Ruth E. Hawk, age 96, of Monmouth, Illinois passed away surrounded by her family on Friday, July 19, 2019 at 2:20 pm. Ruth was born on May 2, 1923 in Monmouth, Illinois and is the daughter of Julius and Sylvia Landuyt Cokel. Ruth was raised in Monmouth where she attended Immaculate Conception School and Monmouth High School. She was married to Clarence E. Hawk on September 4, 1943 in the Rectory of Immaculate Conception Church where she has been a long time parishioner. She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and was active in the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary for Bingo, fish frys, and other events. Ruth worked at Monmouth Pottery, did laundry for many Monmouth College Students, and took care of the Altar Linens of Immaculate Conception Church. She loved to bake, especially pies. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, and served on the Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed biking and walking around Monmouth. She was also known for making Sunday morning breakfast for her family, friends, and whomever stopped by. Her greatest love was for her family and grandchildern. Ruth is survived by her sons, Michael D. (Deb) Hawk, Robert "Bob" (Sherri) Hawk, and Thomas B. (Linda) Hawk all of Monmouth, Illinois and her daughter, Chris (Tom) Hart of Kirkwood, Illinois and daughter in law June Hawk of Chandler, Arizona. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren as well as several nieces and newphews. She is preceded in her death by her parents, husband Clarence, one son (Vic), and eight brothers and sisters.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday July 25, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Church in Monmouth, Illinois at 10:00 am. Her family will recite the Rosary at 5:00 pm all are welcome, with visitation to follow on Wednesday July 24, 2019 at Turnbull Funeral Home in Monmouth, Illinois. Interment will be in the St.Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Memorial funds have been established for Immaculate Conception School or Harbor Lights Hospice.