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Ruth A. Woodruff

Published March 28,2024

Obituary's Biography:

Ruth Alice Woodruff: 07/25/1936 – 03/26/2024

Ruth Alice Woodruff passed away quietly, at home, surrounded by her family and dogs on 03/26/2024. Born on 07/25/1936, Ruth grew up in Grayslake, IL, and raised her family in Libertyville, IL. Ruth’s life was filled with hobbies, adventures and in the service of others. She was a life-long educator, helping hundreds of children start their learning journeys and others achieve their dreams via adult education. Ruth loved anything colored Red, Square Dancing, Camping, Computers, Genealogy, Sewing, Parades, Musicals, Marching Bands, and every tune that John Philip Sousa wrote or inspired. Ruth attended Northern Illinois University, graduating in 1958 and later earned her master’s in education from National Louis University, sharing that adventure with her daughter and friends.

She is preceded by her husband of 61 years CL “Woody” Woodruff, her parents, Adolf and Helen LeDain, her sister Jean, nephew Rick Irvine and grandson Barry Woodruff.

Surviving her are daughter Tammy (Leo) Lowy, her son, Steve Woodruff, her brother John (Wanda) LeDain, her sister Donna (Ed) Slavik, grandchildren Samantha Lowy, Lee Woodruff, Sean (Tami) Shubin, and 2 great-grandchildren Hannah and Alex Shubin as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at Strang’s Funeral Home in Grayslake, IL on 04/06/2024 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, with a service following at the same location, at 1:00 pm. A time for refreshments and remembering will be held afterwards, at Hope Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 32475 N Alleghany Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will be private.

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4 replies on “Ruth A. Woodruff”

  1. Ruth and husband Woody were my parents beloved neighbors when they lived next door to each other in Saddlebrook. Such friendly people are what everyone wishes for in neighbors. My parents, Marv and Mary Huizenga loved them and respected their many talents. Ruth will be missed by her many friends and family. How nice that we knew them in our lives. Sincerely, Kathleen Huizenga

  2. Please accept my condolences on Ruth’s passing. She & Woody were such good friends of my folks. Ruth and my Dad even shared a birthday so we had many a shared birthday party together. I also did my student teaching under Ruth. She was a gifted teacher and found her true calling there. Though I went on to do other things, I always admired Ruth’s dedication to her students.
    My folks were part of their square dance group and spent a lot of time together in my youth. May God bless your family at this time.

  3. Someone like your mom is so much a part of us and is never really gone…….love and memories live forever. Find comfort in the wonderful time you shared with her. She was a really good person. With love, Roni

  4. We have fond memories of Ruth when we attended Hope Church. She was a kind and gentle spirit. I can imagine her making cookies in heaven.

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