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Ruby D. Dunaway

August 10, 1931 April 9, 2020
Ruby D. Dunaway
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Ruby D. Dunaway, 88, of Cowden, passed away at 11:35 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham with her loved ones by her side.

Ruby was born on August 10, 1931, in Shelby County, the daughter of Everett and Gertrude (Doran) Allsop. She and Ivan McBride were united in holy matrimony and he preceded her in death in September 1990. Ruby married Donald Dunaway on December 25, 1993. She was a member of the Cowden Free Methodist Church and was a charter member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Ruby was a homemaker who enjoyed the outdoors and making her strawberry jam. She was as well known for her strawberry jam as she was for checking in on her family and friends. Ruby touched many lives and was loved by all who knew her.

Surviving are her husband, Donald Dunaway of Cowden; children: Judy Halliwell of Pittsburgh, PA, Ben (Elena) McBride of Danville, Tim (Debbie) Dunaway of Cowden, Tina (JR) Richards of Cowden, Teri (Steve) Miller of Shelbyville, Tammie (Tim) Massengill of Neoga, Jane (Harold) Boehm of Cowden and Joan (Neil) Estes of Energy; 21 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; sisters: Helen (Don) Spicer of Chino Valley, AZ and Delores Jones of Smithville, TN and many nieces and nephews, all who loved her dearly.

Preceding her in death were her parents; first husband, Ivan and seven brothers.

A private family burial will be held in Mound Cemetery with a memorial service at a later date. Memorials may be made in Ruby’s name to the Cowden Free Methodist Church or the donor’s favorite charity. Memorials may be sent to Lockart-Green Funeral Home, %Ruby Dunaway, 302 W. Main Street, Shelbyville, IL 62565. Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Cowden is assisting the family.

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Event Information

Private Family Service Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Cemetery Details


Mound Cemetery Final Resting Place

300 N
Cowden, IL 62422

300 N Cowden 62422 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Cowden Free Methodist Church

107 N 3rd Street
Cowden, IL 62422

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