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Ruth E. Szoke

February 3, 1920 - November 18, 2007

SHERMAN – Ruth Ellen Szoke, 87, of Sherman died at 2:38 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007, at her home.

She was born Feb. 3, 1920, in Springfield, the daughter of Charles R. and Blanche Bean McAfee. She married William B. Szoke on Aug. 10, 1962. Her parents, a brother and two grandchildren preceded her in death.

Mrs. Szoke, a homemaker, formerly was a resident of Springfield, Bartlett for eight years and Horseshoe Bend, Ark., for 18 years. She was a member of Sherman United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her husband, William Szoke of Sherman; daughter, Judith Ann (husband, Alvin) Nelson of Springfield; three sons, David Wayne Gerlach of Yakima, Wash., John (wife, Sue) Szoke of Aviston and William (wife, Kathy) Szoke of Plymouth, Mass.; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007, at Sherman United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Mike Pennell officiating. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Sherman United Methodist Church.

Staab Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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