Ada ‘Ruth’ Ruyle

September 24, 2018

Ada “Ruth” Ruyle, 85, of Bourbonnais, passed away Friday (Sept. 21, 2018) at Merkle-Knipprath Nursing Home in Clifton.

She was born Feb. 5, 1933, in Bellflower, the daughter of Lawrence and Vorda Polson Franklin. She was one of 13 children and was raised on the family farm in Bellflower.

In 1951, Ruth graduated from Bellflower High School. After graduation, she began her career at State Farm Insurance in Bloomington. After working for State Farm for 10 years, she moved to the Kankakee area and began her career at A. O. Smith.

On Dec. 17, 1965, she married Robert Allie. He passed away just 14 years after they were married.

Ruth later married Robert Ruyle on May 23, 1980. He preceded her in death Jan. 14, 2003.

After her daughter was born, Ruth became a homemaker and took care of children in her home for friends and family for many years. Later in life, she worked at Crossroads Daycare, where she prepared meals for the children. She finally retired at the age of 75.

Ruth always had a smile on her face and loved to laugh. She had a heart of gold and always was willing to help someone in need. She loved to dance, listen to music, cook and work in her garden. She enjoyed watching her favorite sports teams: the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bulls.

She was a member of The Institute of Christ the King Catholic Church in Chicago.

Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Ed Grabow, of Kankakee; four stepdaughters, Rhonda Bouchard, of Kankakee, Carol and Dennis Mathew ,of Kankakee, Paula Ruyle, of Alton, and Pam (Ruyle) Marcotte, of Loda; nine grandchildren; three brothers; and one sister.

In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents; five sisters; three brothers; and one stepson.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais. Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Maternity BVM Catholic Church in Bourbonnais. Canon Estrada will celebrate the Mass. Interment will follow in Kankakee Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Aroma Township.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or for Masses.

Please sign her online guestbook at clancygernon.com.


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