Margie Ruth (Billet) RichMarch 23, 1921 ~ September 19, 2017 (age 96)
Margie Ruth (Billet) Rich, 96, of Fort Wayne and formerly of Decatur, went to her heavenly home on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Edison, Ohio, on March 23, 1921, she was the daughter of Ralph and Florence (Stiner) Billet. She was married to Dr. Norval Rich for 67 years, who preceded her in death on March 31, 2015.
Margie graduated from Edison High School in 1939, and then attended a two-year missionary program at God’s Bible School in Cincinnati, graduating as valedictorian in 1941 with a Christian Workers Course Certificate. Margie also graduated from White Cross Hospital School of Nursing as a registered nurse in 1944. After working for a year, she attended Taylor University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in zoology in 1947; while there, she also worked as the school nurse. At Taylor, she met her future husband, Norval Rich, and they married on August 31, 1947. Norval became a family physician and they moved to Decatur in 1954, where he practiced medicine for nearly 40 years and where they raised ten children.
Margie worked as a registered nurse for several years, and then fully devoted herself to being at home with her children. She was a wonderful listener and was always available to her children and grandchildren, ready to help in any way possible. Margie was a devout Christian with a strong faith and was an example to her family. Her sense of humor, wit, intelligence, and charm were admired by her family and friends. Margie loved reciting and creating poetry, even in her later years. Her favorite chapter of the Bible to recite was Psalm 23. She loved listening to hymns and playing them on the piano, and knew all of the stanzas to most hymns. She attended First Missionary Church in Fort Wayne, and was a member of Decatur Missionary Church for many years.
In the last year of her life, Margie lived at North Woods Village Memory Care Assisted Living in Fort Wayne, where she enjoyed her new community of friends and activities and continued her relationships with the Visiting Angels caregivers she had known for years.
Margie is survived by 10 children, Stanley Rich of Ft. Wayne, IN; Diane Smith of Bluffton, IN; Keith (Marge) Rich of Kirkwood, MO; Steven (Vicki) Rich of Decatur, IN; David (Collette ) Rich of Ft. Wayne, IN; Janet (Chris) Marshall of Corinth, TX; Mark (Diandria) Rich of Wailuku, HI; Kevin (Beth) Rich of New York, NY; Cheryl (Jim) Robison of Greenwood, IN and Laura (Jerry) Gerig of Ft. Wayne, IN; 31 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and several nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Norval and her sister Darlene Rankin.
A Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home, with Rev. Henry Favorite officiating. Burial will take place at the M.R.E. Cemetery in Berne, IN.
Memorials may be given to God’s Bible School and College in Cincinnati, Ohio