Mrs. Opal Annetta Buck Shoemaker, 84, of Altha, went home to be with the Lord and joined her husband on May 15, 2009, as a result of numerous health problems. Mrs. Shoemaker was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, on February 15, 1925. She graduated from Nyack College, Taylor University and Wayne State University in preparation for the ministry and a teaching career. In addition to being a pastor’s wife and church planter, she served as an elementary school teacher for 24 years in Taylor, MI. She was an avid supporter of Christian missionaries, both home and abroad, as well as a prayer warrior. She was survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Judson Shoemaker, who followed her to the Lord seven hours later.Survivors include two daughters, Ruth Barth and her husband, Jeffery, of Altha, FL, and Deborah McQuillar and her husband, Richard, of Midwest City, OK; one son, Nathan Shoemaker, and his wife, Pamela, of Westland, MI; adopted spiritual children, Dr. William Resinger and his wife, Edrea, of Palmer, AK; six grandchildren, Holly Sims and her husband, Zacc, of Tallahassee, Nicholas Barth and his wife, Amber, of Dublin, OH, Heidi Stone and her husband, Michael, of Clarksville, FL, Richard McQuillar and his wife, Laura, of Ft. Worth, TX, Christina Shoemaker of Garden City, MI, and Kyle Shoemaker of Westland, MI; three great-grandchildren, Heath Sims, LeAnna Durant, and Kathryn Barth.Funeral services were held in combination with her husband’s on May 19th at 3:00 p.m. (CT) in Blountstown at Peavy Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gene Hall, Rev. Timothy Hall, and Rev. Jim McIntosh officiating. Interment followed at New Shiloh Cemetery in Altha, FL. Donations may be made to the Altha First Baptist Church World Changers Fund, P.O. Box 205, Altha, FL 32421. All arrangements were under the direction of Marlon Peavy at Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown (ph. 850-674-2266).
Opal Annetta Buck Shoemaker
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