Funeral services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Speer Funeral Home, Aledo. Burial will be at Candor Cemetery, rural Seaton. Visitation is Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Seaton Fire Protection District.
Virginia Ruth was born on Nov. 21, 1928, to Virgil and Sadie Craig Boock in Henderson County, Ill. She married Gerald C. Melton on Dec. 9, 1946, in Little York, Ill. Jerry preceded her in death on May 3, 2003.
Virginia lived and worked side by side with her husband on the family farm in rural Seaton, where she enjoyed taking care of her family, especially cooking for them. She cherished her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, they were the loves of her life. Virginia was a member of the Center Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school. She also was a member of the Mercer County Farm Bureau Women's Committee for many years, a volunteer with Reach to Recovery and on the board of directors for the American Cancer Society for more than 30 years.
Those left to cherish Virginia's memory include her children and their spouses, Susan Moore, Sierra Vista, Ariz., Gary and Kathy Sue Melton and Kathy and Ken Reinhardt, all of Seaton; brother and sisters-in-law, Dwight and Carol Boock, Seaton, and Effie Boock, Little York; eight grandchildren and spouses, Dwight and Jennifer Melton, Brenda and Chris Meehan, Darren and Rachel Melton, Jim and Colleen Link, Erin and Eric Hofer, Kevin Moore, Daniel and Beth Reinhardt and Joanna and Ted Anderson; and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jerry; and brother, William Boock.
Condolences may be left at speerfuneralhome.com.