Ruth Louise Donovan, loving wife, mother, grandmother

October 3, 2017

Ruth Louise Donovan, 73, of Lincoln, passed away peacefully at home Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.

She was born in Wilmington, daughter of the late John and Ruth (Tarbutton) Shanholtzer. Ruth worked in the housekeeping department for Genesis Healthcare at Milford Center for many years.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a great-grandson, Tyler Hicks; and five siblings.

She is survived by her husband of 20 years, Randall B. Donovan III; four children, Frederick Simpson, Shirley Kee, David Simpson (Karen) and Richard Simpson (Lee); 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

A funeral service will be held at noon, Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the chapel of Berry-Short Funeral Home, 119 NW Front St., Milford, with visitation after 11 a.m. Burial will be in Milford Community Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the funeral home to assist with funeral expenses.