Ruth Shadowens

Ruth Shadowens

Ruth Shadowens, 83, of Cobden, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2020.

She was born on Oct. 6, 1936, the daughter of Albert and Helen Walden Nance, in Thebes. She was preceded in death by her parents.

She was one of five sisters: Bonnie Throgmorton, Frances (Sissy) Pearson, Dorris Nossett and Phyllis Howell, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by Bonnie. 

She graduated in May of 1954 from Carbondale High School. She also was married in 1954 and had three sons.

She is survived by her youngest son, Terry Lee (Dee) Shadowens; grandchildren Cody, Alexandra and Zachariah; and great-grandson Xachariah Kaleb. 

She was preceded in death by sons Jack and Randy Shadowens. 

She is survived by daughter-in-law Sheila Yates; grandsons Bronson and Brandon Shadowens; great-grandson Logan; and great-granddaughters Katelyn and Kinnley.

She  loved spending time with family, especially with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed horseback riding, watching westerns, and reading historical romances. 

She retired from Ensign Bickford in Wolf Lake. She previously worked at Tuck Tape in Carbondale. 

If she were able to turn back time a bit and give some advice, it may be the following quote from one of the most famous western actors:

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday. “ – John Wayne

Her quick smile and laugh will lovingly be missed by many. 

Graveside funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at the Cobden Cemetery. Everyone who attended was required to observe social distancing guidelines.

To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit 

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden was in charge of arrangements.

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