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Paton, Ruth E.
Ruth E. Paton, 89, 1145 Frank St., Galesburg, died at 11:35 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, 2010 in Galesburg Terrace.

She was born July 30, 1920 in Galesburg the daughter of Seth Cole and Zella Ruth Bonestell Boyd. She married George W. "Bill" Paton on September 2, 1945 in Galesburg. He preceded her in death on September 2, 1994.

She is survived by a son, William (and Karen) Paton of Galesburg, two daughters, Rebecca "Becky" (and Ray) Formeller of Galesburg and Catheron "Cathy" Menting of Moline, Ill., 11 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and two sisters, Jean Boyd of Ft. Pierce, Fla. and Rosie (and Robert) Gillett of Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Sharron Males in April 2000 and Christine Helm in May 2005, and a sister.

Ruth worked as a nanny before her marriage and then at the Knox County Day Nursery for several years. She graduated from Galesburg High School. Ruth was a member of First United Methodist Church. She was a Girl and Boy Scout Leader and a member of the Warren County Home Extension.

Ruth was a wonderful wife of nearly 50 years, mother, and grandmother.

Funeral will be 12 noon Saturday, July 24, 2010 in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Rev. Marilyn Anell will officiate. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the chapel. Cremation will be accorded following the funeral with private family burial at a later date. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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