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Hensley, Ruth E. Melvin
Ruth E. Melvin Hensley, 85, of Pekin and formerly of Abingdon, died at 10:50 pm Saturday, October 24, 2009, at the Pekin Hospital.

She was born on August 21, 1924 in Cantril, Iowa to Clarence and Mary (Wireman) Nichols. She married Dorssie A. Melvin, Sr. on August 20, 1945 in Burlington, Iowa. He preceded her in death on August 16, 1972. She later married James Hensley and he preceded her in death in 1993.

Ruth is survived by her children, Dorssie Melvin, Jr. of Pensacola, FL, Dot Melvin of Pekin, IL and James (and Lorna) Melvin of Galesburg, IL; 11 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Veda (and Jerry) Younker of Independence, IA and Dorothy Roberts of Bloomfield, IA.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, a son, Donald Melvin, a daughter, Mary Thurman, a granddaughter, Erin Melvin, a stepdaughter, Elizabeth Green, a daughter-in-law, Laverne Melvin and several brothers and sisters.

Ruth had worked at the Abingdon Blue Bell and Admirals in Galesburg. She later worked as a Home Health Assistant in Abingdon, Peoria, and East Peoria and as an Apartment Manager in Arizona.

Her hobbies included bowling, quilting, bingo and playing cards with her UAW friends.

Cremation will be accorded. Memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Friday, October 30, 2009 at the Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel. Rev. David Parker will officiate. Burial of her ashes will be in the Abingdon Cemetery. There will be no visitation.

Memorials may be made to the family or a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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