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Naomi Ruth (Shell) Deckard, 77, of Bloomington

Naomi Ruth (Shell) Deckard, 77, of Bloomington, passed away Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at IU Health Bloomington Hospital amongst her loving family.

Her untimely death, a result of natural causes, leaves us reflecting on abundant memories and opportunities that she shared with countless others. Her quick wit, her laughter, and sound guidance will be sorely missed.

Born Feb. 23, 1936, in Benton Route 6, Ky., she was preceded in death by her parents, Vern Boyce Shell and Nettie Oma (Johnston) Shell; infant brothers, Melvin Shell and Howard Shell; sisters Irene Bach and Juanita Head; and brothers, Rev. Billy J. Shell and Vern B. Shell, Jr.

She is survived by her husband of almost 58 years, Rev. Richard E. Deckard. They were married Jan. 28, 1956. Other survivors include a son, Richard E. “Rick” Deckard, Jr. (Marilyn); daughters Rita S. Hardesty (Ron), Raveena L. Fiddler (Mark), and Ranatta S. Raper (Mark); grandchildren, Alex Deckard (Kassie), Lauren LaJeunesse (Dan), Megan Hardesty, Miranda Hardesty, Jason Fiddler, Nakita “Kattie” Atkinson (Greg), Tyler Fiddler (Amanda), Clayton Fiddler, Bryce Raper and Madyson Raper; four great-stepchildren; 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, Ky., in 1953, she resided in Monroe, Greene, and Brown counties.

Services were to be conducted at Highland Faith Assembly of God Church, 4782 W. State Road 48, Bloomington, at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, with the Rev. Don Gifford, Indiana District Assemblies of God superintendent, officiating.

Visitation was to be Nov. 24 and at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at Highland Faith Assembly of God Church

Burial was to be at Valhalla Memorial Gardens, Bloomington.

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.”

Online condolences can be made to the family at pdcfuneralchapel.com.

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