Belva J. Rule

October 30, 2020

Belva Jane (Huffer) Rule, 89, of Michigantown, passed away October 30, 2020 in her home, surrounded by her loving family.  She was born on December 17, 1930 in Michigantown to Orion and Geneva (Pittsenbarger) Huffer.  She married Hubert E. Rule on December 31, 1950 in Michigantown and he preceded her in death on May 22, 2009.

Belva was a 1948 graduate of Michigantown High School.  She lived in or around Michigantown her entire life, and had lived on the family farm for the last 44 years.  She was a “beautiful homemaker”.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Michigantown.  She enjoyed playing Bridge, traveling with her husband, Hubert, but most of all, spending time with her family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in honor of Belva’s grandson to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, P.O. Box 45740, Baltimore, MD  21297.

This service will be live-streamed at 3 p.m. on November 5, 2020.  To participate, please click the link below:

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 1 - 3 p.m. Thursday, November 5, 2020 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main Street, Frankfort.  Funeral services will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  Pastor Mike Flowers will officiate.  Burial will follow in Whiteman Cemetery, Michigantown.  Out of respect for the health, safety, and comfort of all in attendance, guests will be expected to adhere to current CDC guidelines regarding appropriate social distancing and the wearing of masks.

Survived by:

Surviving are her Daughter: Cindy (Rick) Rule-Gutierrez of Westminster, Colorado; Grandchildren: Rhett Gutierrez, Chaye Gutierrez, Rachel Rule, and Amanda Rule; Great-Grandchildren: Lukas, Piper, and Wesson; and her Brother: Richard (Sharon) Huffer of Rossville.  

Preceded by:

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband and her son: Andrew Rule in 2017.


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15 Condolences for “Belva J. Rule”

  1. Chris & Mike Barnett November 1, 2020 at 7:09 am

    So sorry for your loss. Belva was a great lady. Always smiling. I know it was her wish to stay in her home until the end. She used to come to the Post Office and talk to me(both her ans Sara). She use to send me lots of jokes via email. Mikes family were friends with her and Hubert for years. Margaret use to tell me they would drop off fresh melons from the garden every year. The earth has lost a very good soul.

  2. Gloria and Phil Crum November 1, 2020 at 8:47 am

    It is with great sadness the we hear of Belva’s passing. Sincere Sympathies to the family.

  3. Dr. Gloria & Phil Crum & Family November 1, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    Dear Cindy & Family & Dick & Family,
    Your Mother and Father were like family to us growing up in Michigantown. There are several memories I would like to share with you. Your Mother was always kind, caring and calm. Belva was our favorite babysitter, this was before she was married to Hubert. They were a lovely couple and well thought of by everyone. Our family (Dad Joe & Mother Bea, Gary, Gloria, Donna, Julia 8 months), attended their wedding and went to her parents home to “See them off’ on their Honeymoon. As Hubert was pulling out of the driveway, your Mom said stop the car. She then called out to me to come to her car door and handed me a gift box. She said, “I have had this for your birthday for two months and have not had a chance to give this to you. Then she added these words that I will never forget, “I think you are old enough to have this. After they left, I opened the gift and it was a perfume called Evening in Paris! It was my first perfume. I was a six year old girl treated as a young lady in a sweet and thoughtful way. We stayed in touch by Christmas cards and letters and phone calls. Brother Greg was born in 1952 and he and Gary lived with your Mom and Dad for a short time right before Andrew came along. A final story is when Dad was in intensive care in Tipton, and the doctor said Dad only had a short time left. Belva called to check on Dad and then said they would be right there. She and Hubert sat with us in the waiting room and that brought strength to all of us without many words being said. That is what I meant when I said, your Mom and Dad were like family to us. We were blessed by their kindness, friendship and love.

  4. Donna Ebert Landers November 1, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    I have nothing but great memories of Belva. She was secretary for my Dad Joe Ebert at The Michigantown Grain Elevator. Also a close friend of our family. Belva was beautiful inside & out. We were friends on FB. May she RIP Donna Ebert Landers

  5. Gary and Jeanie Thompson November 1, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    So sorry for your loss of your Mother, Belva. She was always the sweetest lady and so friendly. She will truly be missed.

  6. Greg Lynch November 1, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Cindy sorry to hear of the loss of your mother.

  7. Tracey Sheets Goldsberry November 2, 2020 at 11:56 am

    Dearest family of Belva’s,
    Belva was beautiful inside & out. I remember my mother, Britta Sheets always said the same. She was one of the pillar women of the United Methodist church & role model for the younger women in church. God bless her & I know my mother, in Heaven, will be happy to see her!

  8. Barbara J Ricker November 2, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    Belva was as close to a sister as I will ever have. We grew up to Frankfort together. While I still lived there, she would come and stay with me and I had to keep her busy or she got homesick and called her dad to take her home. After I moved to Michigantown we would sit on the front porch and play canasta and bridge. We stayed close all our lives and I cant tell you how much I will miss her. Some of this is messed because my computer is fouled up. But I am able to tell you how much I loved her.

  9. Beth Ayers November 2, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Cindy and everyone else – my heart goes out to you all. Wish I could be there to give you all hugs but that’s not possible. So please accept my “hug from home” Beth Ayers Granddaughter of Estill Rule.

  10. Renita & Richard Watkins November 5, 2020 at 9:19 am

    Belva was such a dear sweet, pleasant lady who always had a smile, and graduated with both of my parents (John and Beverly Wright Pelling). She will dearly be missed by all. Prayers for comfort and peace during this difficult time.

  11. Mary Lou Spear November 5, 2020 at 9:59 am

    Dear Cindy and Rick, Wishing I could be there to give you a great big hug!! Your Mom was a grand lady and I know you will miss her a lot. Just hang on to all those wonderful memories you have–it will help a lot. Glad you were able to come back and spend these last weeks with her-I know she loved it too. Will try to see you, or call before you head back to CO. Thinking of you especially today. Prayers for all the family—Love, Mary Lou Spear

  12. From Rick’s Family November 5, 2020 at 10:02 am

    To The Family,
    We would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Belva Rule, we are so sorry for your loss. We also know how happy Hubert and Belva must be, to be together again. Belva was a very kind and thoughtful person. She was a great mother and grandmother and, she was our friend and family. We shared the marriage of our son and daughter, sister and brother, Cindy and Rick and the births of our grandchildren and nephew and niece, Rhett and Chaye. Those were the most special and wonderful times. There were many more celebrations and holidays that we shared through the years. Those times were filled with lots of love, family and friends. Belva always brought humor, kindness and sense of togetherness to everyone. She was our loved friend and family. We will all miss you very much and would like to bid you a blessed trip home. Fly with the angels, Belva.

  13. Alicia Crabtree November 5, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    Cindy, We are saddened to hear about your mom. I saw Belva about one year ago when I was visiting my mom, Carolyn Brant. I had taken her to club and had lunch with the group. It was so nice to see familiar faces after so many years. I was happy to see your mom’s sweet smile once again! (I was in your brother’s class) Mom wanted me to express how much she enjoyed being in club with Belva! So kind and pleasant to be with! Your mom also graduated with my dad, Earl Brant. Know that you are in our prayers at this time, and may Jesus give you strength and comfort.

  14. Steve & Kathy Miner November 6, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    Kathy & I were saddened to learn of Belva’s passing. She was such a good friend to my mother, Marybeth. Marybeth stopped driving at one point for fear of hurting someone. Soon after Belva volunteered to drive her and my brother Rich around Frankfort for grocery shopping, prescriptions and other necessary errands. This arrangement went on for years and they became very good friends.
    What a gift it was…and one not forgotten. We didn’t know Belva well, but what a special person she was to the Miner family.

    Steve & Kathy Miner

  15. Piper Maule February 9, 2023 at 3:46 pm

    She was a wonderful woman. I wish I could tell her everything that’s going on and that I would hope she would be proud of me. I hope she can rest at peace. I love you grandma you were the best and I hope you understand everything I’ve done, I’m sorry and I love you and miss you.

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