Mary Madeline Barksdale Rutledge

Mary Madeline (Sam) Barksdale Rutledge, of Roanoke, Va., went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 29, 2010, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Jesse F. Rutledge; son-in-law, Billy Shelor; and great-grandson, Ryan Shelor. Leaving behind to cherish her memory are her children, Pat R. Shelor, of Salem, Carole R. Brown and husband, Jim, of Sweetwater, Tenn., Jesse D. Rutledge, of Knoxville, Tenn., Bill Rutledge and wife, Vicki, Michael Rutledge and wife, Nancy, Terry Rutledge, Roger Rutledge and wife, Melissa, and Cary Rutledge, all of Roanoke; also 17 grandchildren; 30 greatgrandchildren; and 5 greatgreat-grandchildren. She loved her family. Nothing made her happier than to have a house full of children of all ages coming and going. She loved the out of doors, whether it be planting a garden, planting flowers or just neatening up nature. She had a passion for bowling and was inducted to the Roanoke Bowling Hall of Fame in 1992. She was one of the premier lady bowlers in the Roanoke Valley during the 1970’s and 1980’s. She remained active, bowling in two leagues until just before her passing. Memorials in her memory may be made to Ryan Shelor Fund, P.O. Box 1145, Salem, Va. 24153.


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