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Ruth L. Britzman, 86 – Passed January 19, 2019

Ruth Lorene Britzman of Jackson, Missouri, passed away at the age of 86 at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on January 19, 2019.

Ruth was born in Iowa to William “Homer” and Martha Stewart on November 3, 1932. The family then relocated to Missouri and she graduated from Ava, Missouri, High School in 1950.

She married Ernest E. Britzman on May 27, 1957 in Cabool, Missouri, and they relocated to Jackson in 1972 due to her husband’s employment with ABF Trucking.

Anyone that knew Ruth could tell you of her strong Christian faith. She attended First Assembly of God in Jackson and also New Life Fellowship in Cape Girardeau. Ruth loved camping, bluegrass festivals, gardening, crafts, singing gospel music, and playing her guitar. She was very involved with her children and grandchildren, serving as a member of the PTA and as room mother.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ernest E. Britzman; son, Robert “Bobby” E. Britzman; great-grandson, Christopher W. Britzman; and siblings, Tom, Leamon, Erple, Lowell and Helen Stewart.

Loving survivors include four children, Lola M. Shipp of Hayti, Missouri, Linda S.(Gordon) Valentine-Neal of Columbia, Kentucky, Mary A. Britzman of Jackson, Missouri, and William “Bill” A. (Denise) Britzman of Jasper, Indiana, and adopted granddaughter Amber E. Britzman of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Other grandchildren include Wendy (Dennis) Bartley, Mendy (Billy) Strange, Brandy (Kyle) Bruce, Garrett Senn, Greg (Lacie) Smith, Caleb Smith, Dalton Smith, and Chris E., Courtney, Matt, and Alex Britzman; ten great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 24, 2019, with services following at 11:00 a.m. at Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home in Cabool. Interment will be next to her husband and son at White Rock Cemetery in Bucyrus, Missouri. Online condolences may be made at