruth died in 1984 and was buried next to Ovid. Her obituary was published in the Clinton County News on October 23, 1984 on page 8, column 1.

Groom's Name: Orin R Acre
Groom's Age: 21 years
Groom's Birth Date: 1895
Groom's Birthplace: Clinton Co., Michigan
Bride's Name: Ruth Agnes Shellenbarger
Bride's Age: 18 years
Bride's Birth Date: 1899
Bride's Birthplace: Clinton Co., Michigan
Marriage Date: 01 Jul 1917
Marriage Place: Lansing, Clinton, Michigan
Groom's Father: Edward D Acre
Groom's Mother: Grace Jeffery
Bride's Father: Willis Shellenbarger
Bride's Mother: Lucy Richardson
Collection: Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925

Family links: 
  Willis Shellenbarger (1864 - 1925)
  Lucy Richardson Shellenbarger (1865 - ____)
  Orin R Acre (1895 - 1976)*
  Paul Orin Acre (1918 - 1997)*
  Leon R Acre (1926 - 1997)*
  Ivah Acre Risley (1930 - 2012)*
  Anna B Shellenbarger (1890 - ____)*
  Lawrence W. Shellenbarger (1891 - ____)*
  Bird U. Shellenbarger (1893 - ____)*
  Ruth A. Shellenbarger Acre (1899 - 1984)
*Calculated relationship
Riverside Cemetery
Clinton County
Michigan, USA
Maintained by: Gary Theroux
Originally Created by: Glenn Geirland
Record added: Oct 16, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22251299
Ruth A. <i>Shellenbarger</i> Acre
Added by: Gary Theroux
Ruth A. <i>Shellenbarger</i> Acre
Added by: Gary Theroux
Ruth A. <i>Shellenbarger</i> Acre
Added by: Glenn Geirland
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Cousin Ruth Agnes Shellenbarger, thinking of you always
- For your family now and later
 Added: Dec. 27, 2011

- Marlene Tyler
 Added: Feb. 15, 2011

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