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Ruth Ann (Huff) Harlan

Ruth Ann (Huff) Harlan, 70, Philadelphia, Mo., passed away at 7:20 a.m. Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, at her home.

     Ruth Ann (Huff) Harlan

Ruth Ann was born July 21, 1951, in Hannibal, Mo., to Darrell and Naomi McDonald (Neff) Huff. She was married to Lyndell “Buzz” Harlan on Sept. 13, 1969, at First Baptist Church in Palmyra, Mo. He survives.

Other survivors include her children, Jeffrey Harlan (Mary), Scranton, Kan.; and Angela Oles (Brian), Philadelphia; grandchildren, Dakota Oles, Skyler Oles, Morgen Oles, Sydney (Ean) Hicks, and Logan Harlan; great-grandchildren, Layton Oles and Ryker Oles; brothers, Darrell Huff, Randy Huff (Rhonda) and Paul Huff; and sister, Diann Chandler.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; parents; and brother, Steven Huff.

Ruth Ann worked for Davis Cleaver in Quincy, Ill., as an assembly line worker and supervisor. She also worked for the USPS as a contract mail carrier for over 25 years and while working for the USPS she waited tables at Joe’s Recreation Cafe’ in Palmyra.

Ruth Ann had many hobbies and activities she enjoyed participating in for those she loved. She was skilled at sewing, embroidery, crochet and tatting. She would often use her embroidery machine to make gifts for family and friends, often scouring the internet to find just the right item for each person. 

Her other hobbies included fishing, quilting and decorating her home for Christmas. More than anything else she cherished spending time with her husband. Buzz. and all of her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids.

A graveside service will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 11, at Philadelphia Cemetery in Philadelphia, Mo. Pastor Shelby Job will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Dakota Oles, Skyler Oles, Morgen Oles, Logan Harlan, Landon Chandler and Andy Babcock.

Honorary pallbearers will be Kevin Gottman, George Drebenstedt, Dale Drebenstedt, Billy Morris and Jarod Summers.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or for school supplies for Marion County R-II.

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