Ruth Eleanor Tjarks, 60, of Sibley passed away at 5:54 pm Friday January 7, 2022 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana surrounded by Her Loving Family. Visitation for Ruth will be held, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Saturday January 29, 2022 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sibley with a Celebration of Life Service beginning at 12:00 PM with Pastors Dave Castner and Jim Reents Officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to: St. John’s Lutheran Church; Sibley Volunteer Fire Department; St. Jude Children’s Hospital or an organization of the Donor’s choice. Masks are requested and social distancing is encouraged.
Ruth was born on her Mother’s Birthday June 24, 1961 in Paxton a daughter of Charles Richard and Marguerite Elizabeth, “Beth” (Peters) DeMoss Jr. who Survive in Sibley. The Doctor’s fee was paid by Two Loaded racks of Hay. Ruth and her family moved in August of 1966 in time to start kindergarten. She graduated from Melvin – Sibley High School June, 1979.
On July 14, 1979 she married Merlin John Tjarks. They were married Forty-two Wonderful years. He survives in Sibley. To their union were born three children, Charles (Megan) Tjarks of Sibley. Erick (Tina) Tjarks of Gibson City and Sharon (Joseph) Tjarks of Rantoul.
They were blessed with twelve Grandchildren. Gage, Kaytlyn, Ricky, Harley, Hayden, Parker, Bella, Amarah, Tatiyana, Maddex, Mia and Donovan.
Ruth worked for the United States Postal Service from 1992 to present. Her Passion was singing in church and as a former Sweet Adeline. She was a part of the Vermillion Valley Chorus that went to Nationals in Salt Lake City. She served on the Sibley 4th of July Committee and Sibley Village Board. She had a passion for reading but most of all Loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Ruth will be missed by all that knew and loved her.
Serving as Honorary Pallbearers will be her Grandson Gage Tjarks. Friends Roy Brucker, Kent Bielfeldt, Jeff Benway. Nephews Josh DeMoss, Jordan DeMoss, Dakota DeMoss, Damon DeMoss