Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Death Notices

October 15, 2013

Ruthann Foil

Ruthann Foil, 58, rural Shumway, went to be with our Lord Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. She was with her beloved companion dogs, Ted and Keera, at the time of her passing.

A memorial celebration of life and potluck will be held in Ruthann’s honor from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Beecher City Kluthe Center, Beecher City. Please come prepared to share some of your memories and stories about Ruthie. Memorials may be made to Tracy’s Heart, P.O. Box 5405, Terre Haute, IN 47805.

Ruthann was a precious outspoken beautiful person who showed kindness and generosity in all her pursuits in life. She had a fiery spirit and a calming demeanor in her relationships with people. Ruthann learned to forgive her enemies and forge new paths to find important answers within life’s tumultuous encounters. She believed there were no coincidences in life — only God leading us to a greater understanding of his purposes through those we encounter in our daily activities. Our tears can be dried by treating all we meet with love.

Ruthann was born on Jan. 25, 1955, in Effingham, the daughter of Dale Dunteman and Patricia Cain Dunteman. She attended Shumway and Beecher City Schools, St. Louis Christian College, Lincoln College and Eastern Illinois University, where she graduated with a Masters of Science in Education. She was the owner of two businesses: Foil Counseling and DUI Services and Restoration Ranch, a not-for-profit Therapeutic Riding Facility. She was a licensed Therapist and a Certified AODA Counselor, CADC, with Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification, Inc. She had provided evaluations and treatment for persons with alcohol and substance abuse disorders since 1987. She designed, built and was president and owner of Restoration Ranch, providing therapeutic horse riding for children and adults with disabilities and special needs. She had plans to soon offer a new therapeutic program “Horses for Heroes,” helping war veterans with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).

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