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Ruth V. Earley

Born: Tue., Nov. 9, 1920
Died: Sun., Jan. 2, 2011

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Ruth V. Earley, 90, of Annawan, died Sunday, January 2, 2011, at Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 7th, at Fairview United Methodist Church, rural Annawan. Rev. Dan Wright will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Annawan Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Red Bird Mission Project.

The former Ruth V. Maarman was born November 9, 1920, in Atkinson Township, the daughter of Paul L. and Edna R. (Hunt) Maarman. She graduated from Acme Grade School (Cornwall Township) and Annawan High School. She also attended Brown Business College in Kewanee, IL. Ruth married W. Howard Earley on April 10, 1942, at the Fairview United Brethern Church, and they farmed in the Annawan area until his death on August 12, 2004.


She was a member of Henry County Rural Youth, Country Couples, Prime Timers, Henry County Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, serving as chairwoman for two years. She was a lifetime member of the church and the United Brethern Women’s Society (Fairview United Methodist Women). Her other memberships included the Cornwall 4-H Club, and leader of the Annawan Hi-Steppers 4-H Club for many years, the Annawan-Alba Women’s Club, and the Henry County Republican Women. Ruth enjoyed baking, gardening, sewing, bicycling and reading.


She is survived by her four children, Christine (Richard) Lamoreaux, Tucson, AZ, Sharon (Milton) Pope, Glendale, CA, David (Jan) Earley, Annawan, Walter (Rebecca) Earley, Arlington, VA, seven grandchildren, six great grandchildren, two sisters, Irene Sherman, Peoria, IL, and Lois Earley, Kewanee. Her parents, husband, one grandson, and her brother, Ralph Maarman, preceded her in death.

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Lorraine and Mark Verstraete
   Posted Thu January 06, 2011
We are sad yet rejoice in the fact that Ruth is home at rest with the Lord. Our prayers and love are with you. She was always a great and lovely lady. Our Love, Lorraine and Mark

Albert & MaryJane Boelens
   Posted Thu January 06, 2011
We send our sympathy to her family may she rest in Peace

Jane Scherer
   Posted Thu January 06, 2011
I met Ruth when I worked for Dr. David Nelson/Dr. Rizzo, the local foot doctors. I always enjoyed visiting with her and seeing her laugh every time Dr. Nelson said, "Hi Ruth Earley, I've never known you to be Ruth LATE!" She simply smiled as if were the first time he'd ever said it. What a kind-hearted and helpful woman she was! Pat flood loved spending time with her, as did I and so many staff members at Good Samaritan Village. She will be truly missed. God Bless, Jane Scherer (Good Samaritan)

Jane Scherer
   Posted Thu January 06, 2011
I met Ruth when I worked for Dr. David Nelson/Dr. Rizzo, the local foot doctors. I always enjoyed visiting with her and seeing her laugh every time Dr. Nelson said, "Hi Ruth Earley, I've never known you to be Ruth LATE!" She simply smiled as if were the first time he'd ever said it. What a kind-hearted and helpful woman she was! Pat flood loved spending time with her, as did I and so many staff members at Good Samaritan Village. She will be truly missed. God Bless, Jane Scherer (Good Samaritan)

Sandy (Leonard) Treash
   Posted Thu January 06, 2011
My deepest sympathy to all of you during this difficult time. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Sandy Treash(Leonard)

marsha, lpn
   Posted Sun January 09, 2011
I worked at Good Samaritan, and while I was there Miss Ruth was one of my favorite residents. She was a true lady in every sense of the word. My deepest sympathies to her family. God speed, Miss Ruth. I will miss you.

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