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Ruth M. Lee

February 9, 1929 — March 25, 2022

Ruth Lee, of Plainfield,  passed away at the age of 93 in Park Ridge, IL.   She was a lively, vibrant woman who will be missed.  She was born to the late Joseph Sr., and Oleta (Harter) Murin in Berwick, PA, but lived most of her life in Indiana.  She received certification from Indiana University in Bloomington as a Medical Technologist.  She worked for many years in blood banking, first at Methodist Hospital, then at Central Indiana Regional Blood Center.  She even received The Victor H. Muller M.D. Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding contribution to Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine. She has been retired for many years.  While her husband, Robert Lee, was alive, they would travel to Wisconsin and Florida.  Robert was an avid sports fan and taught Ruth a lot about strategy in sports.  After Robert’s passing, Ruth continued to watch and enjoy sports on TV.  She was active most of her life.  She made the best scrambled eggs.  She could sew and knit.  She loved to play cards with her friends.  She was a loving mother.  This is one of my (Jill’s)  fondest childhood memories:  I was home sick near Christmas.  Mom and I made Christmas ornaments out of felt and decorated them with glitter glue.   I remember making Snickerdoodles with her.  She was moved from Indiana to Illinois in December 2021 in order to be closer to Jill.  She moved into a facility in Norridge, IL.  She would often walk up and down the halls of the facility with her walker to get exercise. She liked to be in control and to know what was going on.  One of my last conversations with her involved her concern about her roommate at the memory care facility.  Her roommate wasn’t feeling well, and Ruth wanted to know what was going on.  She was asking questions of the staff.  Finally, one of them told her, “Ruth, you care too damn much.”  She did not like that.  I spoke to her and told her that the staff can’t discuss the health of residents with non-family members due to privacy laws.  She was ok with that but still wanted to know what was going on with her roommate.  Ruth is survived by two daughters, Jill S. Westerfelhaus and Jan Lee; a brother, Thomas (Chris) Murin; and a sister, Mary Ann Lang. He was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph E. Murin Jr.   Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 2, 2022 in the Hampton-Gentry Funeral Home, Plainfield, where friends may call on Saturday from 11:00 am until service time at 1:00 pm.  Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Plainfield. 

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