LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos on Wednesday gave a memorial tribute on the Senate floor during session in honor of the life and memory of Linda Pruett.
Pruett was serving in her 16th year as Cass County treasurer when she died on July 29.
“In July, Southwest Michigan lost a tireless public servant and community leader when Linda Pruett lost her battle with cancer,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Linda was a straight shooter who loved serving the people of Cass County and excelled at her role as treasurer. She was the perfect person for the job. She loved the people that worked for her, had a great relationship with the township treasurers and the county board, and worked in a cooperative effort with individuals facing foreclosure to ensure they had an opportunity to keep their property.”
Pruett was a lifelong resident of Dowagiac and a graduate of Dowagiac Union High School. She raised her three daughters while working from home during the day and at the Elks Lodge on the weekends. Pruett then worked as the juvenile registrar, where she handled the difficult budget for the Child Care Fund. Pruett’s excellent work in that role led to her appointment as County Cass treasurer in 2002. She was elected and re-elected to four additional terms.
“Beyond being an outstanding public servant, Linda was a frequent volunteer for many community organizations and a giving person who was always willing to help and treated everyone like family,” Proos said. “She will be greatly missed and my thoughts and prayers continue to be with her family.”