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East Liverpool Review
June 5, 2003

Ruth Esther Allen Shilling, 84

CHESTER – Ruth Esther Allen Shilling, 84, died at 1:20 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2003 at East Liverpool City Hospital following a lengthy illness.

Born in Chester, May 10, 1919, a daughter of the late Joseph E. and Daisy M. Powell Allen, she was a 1937 graduate of Chester High School and did undergraduate work at Mount Union College and received her degree from West Virginia university, where hs later earned her Master’s Degree Plus 40.

A lifelong member of the Chester First United Methodist Church, she was active with its Council Ministries, choir and building committee. She also was a past chairman of the administrative board.

A lifelong resident of the area, she taught for 42 and a half years in the Hancock County School System, more than 30 0f which she taught English, journalism and printing at Oak Glen High School, where she also served as the Junior Class adviser. She also was active as prom adviser, assisted with baccalaureate and graduation ceremonies and organized printed programs for sporting events, plays and other special activities.

A past president of delta Kappa Gamma Teachers Sorority, she was a member of Eastern Star for more than 60 years and also served a Past Matron.

Additionally, she was a volunteer for the Blackhawk School District and former chairperson of the United Way.

Her husband, David Robert “Bob” Shilling, whom she married Dec. 21, 1947, survives at home.

A daughter, Mrs. Craig (Cynthia J.) Smith of Beaver Falls and two sons, David A. Shilling and his wife, Luanne, of Chester and R. Joseph Shilling and his wife, Bonnie, of Waverly, Ohio, survive.

Five Grandchildren, Matthew, Richard and his wife Penny, Bryanne, and Catlin Shilling and Christopher Smith, also survive.

A brother, Paul E. Allen, preceded her in death.

Friends may call today at the Dawson Funeral Home from 6 to8 p.m. and on Friday when the family will be present from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. where an Eastern Star Service will be held at 7 p.m.

The Rev. Charles Andrews will conduct services at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Columbiana County Memorial Park.

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Contributed by Pat Lightner

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