Ruth E. Mitchell, 97, of Taylorville, passed away at 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at Taylorville Care Center.
Ruth was born November 28, 1923 in Bird Township, rural Macoupin County, the daughter of Walter and Mary O. (Joiner) Whittaker. She married Dwain Mitchell on July 21, 1942 in Cape Girardeau, MO. He preceded her in death on December 29, 2011.
Upon graduating high school, Ruth attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale for two years. She then went on to work as a plant clerk for the telephone company, before becoming a full-time homemaker for Dwain and her two children. Ruth was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church in Taylorville.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Carolyn Purdy; son, Roger Mitchell; and siblings, Mary E. Biondolino, and Almer Whittaker.
Ruth is survived by her daughter-in-law, Jackie Mitchell of Cave Creek, AZ; grandchildren, Carolyn (Mike) Cronin, Thomas S. (Michelle Reese) Mitchell, Sr., Michael B. Mitchell, and Jacob L. (Angie Verberg) Mitchell; great grandchildren, Joe Cronin, Crystal Mitchell, Charlotte Mitchell, Thomas S. Mitchell, Jr., Aiden Mitchell, Leo Mitchell, and Katie Verberg; sister, Clela Hines of East Alton; and several nieces and nephews.
A private family graveside ceremony will be held at Fraley Cemetery in Taylorville.
The family has entrusted Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568 with ceremonies.
Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to offer condolences to the family.