HARRISBURG —– Ruth “Ruthie” Lorelei Nicholsen, 66, of Harrisburg, departed this life Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Jonesboro,. She was born June 1, 1954, in Cook, Ill., to Art and Lorelei Nicholsen.

She was a member of Corner’s Chapel Baptist Church in Payneway and First Baptist Church in Itasca, Ill., and worked as a supervisor for Air Transportation.

Ruth loved the outdoors and enjoyed riding motorcycles, dirt-track racing, animals and feeding and attending to her horse. She took a Whilton cake decorating class and loved spending time with her family.

She was very active and involved with Clearbrook, which is a facility for the handicapped. Ruth loved donating to this program and enjoyed spending time with the residents.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and second mom, Tuuli Nicholsen.

She is survived by her husband, John Newcomb of the home; one daughter, Tracey Drace (Robbie) of Harrisburg; two brothers, Ken Baehr (Kay) of Anchorage, Alaska, and Brian Baehr (Linda) of New York; five grandchildren, Johnathan “Bug” Drace ( Candace), Austin Drace and Joshua Drace of Harrisburg and Les and David Krzys of River Grove, Ill.; three great-grandchildren, Ryder Drace and Ariana and Alessia Krzys; and best friend, Nancey “Little Nance” Krzys (Les) of River Grove.

Visitation and funeral services were Saturday at Delancey-Murphy Funeral Home in Marked Tree. Glenn Hurst officiated the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorials to be sent to Clearbrook in care of Kings Global Logistics, 300 East Irving Park Road, Wood Dale, IL 60191, or The Shriner’s Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz.

Arrangements were under the care of Delancey-Murphy Funeral Home, Marked Tree.