Ruth A. Sherman
February 7, 1928 – March 13, 2020
Ruth (Adams) Alford Sherman, age 92, passed away on March 13, 2020 at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale. She was born February 1928 in San Antonio, Texas to the late Herbert and Milla (Noster) Adams, and grew up in New Braunfels, Texas. Following her graduation from New Braunfels high school, Ruth attended Steven’s College in Columbia, Missouri where she met Robert Alford. They were married over 50 years and had two sons, Terry and David. While raising her children, Ruth earned a B.A. in English at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and taught English in Middle School for 10 years. After Ruth and Robert moved to San Antonio, she worked as a social worker with the State of Texas Department of Human Services. Ruth received a commendation as a member of the State Disaster Team after Hurricane Carla and later was awarded another commendation for performing CPR on a young drowning victim at a childcare center. Throughout much of her life, Ruth supported education scholarships and several charitable organizations. Ruth painted in the medium of watercolor and oil, and received an Artist of the Month Award. After Robert’s death in 2003, Ruth moved to Butterfield Trail Village in Fayetteville. She subsequently met and married retired Air Force Colonel Fred Sherman, and following his death married Dr. Richard Forsythe. She is survived by her two sons, David Alford of Green Valley, Arizona and Terry Alford of Gainesville, Florida; and extended family Madeline M. Motta and her son, Gabriel of Stowe, Vermont. The family would like to thank Ruth’s companions, Fara Ferguson and Janie Burks for their emotional support over the years. Donations on Ruth’s behalf may be made to your local animal shelter, the Girl Scouts of America or the Butterfield Trail Village Foundation. Arrangements are under the care of Rollins Funeral Home. Online condolences may be shared at, www.rollinsfuneral.com.
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Ruth A. Sherman
March 21, 2020
To Terry and David;
I am sorry for your loss. It is a lovely tribute to your Mom. I believe we all return to the Creator and God takes whatever stands between us and gently lifts it behind us. It is our choice, our last act of freewill, to hold onto what we did wrong or leave it behind and choose only Love. May your mother have eternal peace.
March 19, 2020
Ruth was a gracious, beautiful lady. We shared many special times. On one of our many outings, Fred Jr. and I took her for a ride out to War Eagle Mill. She loved being out and looking at the wonders of North West Arkansas! On our way back to Butterfield, she said, "You know, I wouldn't mind stopping by and getting an ice cream cone." That definitely put a smile on her face! She will be missed.