Ruth Lorraine Davis of Jacksonville, Ill., died Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at her residence. She was 89.

Mrs. Davis was born June 17, 1918, in Hockerville to Nathan Morris and Grace Harp Pritchard. She attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, the University of Oklahoma at Norman, the Northeastern State University at Tahlequah and the University of Illinois at Champaign, Ill., receiving a bachelor's and a master's degree.

She worked for the federal government during World War II in Long Beach, Calif. She later taught school in Washington, Oklahoma and Texas before moving to Jacksonville where she was a second grade teacher before retiring. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville where she served as a Sunday school teacher and was involved in the ladies circle and mission work. She was also formerly involved in the Jacksonville Woman's Club including statewide activities and the Morgan County Garden Club.

She married Earl A. Davis on July 31, 1950, in Bentonville, Ark. He preceded her in death on Sept. 21, 1992. She was also preceded in death by one son, Earl A. Davis Jr. in infancy and three sisters, Rubye Truesdell, Betty Brown and Billie Ann Ray.

She is survived by seven nieces and three nephews.

Services will be Saturday at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville with burial in Memorial Lawn Cemetery, south of Jacksonville.

Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church or Hudelston Baptist Children's Home.

Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville handled the arrangements.