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Ruth Tilley

October 30, 1941 - October 14, 2019

Ruth Tilley, 77, of Kissee Mills, died October 14, 2019, in the Forsyth Nursing and Rehab Center. Visitation will be from 11:00 to 12:00 noon Thursday, October 17, 2019 in the Kissee-Schofield-Eakins Funeral Home, Forsyth. Graveside will follow in the Helphrey Cemetery, Taneyville.

Ruth Vivian Tilley was born Thursday, October 30, 1941 in Ava, MO to Edmon Oliver and Mayme Edna (Heckman) Hall. She attended school in Ava and at an early age moved where her daddy’s work took them—Kansas City, California, Iowa, and Pennsylvania. In 1958 she met and married Etzel Tilley in Rock Island, IL. In the early 70’s they bought property here to settle down. Ruth was a factory worker, waitress and later a Home Care Giver. She retired in the 80’s after twenty years of work.

Ruth was the glue that held everything together. She was always there to be a caregiver to her husband, brother and mother in their time of need She could always make a dollar stretch a mile. She loved the outdoors and the family noted that if it was in the outdoors, she could hunt it, skin it and cook it. One of the grandsons commented that he wanted to find a wife just like grandma to marry. Not only did she enjoy the outdoors by hunting, fishing and camping, she was also a wonderful cook.  

She is survived by three sons, Joey Tilley and wife, Tracy of Merriam Woods, Randell Tilley and wife, Venita of Chadwick, MO, Roger Tilley and wife, Jeannie of Mexico City, Mexico; two daughters, Diana Booher and husband, Walter of Kirbyville, Melinda Tilley and husband, Jim of Alpine, Wyoming; a brother, Kenny Hall of Kissee Mills; two sisters, Linda Rinehart and husband, Gary of Taneyville, Norene Berry of Norwich, KS; eight grandchildren, Crystal Glaser, Steve Booher, Chris and Heather Wilkerson, Angelina and Sierra Billger, Randy and Lucky Tilley and fifteen great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Etzel Tilley, seven brothers, Larry, Roy, Owen, Gene, Shorty, Doyle Ray and Otis; one grandson, Eugene Booher and a great-grandson, Trey Damien Svoboda.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kissee-Schofield-Eakins Funeral Home, Forsyth, MO.


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