Ruth Ann Wantling, 84, of Normal, passed away at 3:32 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at Villas of Holly Brook and Reflections Memory Care in Bloomington.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society of Central Illinois or Wishbone Canine Rescue.
Ruth was born on January 9, 1936 in Peoria, a daughter to Paul and Martha Horn Cooper. She married Harold Bunton, he preceded her in death. She then married William Wantling. After William preceded her in death she married Frank Phifer who also preceded her in death.
Surviving are her children, Brenton Don Bunton of Florida, Scott (Suzann) Bunton of Morton; step-son, Matt (Celeste) Phifer of Chicago; grandsons, Todd (Faith) Bunton of Bloomington, Ryan (Christina) Bunton of Morton and Bret (Sara) Bunton of Bloomington. She is also survived by nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, and a grandson, Eric Scott Bunton.
Ruth worked in social services in McLean County for many years. She attended the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington Normal. Ruth had a great love of animals and especially enjoyed fostering many dogs for local shelters.
Ruth was loved by many and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
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