The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 19, 2013

Ruth M. Black


DANVILLE — Ruth M. Black, 86, of Danville, passed away Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at the Hill Crest Nursing Home in Owensboro, Ky.

She was born June 14, 1926, in Mellott, Ind., to George William and Eva E. Newkirk Haxton. She married Robert S. Black May 9, 1948. He preceded her in death Feb. 25, 2010.

She is survived by her four children, James (Tia) Black of Danville, Dennis (Laura) Black of Covington, Ind., Karl (Jeanine) Black of St. Joseph and Joetta (Denny) Lee of Owensboro, Ky.; a sister-in-law, Gladys Haxton of Lafayette, Ind.; eight grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Lowell; two daughters, Dorothy and Nancy; and a brother, Dale Haxton.

Ruth had worked as a lab tech for St. Elizabeth Hospital, continuing to work at Lakeview until her retirement. Throughout her years of membership at Second Church of Christ in Danville she was involved in numerous church activities — starting a children’s church, playing the piano and serving as a Sunday school officer. Ruth loved her family and grandkids and was devoted to helping others. She had a quiet strength and through a strong faith helped those around her. She tirelessly worked behind the scenes, baking, babysitting or caring for others who she could help.

A service to celebrate the life of Ruth Black will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, in Danville. Drew Mentzer will officiate. Burial will follow at Osborn Prairie Cemetery in Van Buren Township, Ind. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, also at Sunset in Danville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Second Church of Christ library or music programs.

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