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Gloria Jean Ring, age 68, of Elgin passed from this life to eternal life in the early morning hours of Monday April 26, 2010.BORN: She was born April 30, 1941 in Wheaton, IL., the daughter of Thomas P. and Ora (Halley) Crawford. EARLY YEARS :Jean grew up in Wheaton and attended local schools and graduated from high school in 1960. Following high school Jean worked at the Boys Academy in Wheaton and later as a cocktail waitress at Bowling Green in West Chicago which was where she met the man she would marry. MARRIAGE She was united in marriage to William M. Ring at the Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake in 1971. They made their home in Elburn, where they operated Rings Floral Shop. RESIDENTIAL HISTORY: Tragedy struck in 1978 when Bill died unexpectedly. Jean continued to live in Elburn until she sold the greenhouse and moved to Batavia in 1983. Later in the early 1990’s, she moved to Elgin for a time before failing health brought her to Asbury Gardens, an assisted living center located in Aurora, in 2007. Most recently she made her home Meadowbrook Manor in Naperville.OCCUPATION / WORK HISTORY Jean worked for Arthur Andersen in St. Charles for several years until her retirement in 1994.MEMBERSHIPS She was a faithful member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake. LIFE NOTES Jean had a creative heart that loved to express itself through flowers and many different types of crafts. When she wasn’t busy creating, her hands were busy playing bingo, Yahtzee and when Rummy was the name of the game, she couldn’t lay down her runs and straights fast enough. The kitchen became a haven of sweet smells that filled her home and made your mouth water. Her bread was a favorite but it never held a candle to her cheese cake and upside down cake. For dinners, no one will ever forget her famous and sometimes infamous "Hobo Casserole". She also loved to play the odds and feel the excitement every time she scratched off an instant ticket. It was the time she spent with family that was most treasured. The light shone in her eyes the brightest when her grandchildren and great-grandchildren stayed the weekend which were filled with rides on her "scooter" and trips to the Dollar Store. These memories and thousands more are the treasures she left behind. The mark of her love on the hearts of her family and friends will never fade. SURVIVORS She is survived by three children:Charlene (Bradley Sr.) Tutt of Sycamore, IL,Kathryn (Anthony Jr. ) Maltese of Aurora, IL and William (Tammie) Ring Jr.of Maple Park, IL;Seven Grandchildren:Heather (Chris) Lehnert, Bradley Tutt Jr., Katrina Tutt,Michael Ring,Mathew Maltese,Natasha Ring and William Ring III;Four Great Grandchildren:Bella Ring, Audra Leonard,Zander Tutt and Trevor Leonard; One sister Patricia Kann of FL;One brother, Clifford Crawford also of FL;Several nieces and nephews and a family of friends. PRECEDED She is preceded in death by her parents, husband William, two sons, Allan and Clifford Halverson, three brothers, John, Ken, and Charles Crawford, one sister Josephine Healy and one great-grandchild, Gage Ring who died in infancy. .VISITATION / FUNERAL Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Friday, April 30, 2010 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A funeral service to celebrate her life will follow visitation at 7 p.m. Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Lily Lake, will officiate and private family interment will follow cremation at a later date. MEMORIAL In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the "Jean Ring Memorial" and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family through www.conleycare.com.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Friday, April 30, 2010 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A funeral service to celebrate her life will follow visitation at 7 p.m. Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Lily Lake, will officiate.
Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.