Esther Ruth or Ruth Esther Gass, daughter of Harriet “Hattie” Ann Logan (Williams) Gass and Samuel “Sam” Gass, was born 19 August 1896 near Oakdale, Washington County, Illinos. She married Jesse Elmer Shook 25 December 1919 in Marissa, St. Clair County, Illinois. Ruth died 25 February 1977 in Sparta, Randolph County, Illinois. Jesse died 1 February 1981 in Sparta. Their shared tombstone is in Tilden Cemetery, Tilden, Randolph County, Illinois.