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Ruth V. Matthiessen

Paris, AR, 1922 - 2019

Ruth Virginia Matthiessen, age 96, of Paris, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in Long Grove, Illinois. She was born October 08, 1922, in Paris, to the late Lonnie and Mae (Rodgers) Bowles. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Carl "Bill" Tilley and Russell Matthiessen; and her sisters, Marie (Bob) Koch and Louise (Frank) Nash.
She is survived by her sister, Ina (Ed) Martin; her son, Robert (Margaret) Tilley; her grandchildren, Elizabeth (David) Jakosz and Brian Tilley; her great-grandson, Luke Jakosz; her nieces, Kaye (John) Bizon and Kathy (Jerry) Farris; and her nephew, David Koch.
Ruth worked 30 years for Allstate Insurance in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After retiring to northern Wisconsin for several years, she returned to Paris to live.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, August 5th, at First Christian Church in Paris, with Rev. H.C. Varnadore and Rev. Larry Ranells officiating the service. Arrangements are under the direction of Brotherton Brothers Funeral Home in Paris.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church in Paris at P.O. Box 369, Paris, Ark. 72855. To pay an online tribute, please visit

Published August 2, 2019

Brotherton Brothers Funeral Homes/Charleston
32117 Hwy 22, Charleston, AR
Phone: 479-965-8202