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“Mom, your kindness, strength and the way you loved your kids was beyond compare. I was so lucky to have you as my Mother. Love you always,Mike ”
1 of 3 | Posted by: Mike Chastain - Prophetstown, IL

“So sorry for the loss of your mother. Keep strong, keep faith Mike. ”
2 of 3 | Posted by: Deborah Strohmayer - Rock Falls, IL

“Mike and Family so sorry for your loss!! You are in my thoughts and prayers!! ”
3 of 3 | Posted by: Janica Jenkins - Morrison, IL


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Ruth Chastain 73 of Prophetstown, IL passed away peacefully on Wednesday January 24, 2018 at Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center in Prophetstown.
Ruth Ann (Emerson) Chastain was born November 25, 1944 in Moline, IL the daughter of Denis and Anna (Dunning) Emerson. She was a 1962 graduate of Alleman High School in Rock Island, IL. In 1982 she graduated from the Nursing Program at Sauk Valley Community College, Dixon, IL to become a Licensed Practical Nurse Ruth was a dedicated healthcare professional for 35 years spending the majority of her career at Winning Wheels (Prophetstown, IL), Sterling Pavilion (Sterling, IL), Pleasant View (Morrison, IL), and also briefly worked as a Hospice Nurse. After retiring in 2012 she enjoyed time with her grand children and great grand children, they were the joy of her life. Ruth was an avid reader, enjoyed watching movies, collecting coffee mugs, and loved visiting with friends. Ruth was a dedicated Mother, Sister, Aunt, Grandmother, and Friend.
Ruth will be missed by her four children; Sons Mike (Linda) Chastain, of Prophetstown, IL, and Bryan (Amy) Chastain, of Edwards, IL, Daughters Kelly Chastain (Michael Messmer) Savanna, IL and Brenda (Randy) Geesey, Savanna, IL, Her Sister Mary Lou (William) Berry, East Moline, IL , a Sister-in-law, Gwen Emerson, Coal Valley, IL, 15 grandchildren; Eric (Alycia), Michael, Jeffrey, Cheyenne, Dakota, Brandon, Conor, David, Cory (Jenna), Aaron, Josh, Sierra, Taylor, Jovi, and Cooper. 6 great grandchildren; Carson, Emerson, David Jr., Patrick, Brycen, and Elijah. Also, several nieces and nephews with extended families.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Denis Emerson Jr., and one daughter Deborah Chastain who passed away in infancy.
Visitation will be from 5-7 PM Friday Feb. 2 with a rosary at 4:45 PM at McDonald Funeral Home in Prophetstown. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 AM on Saturday Feb 3 at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Prophetstown. Cremation will follow.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.