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Tilson, Ruby C.

d. May 10, 2013

Ruby Tilson, age 82, of Petersburg, formerly of Greenview, passed away on Friday, May 10, 2013. She passed away at Sunny Acres Nursing Home where she received excellent care and loving attention by all of the staff members.

She married Roy Tilson on January 1, 1948. They grew up only two miles apart as children, fell in love and were married for 64 years. Roy and Ruby farmed in the Sweetwater area of Menard County for many years and upon retirement moved to Lake Petersburg.

Ruby is survived by a sister, Vera Harbarger of Mt. Pulaski; sister-in-law, Eleanor Reller of Litchfield; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Roy on March 19, 2013; her parents, Frank and Florence Reller; two brothers, Kenneth Reller and Darrell Reller; and one nephew. Ruby was born May 17, 1930 in rural Edinburg, Illinois, the daughter of Frank and Florence Leotha Reller.

Ruby loved Roy, people, flowers, and her dogs, as well as her neighbor’s dogs. Roy and Ruby were known as the “Happy Couple”, always waving and smiling as people pass-by.

She was a faithful member of the Third Presbyterian Church, Springfield, IL.

Services will be held at Mott & Henning Funeral Home where visitation will be held from 1:00 until time of service at 2:00 PM on Monday, May 13, 2013.

Rev. Brent Mitchell from Third Presbyterian Church in Springfield officiating.

Burial will be held at Walnut Ridge Cemetery near Middletown.

Memorials can be made to the Third Presbyterian Church in Springfield or the Menard County Animal Protective League (MAP).


  1. Ruby was one of the kindest people I know. She and Roy were always an inspiration to be around at family gatherings. Ruby loved animals especially dogs. She always remembered birthdays and was wonderful with children. Ruby and Roy were very close to my parents, Donald and Iverne (Cline) Mucciante, and Raymond and Leona Estill. Iverne and Raymond were Roy’s first cousins. Ruby was really excited when she and Roy decided to built a home on Lake Petersburg after living in rural Greenview for years. Ruby was always there when you needed her and never had a bad thing to say about anyone. She always had a smile on her face and a laugh that was easily recognized. Ruby especially enjoyed her neighbors, the Brauer’s and the Schoenweis’ even their dogs. She will be greatly missed by relatives, friends and neighbors.

    May she rest in peace now with Roy.

    Mary Mucciante, Roy’s cousin

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