Ruth Henry (2/20/33 - 11/19/15)
Ruth Henry, 82, of Olney passed away on November 19, 2015 at Select Specialty Hospital in Evansville, IN Ruth was born February 20, 1933 in Carlinville, IL to parents John Vernon and Ella Marie (Tucker) Angel. Ruth was raised on a farm in Carlinville, IL, living in a multi-generational household. She was the keeper of the family history and loved to tell family stories. Ruth loved her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and her dearest of friends to the depth of her soul. She was the matriarch of her family after the passing of her siblings. Her nieces and nephews often looked to her for guidance and support. She was a loving, kind, multi-talented and generous woman who will be deeply missed by all those who knew her. Ruth was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Olney serving as Music Director and Elder. She was a pillar of the community, earning a key to the City of Olney and achieving Olney's first "Woman of the Year" award in addition to numerous awards and accolades. Music was an integral part of Ruth's life. She impacted generations of music students through training in piano and voice. She led and directed numerous choirs and theatrical performances throughout her lifetime. Under her tutelage many of her students went on to careers in the arts. For many years she helped organize the Richland County Fair Talent Show, even as recently as this past summer. Ruth was also instrumental in founding the Olney Arts Council and continued to remain an active board member. She was responsible for developing and maintaining a cultural presence in Olney. Survived by Son, Michael S. Henry and wife Dawn of McLean, IL; Daughter, Deborah Hill and husband David of Overland Park, KS; Daughter, Elizabeth Fairbank and fiancé Jetson Booth of Topeka, KS; 9 Grandchildren, 4 Great Grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Vernena Reed and Doris Hughes, her brother, Bill Angel; and three nieces. The family would like to establish a Scholarship Fund in Ruth Henry's name for performing arts students at OCC. Memorials may also be made to the Music Program Fund at First Presbyterian Church.