Ruth McClerren, 95, of Paducah, Ky., a former Benton, Ill., resident, went to be with her Lord and Savior at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013.
She was a resident of Morningside Assisted Living in Paducah, Ky.
Mrs. McClerren was born on February 11, 1918, in Franklin County, Ill., the daughter of Eli Wilson Summers and Nellie (Miller) Summers. She married Carl S. McClerren on January 11, 1936, and he preceded her in death on October 16, 1996.
She is survived by her daughter, Peggy (Ed) Taylor of Paducah, Ky.; nine grandchildren, Melanie Kozelichki of South Pittsburg, Tenn., Ted (Julie) Smith of Paducah, Ky., Carla (Mike) Hooe of Salem, Ill., Daryl Smith of Juno Beach, Fla., Rick (Connie) Doss of Indianapolis, Ind., Anne (Gaines) Gentry of Louisville, Ky., Ellen (Dickie) Powers of Paducah, Ky., Jon (Paige) Taylor of Salem, Ky., and Theresa Payne of Paducah, Ky., and seventeen great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Ben Doss; three brothers, Dempsey, Paul and Oren Summers; and two infant sisters.
Mrs. McClerren served her country by working in the Kaiser Shipyard in Richmond, Calif., during World War II (Ruth the Riveter!) After the war effort she was employed for 23 years by several dress and U.S. Flag sewing factories in Southern Illinois. She was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church in Benton, Ill.
She enjoyed farm life, gardening/canning, horses, travel, cross-stitching, motorcycle riding and family vacations. A true doting mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who could find no fault with anyone.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013, with funeral services at noon at the Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in Benton. Burial will be in the Maplewood Cemetery in Marion, Ill.
In lieu of flowers, all expressions of sympathy should be forwarded to Lourdes Hospice Foundation Fund, P.O. Box 7100, Paducah, KY 42002 or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.
Mrs. McClerren was blessed to be comforted by her wonderful caregivers who provided such tender, loving assistance during her final years with us. She will be missed by all but by faith we know she is present with our Lord.
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