Ruth was born on December 9, 1944 in Fawn River Township, a daughter to the late Fay and Mary (Sanders) Mathews.
Ruth attended Burr Oak High School and would later obtain a GED. Ruth also attended Glen Oaks Community College. Ruth worked at Dometic in LaGrange until her retirement in 2003.
On June 30, 2001 Ruth married Ron Lilly somewhere in the woods of northern Michigan. Ron would precede her in death on December 2, 2020.
Ruth is survived by her children: Jane (Alan) Johnson of Burr Oak, George (Jody) Musall of Howe, John (Bonnie) Ferrier of Niles, Jay (JT) Musall-Tiller of South Bend, Joseph Musall of Burr Oak, Jeanette Williams of Burr Oak, Larry Ferrier, James Ferrier, Lindsey Lilly, Bessie Luna-Lilly, Charles (Missy) Lilly, and Colleen (Andy) Falkenstein, siblings: Pete (Gerry) Mathews, Mary (Lloyd) Tyler, and Dawn (Gerald) Selders, many grand, great grand, and great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, Fay and Mary Mathews, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Ron Lilly, brothers: Ricky Mathews and Danny Mathews and daughter Paula Minges.
The Lilly family will receive friends and relatives on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 from 4 to 7pm at the Schipper Funeral Home in Colon. A funeral service celebrating the life of Ruth will be held on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 3 PM at the Burr Oak Missionary Church with interment to follow at Adams Cemetery in Bronson. In lieu of flowers the family asks memorial donations be made to the Dennis Root Memorial Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online condolences can be left for the family at Schipperfuneralhome.com