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Lois Ruth (Finehout) Babcock

August 24, 1921 ~ April 29, 2018 (age 96)

Lois’ life began August 24, 1921 in Benton Harbor, Michigan.  She grew up in Benton Harbor and eventually made her home in Coloma.  Lois went to work at the age of 16 at the State Theatre, babysitting and cleaning houses, when she became an adult she found herself working retail at VM, Sears, and JC Penney’s.  Lois also worked for Whirlpool and managed a drug store during her working career.  Many will remember her from her years of managing at Shopper’s Fair.  When she wasn’t busy in the retail world Lois helped manage the farm with her husband and would take fruit and vegetables to market.  Outside of her busy work schedule Lois would relax through crocheting, making dolls, and enjoying her dogs.


Lois’ greatest joy came in spending time with her loving family which includes: two daughters Sandy (Bud) Carter and Roxanne (Bill) Pitcher; four grandchildren Mark (Teri) Carter, Michael (Peggy) Carter, Robin (Bruce) Livesay, and Heather (Aaron) Trapp; several great and great great grandchildren; a sister Gladys Finehout-Murphy; and many nieces and nephews.


Lois died Sunday, April 29, at Countryside Nursing and Rehabilitaion Center in South Haven.  Her husband Raymond Babcock, son Robert Babcock, siblings Thirza Emery, David Finehout, and Cora Mae Lindemann, and parents Chester and Jeanette (Gillem) Finehout precede Lois in death.  Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet is assisting Lois’ family with cremation.  A celebration of Lois’ life will be held Friday, May 25, at Lake Michigan Hills Golf Club, family will greet friends at 4:30 PM with a service beginning at 5:00 PM.  You are invited to share a message of comfort with Lois’ family at

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