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Opal Ruffcorn

August 16, 1931 — February 24, 2019

Opal Marie Ruffcorn passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at North Adams Home with her son and daughter in law by her side.

Opal was born on July 16, 1931 to Tom and Ethel (Booher) Owrey at home in Walker Township, Hancock County, Illinois. She graduated from Unity High School in Mendon, IL in 1950.  She and Wilbur Ruffcorn were united in marriage on March 8, 1953.  They farmed near Loraine, Illinois nearly their entire married life. Wilbur passed on July 9, 2013.  Opal attended the United Methodist Church in Loraine.  She had resided at North Adams Home since 2016.

She enjoyed attending auctions, flea markets and garage sales, often reselling items at flea markets and garage sales in the area.  She enjoyed writing letters to her many pen-pals located all over the United States.

Opal loved playing cards, doing crossword puzzles, her cats.  She cherished her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In her earlier years she ran a switchboard in Carthage, Il.   She also had been an Avon Representative and maintained an extensive Avon collection.  She and Wilbur operated a very popular ATV Park on their property for several years.   She and Wilbur had been members of the Loraine Community Club.

She is survived by her son Darryl (Connie) Ruffcorn of Loraine; grandchildren, Eric (Holly) Ruffcorn of Camp Point, IL, Kendall (Stephanie) Ruffcorn of Loraine, Paul (Molly) Bowen of Cabot, AR  and Chase (Mackenzie) Bowen of Heber Springs, AR , one step grandchild, Lowell (Dena) Bowen, of Shreveport, LA; great-grandchildren, Dexter Ruffcorn of Camp Point,  Sylex, Madison and Audrey Ruffcorn of Loraine,    Joshua, Bailea, Brayden, Hayden and Brody of Cabot, AR,  Annabella, Elsie and Brighe Bowen of Heber Springs, AR ; one step great-grandchild, Austin Bowen of Magnolia, AR; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur,  her daughter, Rhonda Bowen; son in law, Clyde Bowen;  sisters, Ida Bell Conover, Laveta Shaffer, Juanita Crouch; brothers, John D. and  Merle Owrey.

Services will be 11:00 A.M. on Friday, March 1, 2019 in the Hunter Funeral Home in Mendon with Reverend Connie Jenkins officiating. Interment will be in the New Loraine Cemetery in Loraine. Visitation will be from 9:30 until the time of services on Friday in the Hunter Funeral Home in Mendon. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the North Adams Home Building Fund or The United Methodist Church of Loraine. You are invited to share memories of Opal and leave condolences at

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