MATTOON -- Ruth E. Prior, age 92, of Mattoon passed away at 5:56 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Heartland Christian Village.
Funeral Services honoring her life will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Schilling Funeral Home with Pastor Travis Spencer officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.
Ruth was born on December 6, 1926 in Dale, Indiana the daughter of Joseph and Ada (Springston) Arnold. She married John Edward Prior on May 19, 1947 and he passed away on August 13, 1992.
Survivors include her children, Debbie Neal, Donna (Terry) Laster, Denise (Donnie) Rowe, DeeDee Olmsted, Jeff (Tina) Prior; grandchildren, J.D. (Aimee) Laster, Danny Laster (Kristy Goeckner), Donnie (Lynette) Rowe Jr., Tracey (John) Pawloski, Gretchen Olmsted (Blaine Abbott), John Olmsted, Tyson (Carly) Kroening, Tanner (Hayley) Kroening, Reece, Gavin, and LiliAnna Prior; Great-grandchildren, Hadley, Nevaeh, Ella, Emerson, Greyson, Nolen, Wren, Maia, Caeden, and Kylee. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and son-in-law Steve Neal.
Ruth was a homemaker for many years until her children were grown. Later in life she received her real estate license and worked for Century 21. She would later work with her son Jeff at Prior’s Furniture store before retiring 2008. Ruth was a woman of faith and family. Her strength and devotion as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother has always been an inspiration to her family.
Memorial donations in her honor may be given to Heartland Christian Village 101 Trowbridge Road Neoga, Il 62447. Online condolences may be expressed at www.schillingfuneralhome.net or Schilling Funeral Home’s Facebook page.