Ruth B. Humphrey was born in Harleton Texas to Jacob (Jake) Giles Blalock, Sr. and Annie Mae (Taylor) Blalock. She passed away on Tuesday, July 10 in the Crestview Retirement Community in Bryan Texas at the age of 89.
Ruth graduated as the Salutatorian of her class at Harleton High School and attended North Texas State College before she worked at the First National Bank of Marshall and the Marshall Mill and Elevator Company. After he returned from serving as an Infantry officer during the Korean War, she married Mabern David (Dave) Humphrey, Jr. on July 16, 1954 in Harleton, Texas.
During their 43 years of marriage, and Mabern’s 35-year career with the United States Department of Agriculture, they raised two children and lived in Oregon, New Mexico, North Carolina, Virginia and Missouri. In 1973, they finally returned to Texas and happily settled in Austin for many years before Mabern died on December 3, 1997. In 2006, after years as a proud Aggie Wife, Mother and Grandmother, Ruth moved to Bryan/College Station and continued to support her beloved Aggies.
Ruth was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt, who used her skills of sewing, crafting and cooking to delight and comfort those she loved. She was an active student of genealogy who traced her family lineage back to its European roots. She was an active member of the La Villita Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the L.S. Ross Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Robert Henry Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, where she served as their Historian. She was a member of First United Methodist Bryan and, as her health deteriorated, attended service and bible study at Arbor Oaks at Crestview. She was a member of the Texas Forestry Association and a proud pine tree farm owner.
She is survived by her children, Kay (Steve) Pontious of Katy and Conroe, Mark (Shelly) Humphrey of College Station; her 4th Generation Aggie grandchildren Rich (Christy) of Houston, Whitney (Brady) of Austin, Kristina (Jonathan) of The Woodlands and Lauren of College Station; her great grandchildren Nicole and McKenna; her brother Giles (Juanita) Blalock of Harleton as well as numerous nieces and nephews and a community of friends.
Ruth’s life will be celebrated with a graveside service at Center Cemetery in Harleton on Saturday, July 28, and a memorial service at The Chapel at Arbor Oaks in Bryan on Friday, August 3.
The family would like to thank the staff at Arbor Oaks, St. Joseph Medical Center, Crestview Skilled Nursing and Hospice Brazos Valley for their compassionate care during her last months.
Condolences may be expressed at www.callawayjones.com/ruth-humphrey. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ruth Blalock & Mabern David “Dave” Humphrey, Jr. ’50 Endowed Memorial Scholarship at The Association of Former Students at Texas A&M and to Hospice Brazos Valley in Bryan.Print This Obituary