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Ruth Marie Johnson, 98, passed away at 1:29 p.m. on January 8, 2017 at Bethesda Gardens in Terre Haute, IN. Ruth was born January 4, 1919 in McLeansboro, IL. She was the daughter of Frank and May (Hart) Hensley. Ruth was one of seven siblings; brothers Clyde, Carl and John and sisters Thelma Pritchett, Mary Ann Chapman and Dorthy Lou Hammons.

Ruth was a resident of McLeansboro for 84 years and a resident of Terre Haute for 14. She married Charles Eugene "Gene" Johnson on October 20, 1939. They were married for 63 years. Ruth and Gene had two sons, Michael E. Johnson and Robert R. "Bob" Johnson.

Ruth was preceded in death by her son Bob Johnson who died at age 39 in 1988, leaving his widow, Nancy (Peterson) Johnson. Ruth's husband Gene died in 2003 at age 86.

Ruth is survived by her son Mike Johnson and wife Alice (Zimmerman) Johnson of Terre Haute, IN. Ruth has three grandsons; Robb A. Johnson and wife Kim (Kaiser) of Terre Haute, Dr. Paul M. Johnson and wife Kyoko (Nakamura) of Brighton, MI and Branden K. Johnson and wife Nikki (Ho) of Bloomington, IN. She has five great grand children: Levi, Kaia, Luke, Quinn and Max, ages 11 to 18. One sister, Mary Ann Chapman of Lafayette, IN also survives.

Ruth was a member of the First Baptist Church of McLeansboro, where she sang in the choir and played the organ and piano. She also played and sang at churches, funerals, and a few times on The Baptist Hour radio program. When she moved to Terre Haute, she attended Oregon Baptist Church.

Ruth enjoyed playing golf & bowling with friends and family. In her later years she attended Rend Lake College and Southern Illinois University planning to become a teacher.

Funeral services will be held at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro, IL at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Visitation will start at 10:00 a.m. and go until the time of service. The Rev. Leland Widick will officiate. Burial will follow at The I.O.O.F. Cemetery in McLeansboro. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of McLeansboro or the Oregon Baptist Church of Terre Haute, IN and will be accepted at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro is in charge of arrangements.
Published on January 9, 2017
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