Ruth Alice Avey


MOUNT MORRIS – Ruth Alice Avey, age 94, passed away on Dec. 5, 2018 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mount Morris. Ruth was born Feb. 2, 1924 near Low Point, the daughter of William Clyde and Abbie Grace (Gifford) Hare.

She graduated from Low Point High School. Ruth worked for many years in the printing industry in the Mount Morris and Oregon area retiring in 1993. She lived in Mount Morris for 76 years. Early on she also ran a small business out of her home selling craft items. Ruth would often take friends to doctor appointments and made regular visits to others who were shut-ins. For many years, Ruth and some of her friends met weekly to play cards and board games. During retirement, she had actively participated in the Chums program involving seniors and young children. She also enjoyed stitching small seasonal bags, filling them with M&M’s and distributed them to family and friends. Ruth was an active member of The Mount Morris Church of the Brethren.

Ruth is survived by her daughter: Nancy Teague, Troy, Ohio; grandchildren: Jennifer and Michael; one great granddaughter; sister: Katherine Lott; and many nieces and nephews.

Ruth is preceded in death by parents; 2 brothers: William and Joseph Hare; 5 sisters: Ellen Pettyjohn, Mabel Vincent, Leona Hardman, Pearl Stauffer, and Rachael Dixon.

Per Ruth’s wishes, her body was donated to NIU science department. A celebration of life service was held on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. at The Mount Morris Church of The Brethren with a meal to follow in the church. Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mount Morris is assisting the family.

Memorials to H.O.P.E. of Rochelle-Crisis Hotline.