Ruth Mann

  • Born: May 1, 1919
  • Died: March 17, 2014
  • Location: Chatham, Illinois

Staab Funeral Home

1109 South 5th Street
Springfield, IL 62703
Tel. (217) 528-6461

Tribute & Message From The Family

Ruth Mann, 94, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday, March 17, 2014. She was born on May 1, 1919.

Ruth was a strong woman of faith and a mighty prayer warrior, and her extraordinary prayer life will be sorely missed. She had a great compassion for others. Never did she meet a stranger without asking them the question, "Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior?" Ruth would always let them know she would pray for them…and she did.

Ruth is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Jim; two daughters, Priscilla Evans of Myrtle Beach, SC and Jann Braun (husband Rick) of Chatham, IL; two grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, G.W. and Fanny Bridges; two brothers and three sisters, including her precious twin sister, Ruby; and her great-grandson, Jeremy Evans.

Visitation: 11 am - 12 pm Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Staab Funeral Home.

Funeral Service: 12:00 pm Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Staab Funeral Home with Reverend Rick Braun officiating. Burial will follow at Chatham Cemetery.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Jann and Rick, sorry for your loss and the loss of the thousands of people Ruth touched----Heavens gain. Wow, 94, what a. Great life. I was out of town and couldn't make the services. You both have been such an incredible support for me through the years. My prayers are with both of you. Jeanne Buedel

Posted by Jeanne. Buedel - Springfield, IL - Friend   March 24, 2014

Jim, Jann and Richard,
My deepest condolences on the passing of your loving wife and mother. She lived a life of obedience to the teachings of Christ. What an inspiration Ruth was as she went about always sharing her love for Christ to everyone. Jennifer said when I called her this morning that she still has the Bible Ruth gave her when she was a little child in Ruth's day care. Jennifer said Mrs. Mann had written down in the back of the Bible the words to all the songs the children sang. Ruth used to take several of the children to nursing homes in Springfield and other nearby towns where they would sing gospel songs for the residents. The children in Ruth's care were introduced to serving others through these nursing home visits. I can remember how excited Jennifer was when she came home once, chattering on that she met Nellie who was suddenly her best friend because Nellie and she were the same age and she was even allowed to push her new friend's wheelchair around the room. When I checked with Ruth the next day, I found out Nellie was 105 not just 5. Whenever there was a siren, Ruth would tell the children someone was in trouble and they would pray for that unknown need. All of this has stuck with Jennifer through forty-plus years and she still finds still enjoys working with the elderly. In the early 70's Bob my husband was invited countless times by Ruth to go to church - she was not pushy but with love of the Lord. One day he went with me to Calvary Temple and was hooked from then on .. even to the point of becoming involved in the bus ministry bringing a busload of adults and children to service and Ruth Mann was responsible. Ruth's love permeated the lives of all those she came in contact with. She is now celebrating her entrance into the presence of the Lord and will be a guardian angel for her family. She had a very special gift of being able to share the love of Christ. May the wonderful memories of her life comfort you.

Posted by Connie Jones Mattozzi and Jennifer Jones - Springfield, IL - Friends   March 22, 2014

Mrs. Mann will always be my spiritual grandma. She played a big part in my earlier walk with The Lord and helped me learn about the bible. We spent countless hrs in the phone talking about the bible and of course, the prayer warrior that she was, she always wanted to pray for me and my unsaved family and friends, along with the president, government, you name it! List touch with her these last 9 yrs since I went through a divorce and been back in school these past yrs. Was hoping to connect with her again one day, guess it will have to be in heaven. Will miss her greatly.

Posted by Brenda Bowsher - Spfld, IL - Christian friend   March 21, 2014


Jann and family,
My deepest condolences to your family on the loss of this beautiful person. She is home with the Lord now, and I pray that wonderful memories will bring all of you much comfort during the coming days. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Posted by Sheila Wortham - Springfield, IL - Friend, colleague of Jann   March 20, 2014

Loved Aunt Ruth , Always a Southern Lady and a fun aunt. Remembering when she married JIm and we kept asking his last name. Thought granny didn't know. She is now with her Lord and brothers and sisters.
Thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Posted by Beady Frances Moore - North myrtle beach, SC - Niece   March 19, 2014

Family Album

Community Photos

Ruth Bridges Mann and Ruby Bridges Turney - what a dynamic spiritual duo!!