Ruth L. Absher, age 88, of Carrier Mills, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at Harrisburg Medical Center in Harrisburg.
She was born Aug. 22, 1924, in Saline County to the late Kenneth and Lillian Ray Dempsey. She married Bob Absher Oct. 16, 1942, and he preceded her in death July 9, 2005.
Ruth was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Carrier Mills and was a 50-year member of the former Comfort Rebekah Lodge No. 48 in Carrier Mills. While in the Rebekah's she served as Noble Grand of the local lodge and District President of the Rebekah's. She loved her Rebekah sisters from around the area.
She is survived by two sons, Mike (Linda) Absher of Harrisburg, Greg (Pam) Absher of Carrier Mills; she was "granny" to her five grandchildren, Mike Jr. and Diane Absher of Abuquerque, N.M., Michelle and Edward Smith of Harrisburg, Mark and Terri Absher of Carrier Mills, Geoffrey Absher and Autumn Fugate of Carrier Mills, and Barrett and Sarah Absher of Carrier Mills; four great-granchildren, Megan Calvert and Natassia Calvert of Harrisburg, and Tyler and Madison Absher of Carrier Mills; and one great-great-grandchild, Cameron Michael Beere of Harrisburg. She was also affectionally called "granny" by many others. She is also survived by her aunt, Elsie King of Carrier Mills.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and three brothers, Bobby Gene Dempsey, Billy Ray Dempsey and Kenneth Dempsey Jr.
Services are 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at the First United Methodist Church in Carrier Mills with her former pastor the Rev. Joey Dunning and her pastor the Rev. Stan Irvin officiating. Burial will be beside her husband in Salem Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Carrier Mills.
The family would prefer, rather than a floral arrangement, that memorials be made to the Building Fund of the First United Methodist Church in Carrier Mills. Envelopes will be available at the church or may be mailed to Greg Absher, P.O. Box 226, Carrier Mills, IL, 62917.
Absher-Nicholson Funeral Home in Carrier Mills is in charge of arrangements.