Ruth B. Locke


MENDOTA - Ruth B. Locke, 86, of Mendota passed away Sept. 7, 2020 in her home.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Victory Baptist Church, Mendota with Preacher Ian Rawson and Rev. Jay Miller officiating. Lunch will follow. Visitation will be for one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be private at Precinct Cemetery, Earlville at later date. Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota is handling arrangements.

Ruth was born April 28, 1934 in Earlville to Andrew and Bodil (Lundgren) Nelson.

Survivors include three daughters, Shirley (Michael) Cox, Donna (Steven) Trost and Barbara (Sally) Ridley; eight grandchildren Tim Locke, Andrew Rawson, Ian (Stephanie) Rawson, Krystle (Tiara) Rawson, Aaron Grace, Jenna (Daniel) Hough, Brad Trost and Zac Trost; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Before retirement, Ruth worked at Sullivan’s Bakery in Mendota for many years. Prior to that she was a beautician, worked at a Western Factory Outlet, did plaster and sewing and worked at Conco/Interlake.

Memorials may be directed to Illinois Valley Animal Rescue.