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Ruby Thomas

Ruby P. Thomas, age 93, of Quincy, died Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 7:43 p.m. in her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Ruby Thomas | Hansen-Spear Funeral HomeRuby was born March 20, 1925 in Roseville, MI, a daughter of Orville Victor and Helen Riley Owsley. She married John William Thomas on April 28, 1945 in Quincy. He preceded her in death on December 27, 2005.

Ruby spent most of her life taking care of her home and, more importantly, taking care of her family. In addition to raising her own children, she also raised some of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ruby enjoyed sewing and crocheting, and she was an accomplished seamstress. Ruby was the neighborhood seamstress, and she was continually sewing and repairing all of the children’s torn and ripped clothing. Most of all, Ruby enjoyed shopping. However, she didn’t drive, so half of Bill’s life was spent waiting for her in a parking lot while she shopped.

Survivors include: her daughter, Darlene (Jim) Blacketer of Coatsburg; four grandchildren: Angela Thomas; and Kathy Thomas Brassfield, both of Quincy; and Julie (Jeff) Gibbs, of Liberty; and Donna (Jim) Kroner of Polo, MO; twelve great-grandchildren: Ashlyn (Kevin) Gerding, Alecia and Colby Brassfield; Gage (Marley) Hagen, Jayde Hagen, and Shayne Graham; Cherlynn (Andy) Mawby; Tim (Jennifer) and Scott (Tiffany) Pease; Jason (Amanda) and Joey (Laura) Gibbs; and Julia (Kyle) Winfield; 22 great-great grandchildren; a sister, Gloria Owsley Shaffer of Fowler; several nieces and nephews; and numerous other extended family members and friends.

In addition to her husband, Ruby was preceded in death by: her son, Michael Thomas; her parents; four brothers: Lawrence “Pee Wee” Owsley; Bob Owsley; Don Owsley; Orville Owsley, Jr.; and two sisters: Norma Reddick and Loraine Schuerman.

Services: 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2019 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.

Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois

Visitation: 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home

Memorials: Quincy Neighborhood Federation


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.

  1. Grandma Ruby was the nicest lady I think I had ever met, she spent tireless energy to help other people, always putting their needs above hers. She truly was an inspiration to many, displaying a positive attitude. Ruby will be missed but never forgotten. Rest in peace we will see you again someday.

  2. Sherri Turner. I remember yourbparents from the neighborhood. They were very kind. So sorry for your loss.

  3. So sorry for your loss. I just loved being around Grandma Ruby she was a fun loving lady to be with. RIP Grandma

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