Eileen “Ruth” Portwood, 74, of Bethalto, passed away at 10:31 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, at Alton Memorial Hospital.
Born on May 29, 1941, in Wood River, she was the daughter of Herman Frederick and Sarah Blanche (White) Meyer.
Eileen was a homemaker and retired Certified Nursing Assistant.
Surviving are two sons, Robert Portwood of Carrollton and Ronald (Doris) Portwood of Chapin; a daughter, Ramona (Gregg) Gaines of Lake Ozark, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Heather, Bobbi, Jeremy, Jessica, Katie, Kurtis, Kamryn and Drake; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Larry Meyer Sr. of South Roxana, Steve Sr. (Norma) Meyer of Staunton; four sisters, Mary Jean Long of McClure, Judy Rulo of Bethalto, Sue (Neil) Sperandio of East Alton, Patricia (Paul) Howard of Shipman; and a special friend, Thomas Bartholomew of Bethalto.
Preceding her in death were her parents and two brothers, Bill Meyer Sr. and Mike Meyer Sr.
A visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. until time of a graveside service at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Wanda Cemetery in South Roxana. Pastor David Fields will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Marks Mortuary in Wood River is in charge of arrangements.