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Ruth (Van Fleet) Owens

GALESBURG-Ruth E. Owens, 81, Galesburg, died at 8:48 p.m. Friday, June 5, 2009, in Heartland Health Care.

She was born Sept. 22, 1927, in Alexis, the daughter of Aden and Lois (Brashear) Van Fleet. She married Laurence W. Owens Jan. 8, 1951, in Springfield. He survives.

She is also survived by a son, Ned (Kathy) Owens, Abingdon; two daughters, Laura (Jim) Aldus, Galesburg, and Nancy Owens, Springfield, Ore.; one brother, John Van Fleet, Galesburg; two sisters, Mary Pruitt and Lottus (Chub) Williams, both of Galesburg; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren;

She graduated from Maquon High School in 1945 and received her LPN from Carl Sandburg College in 1968. She was an LPN at OSF St. Mary’s ICU for 20 years, retiring in 1988.

Ruth was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church and its Altar and Rosary Society. She and Laurence lived at Lake Bracken for 20 years, Naples, Fla., for 15 years and had spent the past seven years in Galesburg.

Cremation was accorded following the visitation Tuesday, June 9, 2009, in Watson Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to OSF St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary.

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