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Ruby Wilson

December 16, 1924 ~ May 21, 2020 (age 95)

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Ruby Jean Wilson, age 95, of Timewell, Illinois passed away at 2:27 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 2020 at the home of her daughter in Mt. Sterling. 

She was born December 16, 1924 in Pike County, Illinois the daughter of Chauncey and Nellie Lessig McCleery.  She married Donald Wadsworth “Woody” Wilson on October 22, 1945 in Quincy, Illinois and he preceded her in death on July 25, 1986.  Mrs. Wilson was a homemaker and earlier in life worked as a registered nurse at Blessing Hospital and Golden Shepherd Home in Golden, Illinois.  She also served as the unofficial town nurse for the residents of Timewell.  Ruby owned and operated Woody’s Restaurant in Mt. Sterling for several years and was known as an excellent cook.  She graduated from Pittsfield High School and then graduated from Blessing Hospital School of Nursing with the class of 1945.  

Ruby was a member of the Timewell Baptist Church having served the church in numerous capacities, including many years as a Sunday school teacher.

She truly loved her community and served on several boards and committees to benefit her many friends and neighbors.  Ruby enjoyed being outside whether working in her flower garden or her vegetable patch, and was always known as someone who was willing to help you in any way she could.  She simply cherished her family,and especially loved the time spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include 6 children Roger WIlson (Becky) of Jacksonville, Illinois, Harry Wilson and Glenn Wilson (Kathy) all of Timewell, Illinois, Anita Long (Ben), Shirley Crank (John) and Mark Wilson (Sheila) all of Mt. Sterling, Illinois.  13 grandchildren Amy Wilson, Shana Rogers (Brad), Nathan Wilson (Lani), Adam Wilson, Jackie Reische, Annie Wilson, Erin Phelps (Dave), Lexi Long, Will Crank, Hugh Crank, Lee Crank, Brenna Pherigo (Bill) and Alex Wilson.  16 great grandchildren also survive along with several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother Floyd “Chick” McCleery and 2 sisters Frances Crone and Eloise Trimmer. 

We know that Ruby deserves a beautiful tribute and understand that under normal circumstances many friends would love to attend.  But sadly due to the current health situation and under the direction of the local health department, the services are to be conducted with only immediate family members in attendance. 

Friends are encouraged to watch Ruby’s services streaming live at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2020 on the funeral home website at  

Private interment will be in the Howes Cemetery near Timewell, Illinois.

We also encourage the community to leave a condolence or remembrance on the website for the family.  

There will be no visitation. 

Memorials are suggested to the Timewell Baptist Church or the Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice and may be left or mailed to the Hendricker Funeral Home, 406 South Capitol Avenue, Mt. Sterling, IL 62353. 

The Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling is assisting the family with the arrangements. 


To send flowers to Ruby's family, please visit our floral store.


Live Broadcast
May 24, 2020

1:00 PM
Mount Sterling, IL 62353

Video is available for this event

Private Services

Private Interment

Howes Cemetery
County Road 1800 North
Timewell, Illinois 62375

There will be no visitation


Timewell Baptist Church

Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice

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