Rosemary Runkle Surratt, 86, of Rushville, passed away at 9:50 PM, Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at the Rushville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rushville.
She was born on November 27, 1932, in Jacksonville, Illinois, the daughter of Edward and Ethel (Lashbrook) Gibbons. She married Bobby Hugh Runkle on May 26, 1950, in Littleton and he preceded her in death on July 30, 1995. She later married Wendell Surratt on September 30, 2000. He preceded her in death on February 24, 2012.
Surviving are two sons Bobby Lee Runkle of Wellsville, Kansas, and Andy Leroy Runkle of Macomb, one grandson Joshua Runkle, five step grandchildren, several step great grandchildren, two sisters Darlene Duncan and husband Bill of Manchester, Marilyn Post Ervin and husband John of Hamilton, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one son Jimmy Lynn Runkle, one step son Allen “Wayne” Surratt, one step daughter Brenda Neese, and three brothers Andrew Gibbons, Don Gibbons and an infant brother.
She worked as a nurse’s aide at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville and McDonough District Hospital in Macomb. She and her family later moved to Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, where she worked at the local animal shelter and as an EMT. After the death of Bobby, she moved back to Rushville, to be closer to family.
Rosemary attended the Nazarene Church in Horseshoe Bend. She enjoyed taking walks, crocheting, and making crafts. She loved animals, especially her cats.
Memorial Services will be at 2:00 PM, Friday, August 30, 2019, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with Pastor Fred Fritz officiating. Interment will follow in the Good Hope Cemetery, north of Rushville. Memorials are suggested to the Schuyler County Humane Society.