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Ruth Duff; Jerry Presley

Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 8:29 am

Ruth Duff

Ruth Duff

Ruth E. Duff , 97, of Eolia, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015.

She was born on March 8, 1918, in rural Cyrene,  to Overton and Gertrude (Warner) Huckstep. Ruth was the youngest of seven children and had six older siblings: John, Alton, Earl, Martin, Mary Allice and Helen. As a youngster, she only lived three miles from her future husband, John Larry Duff. She walked two miles to school each day. At the age of 19, she married her sweetheart, John Duff. They were blessed with one son, Marion, who was the apple of their eye.

Ruth’s husband farmed and she would help in anyway she could. She had a sweet personality and was always willing to do her part. Ruth sewed for her family as well as others. Hard work was no stranger to Ruth. She was talented and liked to quilt, making well over 100 quilts during her lifetime. While living at Sugar Creek Assisted Living, she also enjoyed crocheting and knitting, making hats for newborns and cancer patients. When she had more time on her hands, she liked to put puzzles together. Visiting with family and friends was what she liked to do. Ruth especially loved cooking for her family and spending time with them. She will be greatly missed and long remembered by all those that loved her.

Surviving are her beloved son, Marion and wife, Pam Duff of Eolia; adoring grandchildren: Christopher and wife Amy Duff of Mexico, Mo., Shana and husband JR Wiley of Mexico, Mo.; and her three great-grandchildren: Ethan Wiley, Austin Duff and Cody Duff; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Overton and Gertrude Huckstep; her husband, John Larry Duff; her brothers: John, Alton, Earl and Martin Huckstep; her sisters: Mary Alice Lafollette and Helen Allison and one great-granddaughter: Emily Louise Duff.

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 4-8 p.m. at McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home – Eolia Chapel at 301 Church St. Eolia, MO 63344.

Funeral will be at  10 a.m. on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home – Eolia Chapel. Officiating will be Greg Wyble. Interment will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery- Whiteside

Memorials may be made to Oak Grove Cemetery c/o McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home, 1304 Boone Street Troy, MO 63379

Jerry Presley, beloved husband of Glenda, treasured father of Eric & Tami, Nicole & Kevin, Ryan & Christel & Michele, cherished grandfather to Kyle, Katelyn, Rachel and Kole, brother to Helen Bray, Connie Martin, Ralph & Terry Presley, and Shirley & Jim Eddens, uncle & mentor to numerous nieces and nephews ended his battle against Parkinson’s on Sunday, Aug. 23.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joe & Marie Presley, brothers Roger & Donald Presley, and brother-in-laws Tom Bray & Rick Martin.

He served his country with honor and pride and is finally at peace in the house of our Lord. We picture him with loved ones gone before him, gathered around together playing a hand of pinochle.

A small graveside service will be held.

You can honor Jerry by making a donation to the Michael J Fox Parkinson’s foundation, c/o McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 1304 Boone Street, Troy, MO 63379.