CHATSWORTH — Ruth M. Davis, 83, Barefoot Bay, Fla., formerly of Chats-worth, died April 14, 2013, in Barefoot Bay, Fla.
Ruth was born April 13, 1930, in El Paso. She grew up in East Peoria and graduated from East Peoria High School. She was the youngest daughter of Jesse and Mabel Brown, a musical family. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Virginia Turbett of Washington; and brother, Ralph Brown.
Survivors include her two brothers, Laurence Brown and Earl (Mary) Brown, both of Morton; her five children, Daniel (Mary), Middleburg, Fla.; Richard, Melbourne, Fla.; Edward (Patti), Toledo, Ill.; Timothy (Marianne), Geneva; and Kathleen Dixon, Barefoot Bay, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Ruth married Robert E. Davis on May 30, 1948, and lived predominantly in Fairbury and Chatsworth. They operated the Fairbury Bakery for several years. Later, Ruth owned and operated Old Chapel Inn in Chatsworth. Although well known for its good food and homemade pies, the restaurant was really all about Ruth’s friendly personality. It was a place where local folk could meet and talk about their day.
Tired of Illinois winters, Ruth moved to Florida where she lived happily for 20 years. She married Joseph Johnson, her longtime partner, on Dec. 25, 2011. Ruth loved the arts, whether it was painting beautiful pictures, quilting or going to plays and musicals. She also loved the ocean and all its wildlife, and traveling when she could.
Her children used to tease their mom that she loved her various dogs, Toi, Duke, Spanky and Joey, more than them; and though this wasn’t true, of course, she surely loved her dogs and they brought her much happiness.
A graveside memorial service will be at 11 a.m. May 18 at Evergreen Cemetery, El Paso. Memorials in her name can be made to an animal shelter of choice.
Condolences may be sent to her family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
God Bless our Mom. She was an angel on Earth and now in Heaven.
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