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Ruth (Copps) (Harriman) Pino

December 24, 2016
Kalamazoo, MI

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Pino, Ruth A. (Harriman) (Copps) 11/2/1922 - 12/24/2016 Ruth A. Pino, age 94, died December 24, 2016 at the Springs, Bronson Place, Kalamazoo. Ruth was born in Madison, WI on November 2, 1922, the daughter of Harry Winfred Harriman and Amy Blanche (Oliver) Harriman. She taught high school home economics classes for a brief time after graduating from high school and receiving a BS degree from University of Wisconsin. Ruth was united in marriage to John Copps. He preceded her in death along with her parents, two brothers, Benjamin and Robert, her son, Bob, and her second husband, James Pino. She is survived by her son, Jim Copps of Kalamazoo. Ruth and husband, John, were house parents at a dormitory at Kalamazoo College where John taught. After their divorce, Ruth received a Master's of Social Work degree from Western Michigan University. She enjoyed working with children in Portage Public Schools Special Education Department for several years. She was later employed as a social worker for the Department of Social Services in Battle Creek, MI. Ruth has been a longstanding active member of the Kalamazoo Friends Meeting and has been very active and supportive of social justice issues locally, as well as nationally and internationally. She loved traveling and camping with her family and friends. International travel included Europe, Russia, Nicaragua, and Cuba. Trips to the Rocky and the Smoky Mountains delighted her and she was happiest when walking or cross-country skiing in nature preserves and observing wildlife. She loved the years she and husband, Jim Pino, lived in Barry County on their farm, gardening, maple sugaring, and caring for their many animals. She was his devoted caregiver at home during his long final illness. Ruth was indefatigable in her sense of fairness, tolerance of others and work in support of social justice for all. Her kindness and generosity were unending. Ruth strove to live with joy and purpose until her death. In accordance with her wishes, she has been cremated. A memorial service will be held at the Kalamazoo Friends Meetinghouse, 508 Denner in Kalamazoo on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm. Arrangements by Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, www.langelands.com.