LaRue Marjorie Shadle Pittman, 88, of Amarillo died Wednesday, July 3, 2013.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013, at St. Paul United Methodist Church with the Rev. Perry Hunsaker, minister of congregational care officiating. Burial will be at 1 p.m. at Citizens Cemetery in Clarendon. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
LaRue was born on March 27, 1925, in Wise County to Thomas Marvin Shadle and Louise Koeninger Shadle. As an infant, she moved to Donley County with her parents. She graduated from Clarendon High School with the class of 1942 and from Clarendon College in 1944. She attended Texas Womens University and graduated from West Texas A&M University.
She married Robert Ray Pittman on June 30, 1946, in Clarendon. She had been a member of First United Methodist Church of Clarendon, Polk Street United Methodist Church and Pleasant Valley United Church, where she taught Sunday school for 20 years and served in several capacities with the official board. She later became a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.
LaRue taught school at Hedley High School from 1944 to 1945 and at Skellytown Grade School from 1945 to 1946. She was employed by Upshaw Insurance Agency, Realty Company and Investment Corp. from 1946 to 1966. She was employed by Amarillo College in 1966 and retired as accounting supervisor in 1987.
LaRue always said her greatest accomplishments in life were the friends she made.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Marvin Shadle, on Aug. 11, 1968; her father on Aug. 3, 1988; her husband on June 17, 2005; and her mother on Dec. 31, 2005.
Survivors include two nephews, James Dennis Shadle and wife Susie and Joe Neal Shadle and wife Raenell, all of Clarendon; two nieces Cheryl Shadle Anderson and husband Randy of Canyon and Barbara Shadle Williams and her husband Roy of Clarendon; 12 great-nieces and great-nephews; 31 great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; a great-great-great-niece; a sister-in-law, Cherrye Shadle Howard of Clarendon; a brother-in-law, Billy Mae Pittman and wife Ruth of Amarillo; two nephews-in-law; seven nieces-in-law; and a number of friends who were very dear to her. Also survived by Alice Harrison and husband Edward, Verna Moore and husband Robert and Jeannie Lucas and husband Roger, all of Amarillo, Sue Keesee of Barstow, Calif., Mary Alice Bucher and husband Chuck of Houston, Nelda Wilks and husband Ronnie of Lubbock and Kathy Lott and husband Jerry of Pearl City, Ill., two nephews, Charles Lee Wood and wife Patti of Green Valley, Ariz., and Gene Wood and wife Carolyn of Holly Lake Ranch.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials be to the LaRue S. Pittman Scholarship Fund, in care of Amarillo College Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 447, Amarillo, TX 79178; Citizens Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 983, Clarendon, TX 79226; St. Paul United Methodist Church, 4317 Interstate 40 West, Amarillo, TX 79106; or a favorite charity.