ARCOLA -- Geraldine Ruth "Gerry" Ruff, 86, of Mattoon, passed away at 8:19 A.M. on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Douglas Nursing and Rehab Center in Mattoon.
A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, December 11, 2017 at the Edwards Funeral Home, 221 East Main St. in Arcola. Pastor Brent Budd will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home.
Gerry was born on October 25, 1931 in Chicago. She was a daughter of James and Helen (Monahan) McGrath. She married LeRoy Ruff on July 2, 1955 in Chicago, he passed away on June 13, 2006.
Survivors include two sons, Joe Ruff (Linda Morris) of Mattoon and John Ruff (Marla) of Woodbury, eight grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband LeRoy, one son, Michael Ruff, five brothers, Thomas, Patrick, Robert, James and John McGrath, and three sisters, Mary Flores, Jeanie Ferenzi and Patricia Mellicant.
Gerry had worked at the Embassy as a cook, she started there in 1971 and worked there for over 20 years.
She was a loving and caring mother.