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Ruby A. Downard, 87, of Galesburg, IL died at 3 AM Tuesday, October 27, 2009 in the Knox County Nursing Home, Knoxville.
She was born July 23, 1922 in Golden, IL, the daughter of George R. and Sadie A. Mueller Jones. She married Clifford L. Downard on May 6, 1944 in Columbia, SC. He preceded her in death on January 17, 2007.
She is survived by 2 daughters, Rose Morris of Galesburg and Nancy (and Bill) Randall of Woodhull, IL, 2 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and a sister, Sadie Stoner of Edina, MO. She was preceded in death by 3 brothers and a sister.
Ruby was a homemaker, who enjoyed crafts, especially sewing and crocheting. She had lived in Galesburg since 1942. She was a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, OAKS, the Galesburg Horseshoe Club, and the Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging. She was also an awarded member of the Gallery of Ageless Achievers. Ruby always enjoyed helping others.
Funeral were 11 AM Friday, October 30, 2009 in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. The Rev. Daniel Smith officiated. Burial was in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Galesburg, IL or the Knox County Nursing Home, Knoxville, IL. Online condolences may be made at