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Ruth Thompson

November 30, 1925 — October 22, 2018

Ruth Ellen Thompson

Benson- Ruth Ellen Thompson, 92, of Benson, IL, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and aunt, went home to be with her Lord and Savior at 11:45 pm on Monday evening October 22, 2018.

She was born on November 30, 1925 in Clayton Township, Benson, IL to Norvel Ray and Abbie Sitka Faw Ford. She married Rodney Vigars Thompson on November 30, 1946 in Yuma, AZ. He passed away on March 8, 2013.

Surviving are two sons, Steven (Teresa) Thompson of Benson; Kevin Thompson of Morton; one daughter, Cynthia (James) Pratt of Washington; four grandchildren, Rebekah (Shawn) Hayes; Joshua (Phyllis) Thompson; Christin (Stephen) O'Bryan; Cathryn Pratt; one adoptive grandson, James Williams; three great grandchildren, Abigail Marie and Anna Ruth Hayes; Maisy Ellen O'Bryan; and one sister, Nancy Bradley of Phoenix, AZ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother, Reuben, and one brother, James Ford.

Ruth attended grade school in a one room country school in Linn Township. She graduated from Benson High School in 1943 and attended for a semester at Bob Jones College in Cleveland, TN. She then worked for ABC Washing Machine Co. during WWII which made artillery shells assisting the war effort. She later worked for Toluca Garment Factory.

She was a member of the Benson Baptist Church and a lifelong member and past president of the Benson American Legion Auxiliary.

Faith and family always came first for Ruth. She gave testimony of her faith in her Savior the Lord Jesus Christ both by her care for others and her daily words and actions.

Funeral services will be held at 10 am on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke. Brian Trennepohl will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Clayton Township Cemetery in Benson.

The family would like to express their thanks and appreciation to the employees at the Apostolic Christian Home for the tender love and care that Ruth received while a resident at the home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Benson Baptist Church, the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke, or the Benson Ambulance. Online condolences may be sent the family at


OCT 26. 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)

Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home
204 West Husseman Street
Roanoke, IL 61561

Funeral Services

OCT 27. 10:00 AM (CDT)

Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home
204 West Husseman Street
Roanoke, IL 61561

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