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Ruth Kirkpatrick

September 10, 1921 — October 30, 2014

Covington, Indiana Ruth (Finney) Kirkpatrick, 93, died at 9:37 a.m. Thursday, October 30, 2014, at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville, IL.

She was born September 10, 1921, in State Line, Indiana, the daughter of the late Willis L. and Edith (Hoover) Finney. She married Earl T. Kirkpatrick on September 28, 1940, in Danville. He preceded her in death on May 23, 2005.

Surviving is their daughter, Carolyn (John) Hendrickson of Danville, IL; a granddaughter, Mary Beth (Barry) Goff of Bloomington, IN; a grandson, Andy Hendrickson (Lori Davis) of Danville, IL; and four great-grandchildren, Tyler, Tanner, Taylor, and Tori Goff, who affectionately called her Grandma Monkeys. Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Marie (Ralph) Wright of Danville, IL, a brother-in-law, Paul (Karen) Kirkpatrick of Covington, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Gayle Ann and a great-grandson, Thomas August Goff. A brother, Dr. W. E. Finney and two sisters, Ruby Johnson and Orabelle Finney also preceded her in death.

Ruth attended State Line Grade School and was a 1939 graduate of Covington High School. A lifelong Warren County resident, she was a homemaker and along with her husband, farmed for many years in the community in which they lived. She was known to many for her good, old fashioned cooking and really enjoyed feeding family and friends.

Ruth loved to garden and spent many hours every summer canning the fruits of her labor. Her memory was one of the greatest gifts to her family as she was always happy to share stories, jokes, and events from the past.

She was also a precinct committeeman for the Democratic Party as well as a tax assessor for Mound Township for many years. Ruth spent decades going to auctions with her husband. She worked for numerous auctioneers in setting up sales and was considered an expert in the appraisal of antiques.

Ruth was a member of the State Line Christian Church, having been baptized there. Often, you could find her reading her Bible, which was the foundation for her dignity and strength modeled by the way she lived.

Funeral services will be at 2 P. M. (EST) Monday at Shelby Funeral Home with the Rev. Gerald Burt officiating, assisted by the Rev. Bob Cornell. Visitation will be 4-7 P. M. (EST) Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials suggested to State Line Christian Church. Condolences to the family:
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