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Ruth E. Brower

May 14, 2019 December 8, 2014
Ruth E. Brower
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Mrs. Ruth E. Brower, 95, of Barry, formerly of Chandlerville, passed away at 7:00 p.m. Monday, December 8, 2014, at the Barry Community Care Center in Barry. She was born May 14, 1919, in Jacksonville the daughter of the late Charles & Bessy (DeVore) Mason. She was the third born of eight children - four brothers, Morris, Harold, George, and Charles and three sisters, Esther, Frances, and the lone survivor Beth Hanson of Arizona. She was first married to Ellsworth Birdsell in 1937 that ended in divorce. She later married James Ingram in 1944 and he passed away in 1960. She then married James Brower in 1978 and he passed away in 1990. She is survived by her only child Charles (Cheri) Birdsell of Barry, 4 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren in the Chandlerville area. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Ruth was proud to be the #1 seller of war bonds at the ammunition factory in Peoria where she worked turning bullets during World War II. In 1948 she moved to Chandlerville where she and Jim were caretakers of the Old River Gun Club until Jim's passing in 1960. She then was the office manager at Meyers Brothers department store in Jacksonville until a near fatal car accident on May 10, 1964 forcing her retirement. In the seventy's she traveled and sang with the Sweet Adeline's where she learned and did the recitation of the old flag, as well as on many cruises and numerous other times, the last time on veterans day this year at the Care Center. Ruth moved to the Barry Community Care Center in June 2013 that she immediately fell in love with and told everyone it would be her last home here on earth. She will be greatly missed, as she became very well loved by everyone there and was known as the hat lady. Although she had been legally blind for several years she loved to crochet hats and dish cleaning scratchers, usually donating them to friends. Visitation will be from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014, at the Kirgan Funeral Home in Barry. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014, at the Kirgan Funeral Home in Barry, with graveside services and burial at 2:00 p.m. at the Ebenezer Cemetery in Jacksonville. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church of Virginia or the Barry Community Care Center.

Service:

11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014, with graveside services & burial at 2:00 p.m. at Ebenezer Cemetery, Jacksonville, Illinois

Kirgan Funeral Home Barry, Illinois



Visitation:

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014

Kirgan Funeral Home Barry, Illinois

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