Ruth Virginia McCracken

Female 1918 - 2003

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  • Born  23 Jul 1918  Michigan, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Died  8 May 2003  Normal, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I4827  Virts
    Last Modified  19 Nov 2013 

    Family  Everett Wendell Werts,   b. 9 Jan 1907, Benton Township, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 2006, Bloomington, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  22 Feb 1941  Michigan, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Living
    Last Modified  7 Oct 2012 
    Family ID  F2190  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL) - Sunday, May 11, 2003

      Deceased Name: Ruth V. Werts

      Bloomington - Ruth V. Werts, 84, of Bloomington, died at 1:35 a.m. Thursday (May 8, 2003) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

      Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Second Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, with the Rev. Peggy Vogelsinger officiating. A buffet luncheon will follow the service at Church. The family will receive friends and relatives from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Carlisle Funeral Home, Michigan City, Ind. Her graveside service will immediately follow the Tuesday visitation at Greenwood Cemetery, Michigan City.

      In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Salvation Army or to the Western Avenue Community Center, 600 N. Western Ave., Bloomington, IL 61701.
      She was born on July 23, 1918, in Michigan City, a daughter of Alva and Emma (Zieske) McCracken.

      She married Everett Werts on Feb. 22, 1941. He survives.
      Other survivors include daughter Ginger Taylor Saclioglu and son-in-law Cihan Saclioglu, a professor of physics at the University of the Bosphorus.
      She was preceded in death by her mother in 1986; her brother, Robert, in 1959; and her father in the 1918 flu epidemic.

      She attended Depauw University, Greencastle, Ind., and then was associated with her mother in the florist business for several years.

      Their daughter, Ginger, was born in Michigan City in 1943, and in 1957 the family moved to Bloomington-Normal, where Everett was an electrical engineer with General Electric. Mr. Werts retired from GE in 1972, and the family remained in Normal, except for their daughter, Ginger, who married Cihan Saclioglu. Ginger has worked as a teacher and translator in Istanbul for over 30 years.

      For 25 years, Mrs. Werts was a highly acclaimed book reviewer in the greater northern and central Illinois-Indiana area, traveling frequently to women's and other civic clubs to deliver biographical reviews on a range of subjects from Indira Gandhi and Albert Einstein to Ernest Hemingway. Having served as president of the Michigan City Women's Study Club, she later became an active member of several Bloomington area clubs as well, notably the History Club and Margaret Fuller Club.

      Mrs. Werts also was a staunch member of the Second Presbyterian Church, where, like her husband who served on both the Board of Deacons and the Board of Elders, she was a member of the ladies' circle and prayer group for many years.
      Most recently she worked on a logo in needlepoint for the church's Women's Association. Her design is prominently displayed in the Fellowship Room on East Street.

      Mrs. Werts was an avid bridge player and gardener. To her daughter and son-in-law she also was known as "The World's Best Cookie Baker."

      Ruth will be missed by her family and many friends.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1044] Social Security Death Index,, (Name: Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2008;) (Reliability: 3).
      Online publication - Social Security Death Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007.Original data - Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.