Ruth Ann “Bootsie” Sarafian, 90, of Dixon, died Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon. She worked for Centel Telephone Company, prior to her retirement.
Ruth was born April 2, 1922, in Decatur, IL, the daughter of Joseph Henry and Mae (Reedy) VonDeBur. She married Albert John Sarafian on May 1, 1943, in Decatur. He preceded her in death on May 24, 1972. She was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Dixon for 45 years. Ruth was first and foremost passionate about her family. She was a “Life Master” bridge player, active with numerous clubs and winning many tournaments. Ruth was a devout Catholic, unwavering in her faith. Her family credits Ruth’s friends and the kindness of Dixon as a whole for her ability to remain independent and active throughout her life.
Survivors include one son, Mark Gerard (Sandra) Sarafian of Ft. Meyers, FL; two daughters, Marybeth S. (Kevin) Arduini of Mapleton, Carole Ann (Doyle) Alexander of Ft. Meyers, FL; one brother, Bob (Donna) VonDeBur of Decatur; ten grandchildren, Tim Moore, Joseph (Steph) Moore, Steve (Beth) Alexander, Darrell (Sharrie) Alexander, Tamre (Randy) Simmons, Tessa Sarafian, Kali Arduini, AJ Sarafian, Katie Arduini, Luke Sarafian; ten great grandchildren, Jesse, Bryson, Morgan, Adina, Jarred, Jordan, Davy, Melissa, Haley Jo, and Alex. Ruth’s in-laws described her as the “mother and sister of their hearts”.
She was also preceded in death by her parents.
Due to her loving nature, Ruth decided to make a gift of her body to the Anatomical Gift Association. A Memorial Mass and Celebration of her life will be held in the spring of 2013 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Dixon.
A memorial has been established to Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon.