Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Orta Lee Ruggles Cameron-Comstock, 91, of Shell Knob, passed away Monday, March 18, 2013, in Meridan Village Retirement Center in Edwardsville, Ill.

She was born Sept. 27, 1921, in Downing. She was the daughter of Joseph B. Ruggles and Cleda Elschlager Ruggles. On Mother's Day, 1943, she was united in marriage to Maurice Alan Cameron and to this union three children were born. Maurice preceded her in death in 1986. She later married the late Irving Comstock. Also preceding her in death were her son Rodrick Maurice Cameron, her parents, Joseph and Cleda Ruggles, and her brothers and sisters, Harold, Garland, Jim, David, Joseph, Tyra, Ruth and Mary Lou.

Survivors include: two sons, Dr. Larry Cameron, of Omaha, Neb., and Dr. Errick Cameron and wife, Cindy, of Edwardsville, Ill.; one brother, Derwood Ruggles, of Aledo, Ill.; two sisters, Dortha McMurray of Bloomington, Ill., and Virginia Ruggles, of Santa Maria, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

At 18 years of age Orta started teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in rural Illinois. She enrolled into Western State College for Teachers, later changed to Western Illinois University. This would springboard a teaching career that spanned 49 additional years, the last 16 at Shell Knob Community Grade School. She received a master's degree from Northern Illinois University in special education in 1967.

She atttended the First Christian Church of Shell Knob.

The family will receive friends at First Christian Church of Shell Knob on Saturday starting at 12:30 p.m. until service time. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Tom Rees presiding. Burial will be in Painter Cemetery, Shell Knob, under the direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that contributions be made to the memorial fund of the First Christian Church of Shell Knob, Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Alzheimer's Association.

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