Ruby Mae Mathis, 90, a resident of rural Belknap, Ill., passed away Saturday morning, February 16, 2013, at 6:45 a.m. at the Hillview Health Care Center in Vienna.
Ruby was born July 28, 1922 in Pulaski County Illinois. She was the daughter of Ira Leek and Ora (Modglin) Leek.
Ruby was united in marriage to Carlos Farmer on June 9, 1939. He preceded her in death in November 1954. She was later united in marriage to Daniel Mathis on February 17, 1956 in Metropolis, Illinois. He preceded her in death on April 19, 1994.
Ruby is survived by:
Her Children – Dena (Farmer) Phillips and her husband Jim of Hardin, KY
Sherry Ward and her husband Tony of Anna, IL
Marla Wyatt and her husband Tracey of York, NB
Tony Mathis of Belknap, IL and his fiancé Tracey of Metropolis, IL
Terrie Mathis of Altadena, CA
Mark Mathis of Belknap, IL
14 Grandchildren – Rhonda Denson, Glenda Wyatt, Scott Farmer, Jayson Farmer, Belinda Moore, Pam Dudek, Michael Chapman, Natalie Taylor, Michael Phillips, Jennifer Wyman, Nick Ward, Jesse Wyatt, Lauren Wyatt, & Cody Wyatt
22 Great Grandchildren
1 Great-Great Granddaughter
A Daughter-in-Law – Carolyn Farmer of Metropolis
Nieces and Nephews
Ruby was also anticipating the birth of a great-great grandchild in August 2013.
In addition to her parents and husbands, Ruby was preceded in death by:
A Son – Ronnie Farmer
A Daughter – Bonnie Chapman
A Son-in-Law – Larry Chapman
A Sister – Dorothy Holcomb
2 Brothers – Ed Leek and Bill Leek
Ruby was proud of the fact that she had attained her GED when she was in her sixties. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, reading, sewing, and working crossword puzzles. Ruby was dedicated to her family and loved spending time with them. She is fondly remembered as a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. In earlier years, Ruby was a member of the Massac County Homemaker’s Extension.
Ruby was a true servant of God and faithful member of the Vienna Church of Christ, where she had taught in the Sunday school. Ruby loved to attend church and share her faith with others.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning, February 19, 2013, at 11 AM at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. Brother Bill Brandstatter will officiate.
Interment will be in the Berea Cemetery, southeast of Vienna.
Visitation will be from 5 PM – 8 PM Monday, February 18, 2013, at Bailey Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Berea Cemetery Fund, c/o Tony Mathis, 2096 Westview Road, Belknap, IL 62908 or to New Pathway’s For Children, PO Box 10, Melber, KY 42069.