She was born April 26, 1910, on a farm in Clay County, to Gerhard and Martha Modesitt Wellman. She was a lifelong resident of Clay County, having lived on a farm on Birch Creek, and a farm west of Clay City.
She attended Clay City High School for three years, but graduated from Ashboro in 1930.
She married Paul Culler on April 12, 1930, and they lived on a farm on Eel River for 50 years before moving to a home north of Clay City.
They were married for 64 years before Paul died May 11, 1994.
Ruth was an active member of the Saline City EUB Church and then joined the New Hope Baptist Church in 1978. She served as a Sunday School teacher, Youth Leader and in various other positions.
She was a charter member of the Everwelcome Homemakers Club, The Calico Quilters Club and the Euchre Club.
Ruth was an avid quilter, winning many prizes with her various quilts. She was a gracious hostess, welcoming friends and family. She generously shared her fried chicken, apple and coconut cream pies and other delicious food. Ruth will be sorely missed by her family, friends and the community.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, brother Harry Wellman, and sisters Carrie Royer, Helen Dial, Mary Cox, and Cladys Iunghun.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law Brenda and Jack Shidler, grandsons Michael and wife Bonnie Shidler, and Greg Shidler, all of Lewis, great-grandchildren Alexis Shidler and Camden Shidler as well as several nieces and nephews.
Services will be at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, Clay City, at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, with Pastor Nathan Couch officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4-8 p.m., Friday.
Visit www.schoppenhorstfuneralhome.com to light a candle in her memory.