Ruth A. Shelden, age 81 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family Monday, January 20, 2020 at Adams Street Place.
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Ruth was born October 20, 1938 in Vienna, Mo. the daughter of Leo and Ora (Robertson) Ivie. She was married to Jerry Pierson and her three sons were born from this union. In 1975, she married Curtis Basnett in Jefferson City, Mo. and he preceded her in death in 1993. Ruth was later married in 1995 to Reuben Shelden in Vienna, Mo. and he preceded her in death in 1999.
A lifelong resident of the central Missouri area, Ruth graduated from Jefferson City High School in 1957.
Ruth was employed as a professional cook for over 25 years until her retirement in 2004. During her tenure as a cook, she was employed with Memorial Community Hospital for the majority of her career, Villa Marie Nursing Home and retired from Kids Unlimited Day Care. She took her job seriously and probably had over 150 cook books at the time of her passing.
Ruth was a strong woman of faith and an active member of Cornerstone Baptist Church. Her faith provided the guiding principles of her life and she was active with Bible study groups. She loved the fellowship at the church and liked to help with some of the church meals and gatherings.
Ruth was an avid reader and used her cooking talents to make family gatherings and holidays special. She will be remembered for her giving heart and was dedicated to helping others. She was always there to lend a smile, her time cooking, or just make family and friends feel special.
Survivors include: two sons, Tony Pierson (wife Vickey) of San Leandro, Ca. and Thomas Pierson of Jefferson City, Mo.; step-son, Ken Basnett of Jefferson City, Mo.; granddaughter, Kimberly Pierson of San Leandro, Ca.; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Ivie of Jefferson City, Mo.; and her good friend, Susan Henderson of Holts Summit, Mo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three husbands; one son, Timothy Pierson; sister, Nettie Shelden; and brother, Don Ivie.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Cornerstone Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be conducted at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Cornerstone Baptist Church with the Reverend Brian Credille officiating. Private graveside service and interment will be at Kenner Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Cornerstone Baptist Church, 4930 Old Lohman Rd, Jefferson City, MO 65109.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.