Cherry Blossoms

Ruth Ellen (Woodman) Shepard

August 17, 1946 ~ August 10, 2020 (age 73)

Obituary

Ruth Ellen Shepard, age 73 of Cannon Falls, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 10, 2020 at the Mayo Clinic Health System - Cannon Falls, MN. 

Ruth was born on August 17, 1946 in Kalamazoo, MI, the daughter of Warren and Blanche (Maloy) Woodman. She grew up in Paw Paw, MI, where she graduated from high school in 1964. During her senior year in High School she was awarded the Van Buren County DAR Citizenship Honor. Ruth was united in marriage to Robert Shepard on September 10, 1966 in Paw Paw. They moved to Cannon Falls in 2010. She served as a Deacon in Presbyterian churches in Barrington, Illinois and Apple Valley, MN.  Ruth was a member of the Eastern Star Lodge in Michigan and was a former 4H Leader and Van Buren Folk Dancer. She was a homemaker who was a wonderful cook. 

Survivors include her husband Robert, sister Grace Woodman Fernandes, children John C. (Char) Shepard and Mary S. Gin; and grandchildren Derek, Brian, Carrie, Laura, and Duncan. She was preceded in death by her parents and son-in-law David Gin.

The family will receive friends Friday, August 13, 2021 from 6-8 p.m. at the Adams Funeral Home, 502 West Michigan Ave., Paw Paw. There will be a memorial service held Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church, 120 Pine St., Paw Paw, with visitation at 10:00 am. Rev. Robert Smith of Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church Apple Valley, MN and Rev. Tiffany McCafferty officiating. Burial will follow at Cuddeback Cemetery, Paw Paw. Following the cemetery committal service, there will be a reception with food and fellowship at Adams Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church of Paw Paw or the American Diabetic Association 

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Services

Visitation
Friday
August 13, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adams Funeral Home
502 West Michigan Avenue
Paw Paw, MI 49079

Visitation
Saturday
August 14, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church
120 Pine Street
Paw Paw, MI 49079

Memorial Service
Saturday
August 14, 2021

11:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church
120 Pine Street
Paw Paw, MI 49079

Reception
Saturday
August 14, 2021

1:30 PM
Adams Funeral Home
502 West Michigan Avenue
Paw Paw, MI 49079

Donations

First Presbyterian Church Paw Paw
120 Pine Street, Paw Paw MI 49079

American Diabetes Association
2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington VA 22202
Web: https://donations.diabetes.org/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app224b?df_id=18806&mfc_pref=T&188

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