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Hiel, Ruby J.
Ruby J. Hiel died May 9, 2011 at the Care Center of Abingdon. She was born April 8, 1914 in Delong, IL, the daughter of Jesse L. and Emma O. Turner.

She graduated from Galesburg High School as an honor student and excelled in spelling. Later she married Dorance D. Woolsey who preceded her in death in 1971. Ruby was employed in her early years making things for the war, such as trip flares. Following the war, she went to work for Sears Roebuck in Galesburg and became the manager of the Boys' and Men's Clothing Depatment from which she later retired after 20 years of service.

In June of 1974 she married Schneider J. Hiel who preceded her in death in 2010. They lived in the Avon area where they were farmers and raised purebred White Park Cattle. Both Ruby and Schneider thrived on the love of their cattle, making acquaintances and selling breeding stock all over the United States. In 1997, following retirement, Ruby and Schneider moved to Galesburg.

Ruby was active in the Avon United Methodist Church, the American Red Cross, and served as a volunteer at the Cottage Hospital, where she met Schneider Hiel.

She leaves three step-children John (Elizabeth) Hiel, Judy (Mike) Cunningham, and Joel Hiel; three step-grandchildren Travis, Trevor, and Trenton Hiel; as well as 4 step-great grandchildren Johnny and Jaxon Hiel, and Annabelle and Emory Hiel.

Funeral service will be Wednesday May 11, 2011, 1:30 pm at Corman Memorial Home Avon, IL where family will receive friends from 12:00-1:30 pm. Burial will be in the Avon Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Avon United Methodist Church and or the Care Center of Abingdon. Please sign the guestbook at www.cormanmh.com. Corman Memorial Home, Avon, IL, is in charge of the arrangements.
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