Ruth R. Horner Carey, of Niles

Published 9:13 am Monday, April 1, 2019

May 24, 1925 — March 27, 2019

Ruth R. Horner Carey, 93, of Niles, died peacefully at 9:43 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, with family at her bedside at Spectrum Lakeland Hospital Niles following a brief illness.

She was born on May 24, 1925, in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Frederick and Agnes (Healy) Raison. She was graduated from Agawam (Massachusetts) High School, earned a bachelor’s degree from Massachusetts State College and a master’s degree from Indiana University. She came to Niles in 1948 and was employed by the Niles Community Schools, teaching home economics at the former Central High School, and then teaching kindergarten at Ballard, Cedar Lane, and Southside schools.

Ruth R. Horner Carey

Ruth was a very active member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Niles and was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Teacher’s Sorority and AARP. Her early teaching focus on home economics continued as she enjoyed knitting, sewing and cooking. She also enjoyed reading mysteries and romance novels, and travelling throughout the U.S., often on riverboat cruises of the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

In 1952, in Agawam, she married Donald F. Horner with whom she celebrated the 17th anniversary of their wedding prior to his death in 1969.

On Dec. 17, 1993, in Niles, she married Rupert W. Carey with whom she celebrated the 18th anniversary of their wedding prior to his death on Aug. 24, 2002. She was also preceded in death by a son, Jay Horner, who died on April 6, 2004; and Ruth’s brother, Neal Raison; and sister, Thelma Kerr.

Surviving family includes her son, Don (Cathy) Horner, of Niles; daughter-in-law Sheila (Tim) Therrian, of Plano, Texas; grandchildren, Steven (Brooke) Horner, Donald Horner, Natalie (Grant) Stout, Mallory Horner, and Allison Horner; great-grandchildren Shaun Horner, Austin French, and Aaron French; Rupert’s family including his children, Lucinda Bodnar, Greg M. Carey, and Charlene Weed; and several nieces and nephews.

Services for Ruth Horner Carey will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 302 Cedar St., Niles, with visiting pastor, the Rev. William Walters of Pokagon United Methodist Church officiating. Committal Services will be private at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Three Oaks, Michigan.

Contributions in memory of Ruth may be made to the Niles Education Foundation, 111 Spruce St. Niles, MI 49120;

Arrangements were made at the Halbritter-Wickens Funeral Home, 615 E. Main St., Niles. Online condolences may be left at: