OBITUARY - MRS. BERT SLAUGHTER
It was in the quiet early morning hour of a promising beautiful first day of
May while sleeping, the Lord saw fit to take back home the soul of Ruby
(SHOOTS) SLAUGHTER, who had been given life on August 6, 1896 to John and Emma
(BARTH) SHOOTS at Andover, Mo. The youngest of five children, she grew to
womanhood in and around the Andover community and attended school there.
On February 17, 1915, she was united in marriage to Bert SLAUGHTER at Mount Ayr,
Iowa, and with the exception of a short time spent in Ringgold and Decatur
County, Iowa, they lived in Harrison County, MO.
These were very happy years for Bert and Ruby, as they welcomed into their
home two daughters and two sons: Marie, Ruth, Ronald and Rogene. This
happiness was marred on June 15, 1945, by the tragic death of their second
daughter, Ruth (SLAUGHTER) SHEETS. On December 3, 1958, occurred the untimely
death of the husband and father at their farm home northwest of Eagleville,
leaving this mother alone. She continued to live at this farm home alone
until two weeks ago, when she was taken to the home of her daughter and
son-in-law, Marie and Andy SHEETS.
Ruby was always quiet and a home-loving wife and mother, who made her home
the center of her interest. She enjoyed her garden, raising her chickens,
and the many happy times her children and grandchildren visiting in this
She leaves to mourn her departure, one daughter, Marie (Mrs. Andy SHEETS),
Blythedale; two sons, Ronald and Rogene of Eagleville; one sister, Blanche
(Mrs. Chas. CROISSANT), Atlantic, Iowa, and seven granddaughters. Besides
the husband and daughter, she was preceded in death by two grandsons, Samuel
Melbert and Roe Kelly SHEETS, and one great-grandson, Ricky Joe CAMPBELL,
and one brother, Void SHOOTS, who passed away in November, 1962.
Services were held at the Methodist church at Eagleville at 2 o'clock Friday
afternoon, May 3, the Rev. Loyd COUCH officiating. Mrs. Gerald WILSON and
Mrs. Larry SMITH, accompanied by Mrs. Hugh Van HOOZER, sang "Beautiful
Garden of Prayer" and "Sweet Bye and Bye." Burial was at the Andover
cemetery, with the Boggess mortuary in charge.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, December of 2008
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