ELKVILLE — Clara Ruth (Sills) Tripp, 85, of Elkville, passed away at 5:50 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at her residence.

Ruth was a homemaker and had worked at Turco Manufacturing in Du Quoin for 15 years. She had also worked at the nursing home and in Home Health Care.

She was a member of the Elkville Christian Church in Elkville.

Ruth had a passion for dancing. An enormous number of dancing friends will miss her dearly.

She was born May 4, 1932, in Hallidayboro, the daughter of Ira and Eva (Akins) Tripp.

She married Tom Sills in 1949, and he preceded her in death in 2000.

She is survived by two children, Donna Stice (Steve Hudson) of Murphysboro and Gene Sills and wife, Donna, of Du Quoin; a very special man and companion, Floyd Castleman of West Frankfort; three brothers, George Tripp and wife, Mable, of South Carolina, Bill Tripp of Christopher, and Jack Tripp and wife, Faye, of Anna; sister, Mary Stewart and husband, Joe, of Elkville; six grandchildren, Robert Shearer of Du Quoin, Nyla McMurray and husband, Dan, of Du Quoin, Tommy Leathers of Oklahoma, Jason Leathers of Kansas, Hope Penrod and husband, Jay, of Missouri and Amanda Webb and husband, Mike, of McLeansboro; 14 great-grandchildren, Peyton Vaughn, Grace McMurray, Brycen McMurray, Carter Leathers, Sierra Faivre, McGuire Leathers, Ryan Leathers, Jaidyn Penrod, Luna Elder, Dustin Pinner, Austin Pinner, Deidra Lusby, Levi Flenner and Jeanette Lusby; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Mary Ann Lueker; and 13 siblings.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Elkville Christian Church in Elkville, with Brother Jerry Aken officiating. Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in the Hallidayboro Cemetery at Hallidayboro.

Friends may make memorials to the Elkville Christian Church and will be accepted at the church or at funeral home.

Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin is in charge of arrangements.

For additional information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit www.searbyfuneralhomes.com.

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