Ruby Louise Clinton

The busy hands of 88-year-old Ruby Louise Clinton were 
stilled in death on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, with her faithful husband 
of 71 years by her side.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Johnston 
Funeral Home, Ina, with burial following at Kirk Cemetery, north of Ina. 
Brother Brad Ryan will officiate. Friends and family may call on Friday 
between the hours of 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Ruby Louise was born at the Cook family farm north of Ina, on July 27, 
1924, the second child of Ray and Rose (Green) Cook. She married Melvin 
W. Clinton on Jan. 15, 1941, and to that union, three children were 
born. She was an accomplished seamstress and creator of beautiful 
handwork, many of which she donated to various fundraising causes. In 
addition to more than 30 years of employment outside the home, she was 
an Army wife, farm wife, sports mom, loving gram and family caregiver. 
Her life's work included ladies' fashions, first as a line foreman at 
the Mode O Day Dress Factory in Benton, then as a retail clerk and 
designer at the Fabric Store and Rose's Dress Shop, retiring in 1986 
from DeLite Lighting Fixtures, all in Mt. Vernon. She loved to travel, 
attending annual reunions of the historical WWII Merrill's Marauders 
with her husband and spending winters as an Illinois snowbird in 
Florida, until she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2001.

She is survived by her husband, Melvin W. Clinton; daughter, Loretta 
(Clinton) and son-in-law, Keith Fowler; son, Eugene (Gene) and 
daughter-in-law, Barbara (Vaughn) Clinton, all of Ina; four 
grandchildren and their spouses, Susan (Fowler) and Bruce Slamans of 
Sugar Grove, David and Sheila (Settle) Fowler of Chicago, Pam (Clinton) 
and Owen Allen, and Wayne and Melinda (Sneed) Clinton, all of Ina; seven 
great-grandchildren, Kyle, Ashlyn and Tyler Slamans of Sugar Grove, 
Samantha and Spencer Allen and Page and Shaylee Clinton, all of Ina. One 
sister, Roberta McKinney of Benton, as well as a host of additional 
family, friends and devoted caregivers also survive.

She was preceded in death by a son, David Lee Clinton, who died at the 
age of 16 in a 1967 farm accident; her parents; three brothers, Byford 
L. Cook, Russell E. Cook and Donald L. Cook; and a niece, Sharon E. Cook.

Should you so desire, memorials may be made to the Kirk Cemetery 
Association with which Mrs. Clinton was actively involved for many years 
or to the St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospice Program, which assisted in 
her final care, and will be accepted at Johnston Funeral Home, Ina.

Source: Mt. Vernon IL Register News
Date: November 1, 2012
Submitted by: Loretta Clinton Fowler

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