Estella Ruth Louder, 91, formerly of Fairfield, Illinois, died February 6, 2021, of COVID-19. Her son, Larry Louder, died February 4, 2021, also of COVID-19. Ruth was a stalwart member of the Fairfield, Illinois, Cumberland Presbyterian Church (North Central Presbytery) where she taught Sunday school for 70 years. She served as treasurer for the church for 25 years. She served as Cumberland Presbyterian Women as secretary in 1993-1994. Ruth was also mother to the Reverend Steve Louder and sister of former General Assembly Stated Clerk the Reverend Robert Rush. Ruth was born in Fairfield July 9, 1929, to Earl W. Rush and Florence Garrison Rush.
About Matthew Gore
Matthew H. Gore is a British journalist, historian, popular culturist, archivist, and educator residing in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the immediate past-president of the Society of Tennessee Archivists and is best known for his book The History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Kentucky to 1988 (2000). He has also published on a variety of topics as diverse as The Origin of Marvelman (a British superhero of the 1950s and 1960s), the relative scarcity of East German philatelics, and the biography of British pulp artist, Denis McLoughlin. He is employed by the Ministry Council of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at the Cumberland Presbyterian Center in Memphis, Tennessee, as editor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Magazine and as publications manager. He has been associated with both Western Kentucky University, which honored him with their James H. Poteet Award, and the University of Kentucky. He also serves as editor for all Boardman Books (Memphis, Tennessee) publications.
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