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Ruth Elaine Kennedy, 66, of Columbus, passed away at 8:50 a.m. Monday, December 16, 2013, at Columbus Regional Hospital Emergency Room.
Ruth was born on May 1, 1947, in Cascade, Iowa, to the late Dorrance and Margaret Steinhausen Kennedy. She enjoyed her time as gift shop manager at Magdalena's and loved scrapbooking, decorating, camping, long walks downtown, and volunteering at Heart Humane Society.
A Celebration of Life dinner will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday at The Armory Apartments, 646 Franklin Street, Columbus, Indiana 47201.
In keeping with Ruth's wishes, cremation is planned.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bartholomew County Humane Society.
Ruth is survived by her children, Amanda (Tim) Fox of Columbus, Chris Hickel of Corydon, and John Hickel of Pekin; grandchildren, Daniel, Layla, and Michael Hickel; five brothers and sisters; nieces/daughters, Becky (Hickel) and Robyn (Hickel); a sister-in-law, Lyn Barbeau; family friends, the Siukola Family, the Steele Family, and Linda Vanspronsen; a nephew, Jaimee Barbeau; nieces, Aimee and Beth Barbeau; and several more nieces and nephews; her dog, Lucy; and all her friends at The Armory Apartments.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Jim Barbeau and Troy Barbeau.
Arrangements were entrusted to Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home.
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