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Ruth H. Shackelford

Monday, March 12, 2012

Ruth H. Shackelford

Oct. 7, 1911 - March 9, 2012

TRENTON, Nebraska -- Ruth H. Shackelford died Friday, March 9, 2012, at the Holmes Lake Manor in Lincoln, Nebraska at the age of 100.

She was born Oct. 7, 1911, at Holyoke, Colorado, the daughter of the late Charles K. and Agnes W. (Brown) Cooper. She grew up at Lamar, Nebraska and graduated from high school at Imperial, Nebraska in 1929.

On Oct. 3, 1929, Ruth married Virgil R. Shackelford at Wray, Colorado. They made their home in Chase County, Nebraska until 1939, when they moved to Palisade, Nebraska. They moved to Trenton, Nebraska in 1953, where they continued farming and operating a livestock feed yard. Ruth was a charter member of the WSCS at Palisade, Nebraska.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil, on Jan. 16, 1998; one daughter, Patricia Melchert and her husband, Burdette; her parents; brothers, Clyde, Leslie, Alan and Clifton Cooper; grandson-in-law, Spence Sydow and great-great-grandson, Jared Michael Chitwood.

Ruth is survived by one daughter, Shirley J. Stecker and husband, Henry of McCook, Nebraska; two sons, Virgil Dean Shackelford and his wife, Wyona of Trenton, Nebraska, Duane Shackelford and his wife, Grace of Lincoln, Nebraska; 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Thelma Mathes of Aberdeen, South Dakota, relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 15, 2012, at the United Methodist Church in Trenton, Nebraska with Rev. Corey Jenkins officiating. Interment will be in the Trenton Cemetery at Trenton, Nebraska.

Visitation will be Tuesday and Wednesday at Herrmann Funeral Home in Trenton from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Memorials may be given in her name and left at the funeral home.

Herrmann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.