Ruth P. Law, 79, Rockford

Ruth Pauline Law, 79, of Rockford and formerly of Patoka, died at 9:20 a.m. on Friday, April 11, 2008, at Provena St. Anne Center in Rockford.

Services were held on Thursday, April 17, at Sunset Funeral Home in Rockford, with Pastor Eddie Smith of New Life Fellowship Church officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Rockford. Visitation was held on Wednesday evening at the funeral home, with an Eastern Star service at 7 p.m. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association or National Kidney Foundation.

Mrs. Law was born on Nov. 16, 1928, in Patoka, the daughter of John Harlen and Mary Etta Stone Shepard. She married Dewey William Law in Pocahontas, Ark., on Aug. 25, 1947; he died on Nov. 13, 1994.

She retired from GTE Verizon in Genoa in 1985. She was a charter member of New Life Fellowship Church, and a past matron and 50-year member of the Adeline Chapter of Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary Adeline and her husband Brian Spade; daughter-in-law, Linda C. Law; granddaughters, Kelly Marie Law and Elizabeth Ann Spade; grandsons, William David Law II and his wife Annette, and Kraig Benjamin Spade; two great-grandsons; a great-granddaughter; sister, Betty and her husband Merl Haynes of Vandalia; sisters-in-law, Senthie and her husband James Rowton of Huntington, Ark., and Floy Law of Plantation, Fla.; brother-in-law, Sterling Moore and his wife Norma of Davis Junction; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, William Eugene Law, on Jan. 6, 2006; and sisters, Lucille Paine, Chleo Law, Iva Bartlett and Vera Winder.

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