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Ruth Garcia

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MANITO - Ruth Garcia, 68, of Manito passed away Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at her residence after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born Jan. 5, 1943, in Pekin to George and Mary Caulkins Morris.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, George Morris, Donald Morris and James Morris; sisters, Mary Schell and Virginia Lawson; and brother-in-law, Duane Vaughn.

Surviving are three children, Brian (Rhonda) Morris of Manito, Dawn (Roy) Scott of Streator and Jill (Pancho) Mascote of Elgin; 10 grandchildren, Corey (Trish) Pettie and Jera Pettie of Manito, Heather Morton, Joey Fornero and William Morton, all of Streator, Bobby Limberg, Emmanuel Limberg and Michael Limberg, all of Spring Valley, and Frankie Mascote and Izzy Mascote of Elgin; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She is also survived by her beloved four-legged friend, Missy, and one sister, Alice Vaughn of Washington.

She loved fishing, sewing and cooking. Her grandchildren were the light of her life.

She was employed as a cook in Streator for many years and then later as a nurse's aide.

Cremation has been accorded and a private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials can be made to the family, c/o Manito Community Bank, 105 S. Adams St., Manito, IL 61546, in Ruth's name, to help with funeral arrangements.

The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co. Pekin/Peoria is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Nov. 4, 2011