Ruth Alene (Pickering) Birdsell

January 30, 1949 ~ April 7, 2022 (age 73)


Ruth Alene Birdsell

Ruth Alene Birdsell passed away on Thursday, April 7, 2022 at OFS St. Anthony’s Health Center in Alton, IL. She was 73 years old.

Ruth was born in Alton, IL, on January 30,1949 to Clarence Allan Pickering and Nettie Mildred (Ruyle) Pickering. She attended Worden Schools and graduated in 1967. She married Gene Allen Birdsell on July 15,1978 at Mt. Olive Methodist Church. Ruth was a homemaker, an avid reader, and enjoyed bird watching. Some of her other favorite activities included visiting Branson, Missouri and vacationing in Florida, especially visiting Sea World. She was an animal lover. Ruth's greatest joy was spending time with her family. She was a member of the Southern Baptist Church in Staunton, IL. 

Ruth is survived by her husband, two sons: Rick Birdsell of Mt. Olive and Gene (Stacy)  Birdsell Jr. of Hamel, a daughter, Rebecca Birdsell of Mt. Olive, eight grandchildren: Lucas, Landon, Ella, Chelsea (Devin), Dylan (Elizabeth), Ethan, Bryce, and Lauren, seven great-grandchildren: Connor, Karter, Greyson, Phoebe, Vanessa, Olivia, and Mason, and a sister, Shirley May Cardwell.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Charlotte Pike.

Visitation will take place at Becker and Son Funeral Home in Mt. Olive on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The service will begin at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 11 a.m. officiated by Rev. Nancy Hubert. Burial will be at the Mt. Olive City Cemetery. Following the graveside service, friends are invited to lunch at the Mt. Olive Methodist Church Hall.

Mask are recommended but not required. 

Memorials are suggested to the Mt. Olive Academic Association, Mt. Olive Library, and Adopt-A-Pet in Benld.

Becker and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Anyone wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at

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April 12, 2022

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Becker & Son Funeral Home
221 S Poplar St
Mt. Olive, IL 62069

Funeral Service
April 13, 2022

11:00 AM
Becker & Son Funeral Home
221 S Poplar St
Mt. Olive, IL 62069

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