Former Chesterton resident Ruth Marie Gambrel, 91, of Fairbury, Ill., passed
away at 1:09 pm, Saturday, January 26, 2013 at OSF St. James-John Albrecht
Medical Center, Pontiac, Ill.
She was born November 28, 1921 in Gary, Ind., the daughter of Harry L. and
Selma A. (Lindstedt) Anderson.
She married Rev. Verland Gambrel on November 6, 1943 in Nashville, Tenn. He
passed away on March 3, 2004
Survivors include her three daughters, Jean (Larry) Brown of Bloomington,
Ind.; Mary (Gordon) Frobish of Fairbury, Ill.; Laura (Mike Bardot) Estes of
St. Louis, Mo.; two sons, Paul (Jerry) Gambrel of Bradley, Ill.; Philip
(Norma) Gambrel of Beaverton, Ore.; two sisters, Lois (LeRoy) McCullough of
Rochester, Minn.; Lucille (Richard) Neiderhiser of Raymore, Mo.; nine
grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She was a 1939 graduate of Chesterton High School and received her B.S. in
Elementary Education from Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Ill., in
1971. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, Homemakers Extension
of Livingston County and the Fairbury Senior Citizens.
Ruth enjoyed spending time with her family who will miss her deeply. Music,
camping, and traveling with her husband were on the top of her “favorites”
Her funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at
Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury, Ill., with the Rev. Dr. Richard
Neiderhiser officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury.
Visitation will be one hour prior to her service on Tuesday, also at the
memorial home in Fairbury.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials be directed to Olivet
Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Ill., or Evenglow Lodge, Pontiac, Ill.
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