Ruth E. Holtman, 89, of Granite City and formerly of Quincy, fortified by the sacraments of Holy Mother Church, passed away peacefully at 7:32 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at her home.
She was born Jan. 22, 1925, in Keokuk, Iowa, a daughter of the late Roy and Olive (Basford) Kinman.
She married Billy Taylor Holtman on May 19, 1951, in Good Hope, Ill., and he preceded her in death on June 14, 2002.
Ruth retired in 1989 from the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy with more than 20 years of dedicated service as a switchboard operator. She was a former member of St. Mary and St. Boniface Catholic Churches, Our Lady of Angels Seminary Guild and St. Mary Rosary and Altar Society, all in Quincy. She was a member of the Retired Illinois Veterans Home Luncheon Group in Quincy. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City, where she was a member of the St. Anne Altar Society. She was an avid reader, loyal customer of QVC and enjoyed her days of cooking and baking. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family.
She is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald and Lori Williams Jr. of Jefferson City, Mo., Roger Williams of Phoenix, Ariz., the Rev. Father Jeff Holtman of Granite City and James Holtman of Quincy; three daughters and a son-in-law, Sandra Crane of Monroe City, Mo.; Jennifer and Ted Hester of Collinsville; and Julie Hadler of LaSalle; 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; her best friend, Maxine Louis of Chicago; many nieces and nephews; cousins; other extended family and friends.
In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by twin brothers, Clyde and Cloyd Pulliam and a sister, Virginia Huber.
In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2606 Washington Ave. in Granite City from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, with a Christian Wake Service at 4 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at Holy Family Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, with the Rev. Fr. Jeff Holtman as celebrant and the Rev. Fr. Steve Bedenikovic, the Rev. Fr. Joseph Havrilka and the Rev. Fr. Steve Arisman as concelebrants. Visitation will continue in the chapel of Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Quincy from noon until time of burial service at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. The family requests Masses or memorials may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church or grade school.
In your kindness, please pray for the repose of her soul. Irwin Chapel of Granite City in charge of arrangements. www.irwinchapel.com