Ruth Ann Zbinden Elam


Ruth Ann Zbinden Elam, age 51 of Greenville, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017 at HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 17, at the Smith Grove Baptist Church. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church. Officiating will be her brother, Rev. Joseph Zbinden. Memorials may be made to the family.

Ruth Ann, the daughter of Freeman Herman and Wilma Esther McCray Zbinden, was born August 31, 1965 in Greenville. She attended the public schools and graduated from Greenville High School. Ruth Ann worked at Brauns Terrace in Greenville for a few years. She later took care of people in their home, as an in-home caretaker.

Ruth Ann was youngest of 10 children. Surviving are Bonnie Barker of Vandalia, IL, Tom Zbinden and wife Roberta of Greenville, Robert Zbinden and Anna of Alhambra, IL and Joseph Zbinden and wife Joy of West Franfort, Illinois. Her siblings preceded her in death were half-brother Jack Thomalson, Harry Zbinden, Barbara Alt, Dorene Zbinden and Edwin Zbinden. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and family.

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