Jean Ruth Willis
1924 - 2020
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Jean Ruth Willis

Jean Ruth Willis, age 96, formerly of Robertsville, passed away at Signature Health Care in Coshocton on Saturday, June 13, 2020. Jean was born in Robertsville, Ohio on March 22, 1924 to Harry Paul and Mabel Mardell (Clapper) Haines.

Jean was a reporter for the Canton Repository, the Minerva Leader, and the East Canton News. Her reporting focused on the news from Robertsville.

Jean is survived by a son, Dennis (Peggy) Willis of Coshocton, OH; a grandson, Christopher Sean (Shiloh Lynn) Willis of Howard; a granddaughter, Angela Dawn (Thomas) Babcock of Coshocton; 4 great-grandchildren: Justin Dean Willis and Alicia Naomi Willis of Howard, Shelby Lynn Babcock of Coshocton, and Talon Jay Babcock of Cincinnati; and 7 great-great grandchildren: Karter James King, Kylie Jean Willis, Kora Justine Willis, Klaire Jeslynn Willis, Brynlee Jo Willis, Adalynn Dawn Shepard, Ahnaya Christine Fife, and Layton Thomas Smith.

In addition to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Dean Willis.

Funeral service will be held at Bartley Funeral Home, 205 West Lincoln Way, Minerva, Ohio, on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow at Robertsville Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Bartley Funeral Home. All of the current social distancing and building occupancy rules will be observed. Face masks will be available for those who desire them.

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Published in Coshocton Tribune from Jun. 16 to Jun. 17, 2020.
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June 18, 2020
Denny & Peg. Our deepest sympathy in the passing of your mother. Sorry we could not attend the services. We will miss her at the Garage sales, she loved them.
Richard & Geraldine Lotze
June 16, 2020
Denny & Peggy. We would like to extend our most sincere condolences on the loss of Jean. She was always so much fun to visit with when she would come to your house. I remember the trips to WalMart and the plaza and the black & white outfits. She was a pleasant and loving lady. She is up there with Dean now. So glad I got to know her. Love Bev & Art
Beverly & Arthur Gross
June 16, 2020
Dear Denny and Peg I am sorry I didn't make it to calling hours ❤ I worked long hours today please forgive me I am just too tired I loved your Mom and tried to do the best I could with her I will never forget her and her funny lol ways she will be missed but it was time for she wasn't enjoying life like she did when she was home. She lived a full life, don't we all hope we will.
Take care
Liz Williams
June 16, 2020
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
Bartley Funeral Home
June 15, 2020
I use to live by her in Robertsville from 2006 to 2009. I always wondered if she was still there till this day. She was the nicest lady. I remember picking her up and taking her to Euchre at the Senior Center. She sure did love to play. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. She was loved by so many.
Ashley Marshall
June 15, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Christine Brown Kress
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