Ruth Sherman, age 95, of Roswell passed away peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, at her apartment in Roswell after a few weeks of increasing illness. Memorial services will be scheduled later in June 2011 when family members living in Western California, the East Coast, Eastern Kansas and Central Mexico will be able to attend.
Ruth Sherman was born Sept. 16, 1915, in Labette County Kansas to Walter McNeal and Pearl Pickett McNeal. Both are deceased. Ruth attended public schools in Edna, Kansas, and received her teaching degree in science and math from the Colorado State College of Education in Greeley, Colo. She moved to Roswell in 1940 to teach Science at Roswell High School. She married Edd B. Sherman on June 7, 1942, at the Sherman Ranch 15 miles Southwest of Roswell. She remained married to Edd until his death in February 2008. She taught science and math in the Roswell public school system for 29 years.
She was a member of Chapter AI, P.E.O., the Roswell Museum Art League and the Roswell Fine Arts League. She was a volunteer at the Roswell Library, a docent at the Roswell Art Museum. Ruth was an active member of First Presbyterian Church and then became a charter member of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Roswell. Ruth is survived by her two children, Robert E. Sherman, Colonel, USAF retired and his wife Kathleen of Roswell and Ann C. Cooper and her husband Ralph of Mocksville, N.C., four grandchildren, Sarah Sherman-Clark and her husband Steven, Lane Choplin, Leslie Choplin and Blake Choplin, and two great-grandchildren, Emma and Robert Clark. After retirement, Edd and Ruth enjoyed traveling in the states and overseas. Hallmark characteristics of Ruth were her dignity and integrity. In addition, her family very fondly remembers the delicious food she loved to prepare and treasures the beautiful pictures she painted. She always had a kind word for the people she met and consequently was respected by those who knew her. Ruth loved and constantly showed great affection and care for her husband Edd. All those who knew Ruth will dearly miss her kind actions and words and her constant attention to the needs and comfort of others. In place of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Assurance Home Inc., 1000 East 18th, Roswell, NM 88201. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com .