Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
October 1, 2011 3:00 am EDT


FREDERICKTOWN — Ruth Shirkey, 81, of Fredericktown, died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, at her home.

Born Jan. 28, 1930, in Mansfield, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Loa Stambaugh. Ruth was a florist and enjoyed gardening. She liked knitting, crocheting and sewing. Ruth also enjoyed crossword puzzles, putting together puzzles and loved Chinese checkers. She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her daughters, Brenda Beckholt and Marjorie Shirkey, both of Fredericktown; grandchildren, Christopher, Jacob and Daniel Melton; great-grandchild, Kendall Melton; brothers, Louis and Dick Stambaugh; and a sister, Dorothy Sisteck.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Earl R. Shirkey, on April 25, 2008, whom she married June 27, 1951.

Services will be held Monday, Oct. 3, at 1 p.m. at the Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 100 S. Lexington-Springmill Road, Ontario. Friends may call one hour prior to the service from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

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