Ruth Ann Aherin, 98, of Farmersville, died Friday, March 8, 2019, at HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield,with her family present.
Visitation will be held Monday, March 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Farmersville.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 12, at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be held in St. Martin's Catholic Cemetery in Farmersville. Hough Funeral Home in Farmersville is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Aherin was born Oct. 22, 1920, in Harvel, the daughter of the late Sarah and James Leonard. She married Walter F. "Lefty" Aherin on Sept. 7, 1948, and he preceded her in death in 1985, after 36 years of marriage.
She loved growing up on the family farm and told many stories about her farm life. She went to a country grade school, which was taught by her brother, Dennis. She graduated from Farmersville High School in 1938. After attending Brown's Business College in Springfield, she worked for the State of Illinois for six years.
A dedicated member of her church and the Farmersville community, she attended St. Mary's Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Altar Society.
She was township clerk for Farmersville for 16 years and a member of the senior citizens. She especially enjoyed the Farmersville Irish Days celebration each year. She was given the 2013 Farmersville Citizen of the Year Award, an honor that she cherished.
In her high school yearbook she wrote, "Out in the woods, carved on a tree, just two little words–Remember Me." She will be remembered for her smile, her kind spirit and her angel food cakes.
The Aherin family would like to thank the staff at Lewis Memorial Christian Village in Springfield for the loving care they provided to her.
She is survived by four children, Darrell of Springfield, Paul (Margie) of Ozark, MO, and Rosemary (John) and Jim (Susan), all of Farmersville; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers, James, Ross, Dennis and Lyle Leonard, and one sister, Mary Lillian.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church or St. Martin's Cemetery.
Online condolences may be left at www.houghfuneralhome.com.