Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

Ruth Clapper

Ruth A. Clapper, age 86, of Quincy, died Monday, March 12, 2018, at 9:53 am in Blessing Hospital.

Ruth Clapper | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, IllinoisRuth was born January 21, 1932 in Lewis County, Missouri, the daughter of Everett Lee and Anna Marie Dehner Cottrell. She married Curtis Ray Clapper on August 28, 1954 in Marcelline, Illinois. He preceded her in death on December 3, 2000.

Ruth attended Monticello Grade School and Lewistown High School. She was employed at Motorola for 17 years and later was a supervisor at Sheller Globe for five years. She also served as treasurer for the URW Union.

She loved quilting and made quilts for all of her siblings. She enjoyed her garden and flowers and spending time with her dog, Buddy. Ruth was a loving sister and aunt and a very good neighbor.

Survivors include two sisters, Margie (Charles) Russell of Warsaw, IN, and Mary Jane Patchin of Sumter, SC; a brother, Wilbur Wayne (Christina) Cottrell of Monticello, MO; a brother-in-law, Roger Gravitt; many nieces and nephews; and a very dear friend and neighbor, Brenda Manis.

In addition to her husband, Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, James Rufus (Carol) Cottrell and Everett Lee (Ann) Cottrell, Jr, two sisters, Forrest Rose (Raymond) Morgan and Wanda Lou Gravitt, and a brother-in-law, Dennis Bryant.

Services: 3:00 pm on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, with Rev. Steve Disseler officiating.

Burial: Quincy Memorial Park Mausoleum, Quincy, Illinois

Visitation: 1:00 – 3:00 pm on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home

Memorials: Quincy K9 Connection or a charity of the donor’s choice


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

  1. Aunt Ruth
    Will love you always, our Navigator is laid to rest, Our trips with BUDDY To INDIANA, With my sister, you and I off to see Ant Marge and Uncle Chuck! Always we laughed, till time to say goodbye! Loved you so much!

  2. Aunt ruth I will miss your smile you allways had a smile happy and easy to talk to but most of all I will miss them big hugs I looked so forward to every time seen you.
    When i pick a musroon I will think of you all way on my heart love & miss you

  3. Aunt Ruth , you are loved across the country. I will miss reading your Christmas card this year. Love, Samantha Kennett and Family

  4. We will always remember your wit and as we look back we will laugh and laugh at some of the things you used to say… You brightened or lives.. Love and miss you so much Aunt Ruth

  5. R.i.p Aunt ruth you were one of a kind lady ill miss you greatly love you bunches!
    Your nephew, Connor Brickman

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