Elizabeth Ruth Livingstone Hancock

Aug 3rd, 1941 - Aug 1st, 2020

Visitation:

Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Wed, Aug. 5th, 2020 5 - 8 pm

Service:

Rose Hill Cemetery

Thu, Aug. 6th, 2020 12 pm

Burial:

Rose Hill Cemetery

Thu, Aug. 6th, 2020

Elizabeth Ruth Livingstone Hancock

Elizabeth Ruth Livingstone (Sneddon) Hancock (78) passed away peacefully Saturday, August 1, 2020, at her home in Marion with her loving family at her bedside.

She was born August 3, 1941 in Marion, to Elizabeth Ruth (Livingstone) and Robert Sneddon, and for over 61 years, she was the loving wife of Dr. Joseph ‘Ray’ Hancock of Marion, who survives.

Her family was her greatest joy and accomplishment in life. She was the loving and devoted mother to two sons, Dr. Barry Ray Hancock, and wife Jennifer, of Marion; and Captain Daryl Robert Hancock, U.S. Navy (Retired), and wife Mary Colleen, of Collinsville. She was the proud and adoring ‘grandmom’ to their children, Andrew Ray Hancock, and girlfriend Lori Johnson of Marion, Lieutenant Aaron Joseph Livingstone Hancock, MD, U.S. Navy, and his fiancé Lacey Rokita, Ethan Robert Hancock of Indianapolis, Indiana, Elizabeth Rose (Hancock) and husband, Jon Henning of League City, Texas. Also surviving are her niece Cathy (Issler), and husband John Kigin, of Terre Haute, IN, and nephew Ron Issler, and husband Stuart Nettles, of Metairie, LA.

Elizabeth Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Jessie Irene (Sneddon) Issler Simmons, and great-granddaughter, Isla Rose Henning.

Elizabeth Ruth attended Lincoln grade school and graduated from Marion High School in 1958. She is a graduate of John A. Logan College and several banking schools.  She met Joseph Ray Hancock in the summer of 1958 on a blind date, and they were married on September 4, 1959, by Reverend Lee Swope in First Baptist Church of Marion where her Sneddon family had attended since immigrating from Scotland in the early 1900’s.  E. Ruth and Ray were married for over 61 years. She was proud of her Scottish history and made numerous trips to Scotland to visit family and friends. Her family ran Sneddon’s Confectionary and Bakery in Cardenden, Scotland, and she was well known for making shortbread from the family recipe. Her greatest life achievement was her family and she loved them more than anything else in life.

As a mother, she was blessed to stay at home and raise her children and in the community she served as a Cub Scout Leader, an officer in Delta Theta Tau Sorority, and a member of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons Marion advisory committee.  She participated in many American Heart Association community fundraising campaigns and was active in both professional and social activities at Bank of Marion, Peoples Bank of Marion, and Marion branch of U. S. Bank, where she retired in 1996.

She also played a critical supporting role throughout her husbands career with the Marion Recreation Department, Marion High School, the Marion Youth Baseball, USS John A Bole (DD-755) Association, Illinois Community College Foundation, and as First Lady of John A. Logan College for over 11 years.  Elizabeth Ruth Hancock leaves a legacy of community service, solid professional contributions, and her greatest legacy: her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild.   

Private funeral services will be held at Marion 1st Baptist Church with Dr Bob Dickerson officiating.  Public graveside services will be held at Noon on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at Rose Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5 – 8 pm at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion.

Due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus, social distancing is advised and the wearing of masks is encouraged.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Elizabeth Ruth’s name to support the startup of a foundation in memory of her great-granddaughter, the Isla Rose Memorial Fund, the Hancock Memorial Scholarship at John A. Logan College, or Hospice of Southern Illinois. Checks can be made out to any of those memorials and can be sent to: Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, 800 North Market Street, Marion, IL 62959.

Thursday morning, August 6th beginning at 10:50 the services for Elizabeth Ruth Livingstone Hancock will be livestreamed from the First Baptist Church in Marion, Illinois.  We invite you to access the service by going to youtube.com and typing in First Baptist Church, Marion, Illinois

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16 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Suzy ( Karl ) Hope

    From: Salem, Illinois

    Date: August 4, 2020

    So very sorry for your loss. Such fond memories of Mrs. Hancock on Beva Beck Drive and will never forget the opportunities she gave me when I worked for her.

  • Guest: Jay Pardus

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: August 4, 2020

    A Grand Lady.

  • Guest: Joe and Linda Cipfl

    From: O’Fallon, Illinois

    Date: August 4, 2020

    Dear Ray:

    God bless you, your sons, Barry and Daryl, and their families and to each of you, Linda and I extend our thoughts and our prayers. You know that I am seldom lost for words, but with the passing of your dear Ruth, I really cannot find the words to properly express to you the strong feelings of loss that we are experiencing. Ruth was a magnificent lady, so genuine and so thoughtful filled with abundant love and joy. We so treasure the years of friendship that the two of you have shared with us and so many wonderful and delightful memories will be present with us forever. And oh, how we did enjoy Ruthie’s shortbread! Ray, please take care!

    Joe and Linda

  • Guest: Dixie L. Richardson

    From: Carterville, Illinois

    Date: August 4, 2020

    Ray, my heart is broken at the loss of such a lovely and gracious woman. I feel honored to have known Ruth for the short time we were acquainted and found her to be warm, kind and delightful. I pray that your many years of wonderful memories will give you comfort in the days to come. The pipes were calling and she had to go. God bless.

  • Guest: Richard & Kathryn Stilley

    From: Mulberry, Florida

    Date: August 4, 2020

    Ray and Family, We are so very sorry to hear about Ruth. She was a true lady. Sending love and prayers to your family.

  • Guest: Sloane Menzie Payne

    From: Owensboro , Kentucky

    Date: August 4, 2020

    Barry this is Sloane Menzie Payne I’m so sorry for your loss I’m sending love and Prayers to you and your family !!! God Bless you all !!!!

  • Guest: thomas thomas

    From: Naples, Florida

    Date: August 4, 2020

    Ruth was a fantastic woman who was always by Rays side. We were fortunate to call her a friend and the times we spent together will be cherished by Lynn and I. She devoted her life to helping others as was evident by the roles she played in supporting great causes and a loving husband. It will not be the same to see my great friend Ray without Ruth at his side. Our thoughts and prayers are with this great family at this difficult time. God has welcomed Ruth to the great community college in heaven.

  • Guest: Larry and Sandy Phipps

    From: JOHNSTON CITY, Illinois

    Date: August 4, 2020

    Our heartfelt prayers and condolences Ray to you and your family as the passing of your dear wife has touched so many lives. She was such a gentle, loving and thoughtful lady. Lady indeed covers as she wore that title as no other in a long time of my memory. Each little thing done for her was never forgotten but always remembered with another small gift from her. She will be greatly missed by all. God bless you all during this time of grief.

  • Guest: Virginia McMillan

    From: Columbia, Missouri

    Date: August 4, 2020

    Dear Ray and family. Our thoughts are with you as you celebrate the life of beautiful Ruth. The friendship of the “China Group” has always been special!
    Virginia and Bruce

  • Guest: Bill Jackson

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: August 5, 2020

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Ruth was a great woman, and I have many fond memories.

  • Guest: Robert Campbell

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: August 5, 2020

    Marlene and I offer our sincere condolences to the Hancock family in this time of loss.

  • Guest: Don Burgrabe and Pat Stearns

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: August 5, 2020

    Our sincere condolences are extended to Ray and sons during this time of loss. May your faith comfort you and memories bring you peace.

  • Guest: Fred and Rita Monroe, and employees of Monroe Cleaners

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: August 5, 2020

    So sorry for your loss. She was a great lady and will be missed!

  • Guest: David and Carla Hays

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: August 6, 2020

    Ruth was such a special lady. She will be remembered and missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ray and all of the family.

  • Guest: Rob Cash

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: August 6, 2020

    So sorry I couldn’t make it to the visitation last evening. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Mrs Hancock was a staple of the Marion community and will be truly missed.

  • Guest: LINDA Byassee

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: September 17, 2020

    Thinking of you and all the family as you carry on through your grief. Prayers continue for you daily. Your Life story is such wonderful love story. You both are inspirations to us all. What courage she had to fight so long. Love and hugs sent your way. So sorry she is gone.