EFFINGHAM — Ruth B. Scheets was born on July 29, 1912, in Centralia, IL, and died on November 4, 2017, in Effingham, IL. She was 105 years old. Ruth was the daughter of the late Dr. George W. Baldwin and Susie (Morgan) Baldwin of Centralia.
She is survived by her brother, Dr. Richard C. Baldwin of Centralia; one son, Lawrence Joseph (Patty) Scheets, III, of Belleville; a niece, Russett Baldwin (Paul) Gibson, of Arizona formerly of Centralia; four grandsons, and numerous great and great-great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Ernest Newton Neber, II and Lawrence Joseph Scheets, Jr.; a son, Ernest Newton Neber, III; and sister in-law, Jean (Curran) Baldwin.
Ruth attended the Centralia public schools and the Centralia high school. She was Queen of the May Fete in 1930. She attended a girl’s school in Lexington, Kentucky, the University of Illinois, McKendree College, and the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida from which she received her Bachelor’s degree in Education, with a major in Art. She did graduate work at the University of Colorado and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She later taught school at Pinecrest School in Ft. Lauderdale and in Centralia, Effingham, and Belleville, IL.
Ruth was a member of the Okawville United Methodist Church and had been active in the Union United Methodist Church in Belleville. In the 1940’s, she was a receptionist at Shell Oil Company in Centralia. Later, while in Centralia, she was active in the Junior Women’s Club, sponsored a Girl Scout high school troop, owned and operated a children’s shop, was the first female member of the Chamber of Commerce, and was a member of the first Planning and Zoning Commission. She was also the secretary of the Kaskaskia Valley Association of the Illinois Education Association for seven years.
Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at the Okawville United Methodist Church in Okawville with Rev. William Causer officiating. Visitation is an hour before the service at the church. Burial will follow at Staude Cemetery in Okawville.
Memorials may be made to Staude Cemetery and will be accepted by the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia, which is assisting the Scheets Family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting sutherlandfuneralhome.com.