Ruth J. Hambley Humphreys
POLO – Ruth Joyce Hambley Humphreys, 90, of Polo, passed away Saturday, June 30, 2012, at her home, after a courageous battle with lung cancer, surrounded by her family.
Ruth was born March 1, 1922, in Buffalo Township, Polo, the daughter of Albert and Verna (Smyth) Hambley. She attended the Moore Country School for 8 years and graduated from Polo Community High School with the class of 1940.
Ruth married Dean Hunter Humphreys March 25, 1944, in Dixon. She joined Polo Church of the Brethren on April 7, 1939, and was a Sunday school teacher for many years, and an active member of the Gleaner’s Class and the Women’s Fellowship.
Ruth helped farm with her husband and was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, traveling and spending time with and entertaining her family and friends.
Ruth is survived by her husband, Dean; children, Richard (Carla) Humphreys of Polo, Donna (Raymond) Peugh of Polo, Doris Smith of Dixon and Ronald (Rosa) Humphreys of Oregon; grandchildren, Diane (Jeffrey) Marsh of Freeport, Daniel (Sarah) Humphreys of Powder Springs, Ga., Douglas (Terra) Drexler of Polo, Carrie (Joshua) Ickes of Paw Paw, Heather Humphreys of Oregon and Clint (Allison) Humphreys of Cortland; stepgrandchildren, Nubia Roberts, Michael Davis and Melissa Buyers; great-grandchildren, Dawson Drexler, Raegan Ickes, and Ainsley and Beckham Humphreys; step-great-grandchildren, Austin Pafford, Jenna Marsh, Piper and Gabriel Williams and Zianna Buyers. She also is survived by one brother, Paul Hambley of Freeport; five sisters, Myrtle Bond of Philomath, Ore., Isabelle (Del Carly) Lyons of McConnell, Grace Colletta of Rockford, Betty Hambley of Freeport and Eleanor (James) Crouse of Loves Park; sisters-in-law, Stana Hambley of Davis and Helen Koser of Dixon; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Oscar, Llewellyn, Earl, John, Willard, Albert, Lawrence and Ernest Hambley; sisters, Esther Bell, Mary Wakenight and Edith Rose; and a granddaughter, Wendy Smith.
A private graveside service will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon. Arrangements were completed by Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Dixon.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Unity Hospice for their compassionate care and expertise.
A memorial has been established.