Ruth Ann Hickman, 77, of Salem passed away at 11:13 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, at SSM Health Hospital in Mt. Vernon.
Ruth was born Tuesday, March 12, 1940, in Centralia, the daughter of the late Granville Bullard and the late Naomi (Wingo) Bullard.
She was employed by St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Centralia as an operating tech nurse. She was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church of Salem.
Ruth is survived by sons Tom (Ellen) Fortman of Kinmundy, Tim Fortman of Herrin and Nathan (Mary) Fortman of Centralia; daughters Barbara Fortman of Salem and Nora (Steve) Daugherty of Kinmundy; brother Granville "Bud" (Bonnie) George Bullard Jr. of Paducah, Ky.; 24 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband Gerald Thomas Fortman; second husband Joe Hickman; and sons Mark Fortman and Tony Fortman.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Neal Funeral Home of Kinmundy, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at the funeral home in Kinmundy. Interment will be held at Elmwood Cemetery in Centralia.
Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's choice and will be received at the funeral home. Visit jwnealfuneralhome.net to leave memorial tributes or to order flowers.