Ruth Larimore

Ruth M. Larimore, 83, of Delavan, died at 2:55 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

She was born July 7, 1916, in Vermont, a daughter of J. Ross and Bertha Henry Arnold. She married Harold E. Larimore on Dec. 19, 1939, in Burlington, Iowa. He died April 1, 1985.

One sister also preceded her in death.

Surviving are one son, Kerry “Pudge” of Delavan; four daughters, Sandra (and Charles) Denman of Delavan, Sharon Larimore of Carpinteria, Calif., Nelda Weber of Chino Hills, Calif., and Kristin (and James) Parisi of Glendora, Calif.; one sister, Melba (and Clarence) Reed of Delavan; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She graduated from Gem City Business College in Quincy.

She worked for Charles B. Wood of the Delavan Loan and Homestead Association and later worked for Attorney H. Paul Jones and Central Electric and Gas Co.

She and her husband operated Bil-Lu Soda Bar and the L & R Store in Delavan for many years.

She was editor and publisher of the Delavan Times for 35 years, from 1963 to 1998.

She was a correspondent for the Pekin Daily Times, Peoria Journal Star and Bloomington Pantagraph and worked as a linotype operator for newspapers in Morton and Minier.

She was a member of the Delavan Historical Society and served as secretary of the Delavan Better Business Club for 18 years.

She received many awards from organizations such as the American Legion Auxiliary and the Navy for communicating programs.

She was chosen Ambassador of Youth by the Delavan Optimist Club.

She also was recipient of the Friends of Education award presented by the Delavan Education Association.

She was a member of Delavan Baptist Church, where she was a primary Sunday school teacher for many years.

Services were held today at her church with Rev. Kevin Siscoe officiating. Burial was in Prairie Rest Cemetery. Davis Mortuary in Hopedale was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to her church, Ladies Cemetery Association or Ayer Public Library, all in Delavan.

From the Peoria Journal Star.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 11/17/1999

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