Ruth Blough Call Cochran, 97, died December 9, 2013, at Taylor Manor in Versailles, KY, after a brief illness. She was born September 28, 1916, in Camp Grove, IL, to George and Catherine Blough.
Ruth was preceded in death in 1944 by her husband of two years, seaman James B. Call, and again in 1992 by her husband of 28 years, Willard J. Cochran. Four sisters and nine brothers preceded her in death.
She is survived by a sister, Mary Saletta of Oak Lawn, IL, and a brother, Joseph Blough of Davenport, IA. She is also survived by a son, Jim (Sara) Call, of Frankfort, KY, and two grandchildren, Jessica Call (Mike Robertson) of Washington, DC, and Colleen (Patrick) Smith of Alexandria, VA. Ruth and Willard helped raise Willard’s grandson, Thomas Randy (Karen) Cochran, of Tampa, FL.
Ruth grew up in Odell, IL, and returned there to teach after graduating from St. Francis College (Joliet) in 1938. After her first husband died in WWII, she lived with family members for several years before moving to Peoria in 1950 when her son, Jim, started school. Ruth taught kindergarten at Peoria’s Garfield School until her retirement in 1976. Over a thousand children felt her love and experienced her enthusiasm for learning.
Ruth was an active member of St. Bernard (50-64), St. Thomas (64-72) and St. Jude (72-05) parishes, as well as St. Augustine Manor in Peoria (05-08) and Taylor Manor in Kentucky (08-13). She liked to garden, sew for her grandchildren, and entertain family and friends. She often extended herself to neighbors and family members and was very loved in return. She kept a smile and sense of humor to the very end.
Visitation and funeral services will be held Friday, December 20th at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Peoria, IL. Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. and mass will begin at noon. Burial will be at St. Mary’s cemetery in Peoria. Arrangements are under the direction of Rogers Funeral Home, www.rogersfrankfort.com.
Contributions in Ruth’s memory are suggested to St Augustine Manor http://www.staugustinemanor.net/www.staugustinemanor.net, Taylor Manor http://www.taylormanor.org/www.taylormanor.org , or Frankfort Independent Schools Kindergarten Program, 959 Leestown Lane, Frankfort, Ky., 40601.