SANTEE -- Esther Ruth Shuler, 76, wife of Harry Shingler Shuler Jr., died on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

Mrs. Shuler was born July 14, 1941. She was the daughter of the late Jesse Allen Shuler and Alberta Bair Shuler. She was first and foremost a wonderful wife and mother. She and her husband enjoyed traveling around the world. Mrs. Shuler was the retired owner and operator of Elloree Department Store and helped her husband operate H.S. Oil Company Inc. and S.C. Oil Company DBA Santee General Store. She was a member of Jerusalem UMC, where she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir.

Mrs. Shuler was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Shingler Shuler Jr.; parents, Jesse and Alberta Shuler; brothers, Allen Shuler, Paul Shuler (Pat), and Edward Shuler (Joyce); and her sister, Virginia Bailey (Bill).

Surviving are Mrs. Shuler's three children, Marian Goforth (Dal) of Blackville, Inger Walker (Nelson) of Manning and Ed Shuler (Shirley) of Santee; and five grandchildren, Amanda Crosby, Corie Goforth, Edward Shuler (Beth), Alexandria Walker Schaffer (Jeff) and Charlie Walker.

The family would like to extend a very special thanks to friend and caregiver Deb Cila.

Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at Jerusalem UMC, with Pastor Hope Avins officiating. The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. before funeral services begin. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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Pallbearers will be Charlie Walker, Edward Shuler, Jeff Schaffer, Calvin Strock, Jason Strock and Brian Hooks.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Jerusalem UMC, P.O. Box 366, Elloree, SC 29047.

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