Ruth I. (Harris) Henthorn

Born: Thu., Sep. 6, 1923
Died: Sat., Mar. 20, 2021


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Ruth Ileen Henthorn, age 97, of Baylis, IL passed away on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Palmyra, MO.  She was born on September 6, 1923 near El Dara, IL to Henry and Dora Dolbeare Harris.  She married Howard ‘Nip’ Henthorn in 1950, and he preceded her in death on June 28, 1985.

Ruth graduated from Barry High School and went to work for Stark Brothers in Louisiana, MO.  She moved to Decatur and began her family raising children for many years before returning back to Baylis and working at Brown Shoe Factory.  She then went to work as a clerk at the Baylis Post Office which she really enjoyed and retired in her 80’s.  Ruth and her husband raised and showed horses and she enjoyed quilting.  She also made wine on her back porch up until last year and liked going out to eat with her friends.  She loved telling stories about her husband and she loved her whiskey.  Ruth was a loving mother and a very spirited and ornery woman who greatly enjoyed life.

She is survived by her children, Linda (Richard) Smith of Hannibal, MO and Mike (Debi) Henthorn of Quincy, IL; five grandchildren, Robert Henthorn, Geoff (Ashley) Nelson, James Smith, Jason (Beth) Smith, and Kristi (Kent) Johnson; and seven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard ‘Nip’ Henthorn; her parents, Henry and Dora Harris; son, Larry Henthorn; and brother, Harold Harris.

Services will be held privately and cremation rites have been accorded.  Memorials are suggested to be made to Baylis Cemetery.  Online condolences may be left to the family at  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Ruth's memory to the following organization:

Baylis Cemetery Association

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Linda C Smith
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
Linda, I am so sorry for your loss. Ruth was one of a kind! She always took the time to visit when we run into each other no matter where we were. I know your family will miss her. I will keep you all in my prayers.

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Janet Woods
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
Linda, Mike and family: I have known Ruth and Nip since I was a kid showing horses. Being a neighbor of Ruth's and visiting with her was a great joy. She will be missed. My sympathy to you. Janet Woods and family

Marilyn Hyde
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
Prayers to the family in your loss of your Mother and Grandmother. My husband Bob and I enjoyed visiting with your folks at Saddle Club meetings and horse shows. Ruth was a sweetheart.

Ed Dodson
   Posted Wed March 24, 2021
Ruth and I worked together at the Baylis post office, and she was one of the nicest people I ever knew. She was fun to be around, and just a pleasure to know and become friends with! Thoughts and prayers for Linda and Mike, and the entire family. She was one of the best!!

Van and Rita Rumple
   Posted Wed March 24, 2021
We were so saddened to hear of Ruth’s death. Our condolences to all of the family. Van and I became acquainted with Ruth at the Pike County Senior Center. We were employees and Ruth was a volunteer. We looked forward to her day because we loved visiting with her. I almost feel I know her family because she loved telling stories about them. I have 3 table runners she made me and I will always cherish them. I also played cards with her. She will be greatly missed. Prayers for the family and please know I feel blessed to have been friend with her. Van and Rita Rumple

Edee Chamberlain Hermens
   Posted Thu March 25, 2021
May God comfort you during this sad time.

Judy Green
   Posted Sun March 28, 2021
I worked with Ruth at the Garment Factory for years she was a wonderful lady. We all just love working with her and she always kept us in stitches telling us about stories about her and nip. God be with you all she's resting in peace

David K Dodd
   Posted Mon March 29, 2021
I'm very sorry to hear of the death of your mother.

Dick Bowman
   Posted Tue April 20, 2021
Thoughts and prayers to the family.

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