Ruth Olive Shull Roof Wilson


Ruth Olive Shull Roof Wilson, 89, passed from her earthly life on Oct. 13, 2022. Born on Oct. 7, 1933, she was the daughter of Houston Oliver Shull and Emily Arrien Shull. She is survived by her three children, Joyce Roof Carter (Jeff), Sonya Roof, and Bennett Roof; stepchildren, Linda O’Meara (John), George Lewis “Skip” Wilson (Judy), and Perry Wilson (Anne); six step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandsons; and many dearly loved nieces and nephews. Mrs. Wilson was predeceased by her two husbands, Rev. Elford B. Roof, Sr. and George W. Wilson; sisters, Bessie Shumpert (Robert), Ethel Nordan (George), Gladys Timmons (Horace), and Ruby Lown (Leon); and brothers, Lonnie Shull, Sr. (Roselle) and John W. Shull (Clester).

Mrs. Wilson served as a teacher at Schneider School in Richland County School District 1, Pomaria Elementary School in the Newberry County School District, and Lexington Elementary School in Lexington County School District 1. She ended her career as a media assistant at Lexington Elementary.

Mrs. Wilson always cherished her church affiliations and especially enjoyed participating in St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church Christian education activities, WELCA (Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) and church choir. She was a member of Lexington County School District 1 Retired Educators, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary Women’s Auxiliary, and American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 7.

In keeping with her gracious and generous spirit, Mrs. Wilson donated her body for research at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, S.C.  

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Lexington, S.C. The family will greet the congregation in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service. Memorials may be made to St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church at 119 N. Church Street, Lexington, SC 29072.

Ruth’s family wishes to thank all loved ones for their unwavering support, the staff of Oakleaf Village of Lexington for providing her with a loving and happy home for the past ten years, her many attentive medical professionals, and the staff of Columbia Community Hospice Home for their expertise and tender care during the last days of her life.