She was born Oct. 21, 1926, in Cape Girardeau to Paul and Marie Werner Schilling. She married John L.E. Boardman.
Ruth graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a bachelor of science degree in home economics and a minor in chemistry, later returning to receive a master's degree in English and literary science.
She taught English at the former St. Vincent's Seminary in Cape Girardeau from 1966 until the seminary closed. She then managed the food service at Chateau Girardeau for 17 years. In 1995, when her son and daughter-in-law opened Flickerwood Arena in Fruitland, she managed Ruthie B's, the arena restaurant. Ruth was trained as a gourmet chef and a master gardener.
When not working, Ruth traveled the world extensively. Her favorite pastimes were cooking, gardening and reading. She was a charter member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau and in recent years enjoyed attending services at Cape County Cowboy Church.
Loving survivors include two sons, J. Mark (Donna) Boardman of Jackson and Craig M. Boardman of Cape Girardeau, who was her primary caregiver the past three years; two grandsons, Kadin Boardman of Jackson and Cimarron (Shayne) Boardman and their daughter, Blakely, of Stephenville, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. Monday until time of service at McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.
The Rev. Jim Matthews will officiate the funeral at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Cape County Memorial Park.
Memorials may take the form of contributions to Cape County Cowboy Church.
Online condolence messages may be sent to the family by visiting www.mccombsfuneralhome.com.