Ona Ruth Blood
SPRINGFIELD, IL - Ona Ruth Blood, 87, passed away May 22, 2013, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. She was born June 6, 1925, in Harvey, Ill., the daughter of Thomas and Dorothy (Wierick) Riddle.
She graduated in 1943 from Thornton Township High School in Harvey and worked as a legal secretary until her marriage. She married Nile R. Blood of West Salem, Ill., in 1946, after his return from WWII.
After his graduation in civil engineering from the University of Illinois in 1949, they moved to Effingham, Ill. While in Effingham, they had a son and a daughter. The family moved to Springfield in 1967. Ona Ruth retired from Famous Barr department store, where she worked for 10 years in the Silver Department.
Ona Ruth's greatest joys were her family and friends. She enjoyed travel, being outdoors, reading and dining out with her monthly "Dinner Gang." She loved doting on her "granddog," a chihuahua named Gomez.
She was a member of West Side Christian Church since 1967, the Springfield Motor Boat Club and the Marine Bank Mariner's Travel Club.
Ona Ruth was preceded in death by her husband; parents; father- and mother-in-law, S. Lynn and Elsie Blood; brother, Thomas Riddle, and his wife, Marjorie; sister-in-law, Carol (Blood) Bowen, and her husband, Glenn; brother-in-law, James Hon; and a former daughter-in-law, Susan Powers.
She is survived by son, Thomas, of Springfield; daughter, Ellen Rae of Springfield, formerly of Naperville, Ill.; sister, Shirley (Riddle) Hon of Manteno, Ill.; three grandchildren: Jessica Dodd-Evans, Lindsey Blood and Jared Blood Powers of Arkansas; eight great-grandchildren, also of Arkansas; four nephews; three nieces; several great-nieces and great-nephews, and several great-great-nieces.
Graveside services took place Saturday, June 1, 2013, in West Salem, Ill., with interment at Moravian Cemetery, where Ona Ruth was laid to rest next to her husband, Nile.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 11 a.m. at West Side Christian Church, 2850 Cider Mill Ln., Springfield, IL. The service will be in the church's Centennial Hall, to be immediately followed by a luncheon also at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Friends of St. John's Hospital or to the American Red Cross in honor of victims of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings.
Online condolences may be left at legacy.com/obituaries/sj-r.