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Eleanor Mae Ruggles

d. October 28, 2019

Eleanor Mae Ruggles, 79, of Springfield, IL passed away Monday, October 28th at home surrounded by loving family and friends.

Born April 26th, 1940 to Henry Wahl and Margaret Knoles in Springfield, IL. She was the second out of seven children and is survived by her brother and sisters; Daniel Wahl, Dana Cave and Nora O’Neil.

On May 1st, 1964, she married Richard Ruggles (deceased) and they were happily married for 34 years.

They are survived by their children, Richard Ruggles, Mary Ruggles, Deborah Sullivan, Terry Ruggles, Henry Ruggles, Margaret (Maggie) Jones, and Lisa Carroll; 20 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two of her children Carol Ruggles-Rogers and Tracy Ruggles.

Eleanor worked as a server/hostess at Red Lobster for 34 years and enjoyed it very much. She also enjoyed camping, traveling and most importantly spending time with her family. She would spend hours playing with her great grandchildren, cuddling her puppy and playing bingo.

Family, friends and others whose lives Eleanor touched are invited to Mott & Henning Funeral Home from 5-7 PM on Friday, November 1, 2019 for visitation, 10 AM, Saturday, November 2nd for service and burial at Joel Hall Cemetery in Athens, IL.

Mott and Henning Funeral Home is assisting the Ruggles family. Online condolences can be made at


  1. Debbie,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. My deepest condolences at this difficult time.


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