Naomi Ruth (Shell) Deckard, 77, of Bloomington, Indiana, passed away Friday, November 22, 2013 at the IU Health Bloomington Hospital amongst her loving family. Her untimely death, as a result of natural causes, leaves us reflecting on the abundant memories and opportunities that she shared with countless others. Her quick wit, her laughter, and sound guidance will be sorely missed.
She was born on February 23, 1936, in Benton Route 6, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by her parents Vern Boyce Shell and Nettie Oma (Johnston) Shell, brothers Melvin Shell and Howard Shell that passed as infants, sister Irene Bach, sister Juanita Head, brother Rev. Billy J. Shell, and brother Vern B. Shell, Jr.
She is survived by her husband of almost 58 years, Rev. Richard E. Deckard. They were married on January 28th, 1956. Additional survivors include, son, Richard E. Deckard, Jr. “Rick”(Marilyn), daughter, Rita S. Hardesty (Ron), daughter, Raveena L. Fiddler (Mark), and daughter, Ranatta S. Raper (Mark). Grandchildren, Alex Deckard (Kassie), Lauren LaJeunesse (Dan), Megan Hardesty, Miranda Hardesty, Jason Fiddler, Nakita Atkinson “Kattie” (Greg), Tyler Fiddler (Amanda), Clayton Fiddler, Bryce Raper, and Madyson Raper, four great-step children, sister-in-law, Marlene King (Richard) plus several nieces and nephews.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many. As a Pastor’s wife, she co-pastored together with her husband for 56 years in ministry. She was an active part of Highland Faith Assembly of God church for 39 years. She was a homemaker and devoted wife. She was involved in farming, construction, and real estate. She also worked at RCA for several years. Most of all she loved Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She was truly at peace when she was surrounded by her family, church family, and friends. She also enjoyed playing the piano, singing, whistling, music, gardening, flowers, sitting in the sunshine on the porch, shopping, traveling, and giving to others. After moving from Paducah, Kentucky, in 1953, she resided in Monroe, Greene, and Brown Counties.
Services will be held at Highland Faith Assembly of God Church, 4782 W. State Road 48, Bloomington, IN 47404, on Monday, November 25th, 2013, at 1 pm. Officiating will be Rev. Don Gifford, Indiana District Assemblies of God Superintendent. Visitation will be Sunday, November 24th, 2013, at Highland Faith Assembly of God Church from 3 pm- 8 pm and on Monday commencing at 11 am. Burial will be at Valhalla Memorial Gardens, Bloomington, Indiana. The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard, 3000 E. Third St. in Bloomington is handling arrangements.
A special thank you to the kind staff of IU Health Bloomington Hospital.
As Naomi Ruth, our wife, mother, grandmother, friend would say, “Live your life with no regrets and keep your eyes on Jesus.”
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