Ruth Walker


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Posted Online: April 25, 2013, 6:19 pm
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Ruth M. Walker, 72, of Sherrard, died on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in her home, surrounded by her large family.
Services are 10 a.m. Monday in the Celebration of Life Chapel at Trimble Funeral and Cremation Center, Coal Valley. Burial is at Andalusia Cemetery. Visitation is 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Moline Animal Aid Humane Society.
The former Ruthie Mae Houk was born on Feb. 23, 1941, in Doniphan, Mo., the daughter of Buster and Gladys Sipes Driver. She married Melvin E. Walker on Nov. 16, 1957, in Andalusia.
She had been a health care aide for the Mercer County Health Department, and had worked at Servus Rubber in Rock Island. She was a stock car driver, and was a champion Raceway Darling at East Moline Speedway. She loved spending time with her family and enjoyed gardening, camping and motorcycles.
Ruth is survived by her husband, Melvin; six children and their spouses, Kenneth and Laurie Walker, Milan, Sharon and Robert Brooks, Alpha, Penny Graves, Cocoa, Flda., Vickie and Larry McMullin, Orion, Theresa and Greg Ebberson, Viola, and Nancy and Tim Kisner, Milan; 19 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and brothers and sister-in-law, Jerry Driver and Cecil and Connie Driver, all of Milan. She was preceded in death by two children, Melvin Jr. and Cynthia; and brothers, James Houk and Bill Jo Driver.
Ruth's family invites friends to share stories and condolences and light a candle in her memory at TrimbleFuneralHomes.com.














 



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