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Ruth Eleanor (Trotter) Hollis Obituary
Corydon

Hollis, Ruth Eleanor (Trotter),

Ruth Eleanor (Trotter) Hollis, age 97, a resident of Corydon, Ind., for 31 years, and former resident of Elgin, Ill., for 27 years, died peacefully Sunday Aug. 13, 2017, in Corydon.

Born on her family's farm on July 15, 1920 in Coal City, Ill., to Janette Culbertson Trotter and George Edward Trotter, Ruth graduated from Coal City High School in 1938. She was awarded a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Monmouth College in 1942, and completed graduate studies at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis from 1943-44.

Upon graduation, Ruth worked as a registered medical technologist in Indianapolis. It was during this time that she met the love of her life, Walter Herbert "Doc" Hollis, who would become her husband of 71 years.

They were wed on Oct. 6, 1945 in Coal City and had planned to spend their wedding night in Chicago, but, alas, there was no room at the inn: due to the Chicago Cubs' appearance in the World Series that year, there were no Chicago hotel rooms to be had that night. They spent their first night as man and wife instead in Joliet, Ill.

Ruth was instrumental in building Doc's private medical practice in Fort Branch, Ind., and would go on to run scrupulously-budgeted yet lively, colorful and loving households filled with ideas and often spirited debates in Joliet and, later, Elgin.

Ruth was a member of Corydon Presbyterian Church since 1986. Prior to that, she proudly served as a Sunday School teacher, choir member and church elder with the First Presbyterian Church of Elgin, and was an active member of Church Women United.

She volunteered to assist with elections, at her children's schools and with the Sherman Hospital Women's Auxiliary in Elgin. She was a die-hard Republican all her life (though recent developments had caused her to call that into some question), and a lifelong Cubs fan who got to see her beloved team's return to the World Series.

Ruth enjoyed crossword puzzles, making Christmas ornaments, Family Circle comics, "As the World Turns" soap operas, and a hearty laugh. She loved cooking, sewing, knitting, bird watching, and, most of all, Doc, her sons, and her grandchildren.

She is survived by four sons, George E. of Brunswick, Md., John W. (Mary Lyon) of Battletown, Ky., Robert M. of Elizabeth, Ind., and Thomas C. (Sheila) of Battletown, Ky.; five grandchildren, Joshua (Alysse), Erica (Robert Norrington), Austin, Elizabeth, and Sarah; and four great-grandchildren, Mia and Reid Norrington, and Margot and Elliot Hollis.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at Corydon Presbyterian Church, 568 Hwy 62 West, Corydon, Ind.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be sent to: Monmouth College, 700 E. Broadway, Monmouth, IL 61462. Please indicate "In memory of Ruth Trotter Hollis '42" on your gift; or the Class of 1944 Clyde Culbertson Scholarship at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Please make memorial gifts payable to the "IU Foundation—IUSM" and mail to Indiana University School of Medicine, c/o IU Foundation P.O. Box 7072 Indianapolis, IN 46207-7072. Please indicate "In memory of Ruth Trotter Hollis" on your gift.
Published in The Courier-Journal on Sept. 8, 2017
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