Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

October 15, 2013

Ruthann Foil


Effingham Daily News

---- — 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).

Through the years, she had many horses and many other animals. She was passionate about helping people. She loved animals, antiques, music and nature. James Taylor was “her heart” and she attended many of his concerts over the years. Ruthann was a gifted musician. She played guitar and piano and was a singer. She was a born again Christian who used her spiritual gifts of giving (Luke 6: 38), intercession (Isaiah 54:17) and wisdom (Proverbs 31: 26-30) — all essential scriptures to Ruthie. She was devout and fervent in prayer. Many people were touched by her kindness, bright smile and her optimism. She was united in marriage with Brent Foil in 1982, and they had 3 children.

She is survived by her sons, Matthew Jarrod Foil, 31, of Danville, Ind., and Heath Andrew Foil, 27, (Molly Miller), of Shumway; a granddaughter, Leeann Janette Foil, 20 months; her mother, Patricia Dunteman of rural Shumway; siblings, Darrell Dunteman (Angela) of Lewiston, Edwin Dunteman, M.D., of Chesterfield, Mo., and Nancy Raifsnider (Steve), of rural Shumway; two aunts, Juanita Rutherford, of rural Dalton City and Marilyn Gray, of rural Shelbyville; 11 cousins; four nieces; and two nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Tristan Andrew Jarrod Foil; her father; five uncles; one aunt; four grandparents; and two cousins.

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