Ruth Irene Winter 1927 - 2016 LINCOLN, IL - Ruth Irene Winter, 88, of Springfield, formerly of Lincoln, passed away at 3:25 p.m., Oct. 11, 2016, at St. John's Hospital Hospice. Ruth was born Nov. 1, 1927, in Lincoln, Ill., the daughter of C. O. and Goldie (Titchener) Musser. She married Clark Edward Winter on Jan. 23, 1948, in Lincoln. He preceded her in death on March 13, 1991. Ruth is survived by her children, Sharon (Dennis) Chrans of Springfield, Ill., and Greg (Terry) Winter of Dallas, Texas; seven grandchildren: Pamela Childers, Zachary Winter, Richard Rayner, Danielle Alstott, Desirae Winter, Raymond Panneton, and Isacc Lewis; and great-grandchildren: Marissa Calvert, Carson Raynor, Venessa Childers, Ellie Winter, Truleigh Raynor, Zachary Etcheson, Finley Winter, Brooklyn Raynor. She was preceded in death by parents; brother, Robert Musser; and sister, Nora Deiss. Ruth enjoyed music and she managed the laundromat for many years. She was a former member of the Lincoln Christian Church and Jefferson Christian Church in Lincoln, and was a current member at Calvary in Springfield. Ruth traveled around the country performing with her husband before relocating back to Lincoln. She was known by her pony tail and her love for cats. Services for Ruth will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln with Henry Johnson officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to services. Burial will be at Old Union Cemetery in Lincoln. Memorials may be given in Ruth's name to: The Animal Protection League or The Oasis.
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