Opal Ruth Eckert was born July 17, 1926 in Rochelle, TX and remained 18 years old until she went to be with her Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ on July 12, 2013, in Fredericksburg, Texas.
She is preceded in death by her ex-husband, Tom Haley, and her second husband, Marvin Eckert, Sr. She is preceded in death by parents Orvel Lee and Cynthia Ann Cottle, brothers Leron Cottle, Sherman Cottle, Elmer Cottle, Henry Cottle and Rolan Cottle and sisters Willie Claude Cottle, Gladys Cottle, Mae Belle Jackson, and Audrey Childers. She is preceded in death by children Michael Haley, Thomas Haley, Buddy Eckert and Laverne Davis and grandchildren Larry Davis and Red Davis.
She is survived by her brother Paul Ray Cottle. She is survived by children Cynthia Gipson, Vicki Ritter, Richard Haley, Donald Eckert, Joan Low and grandchildren Laurie Craig, Gordon Gipson, John Gipson, Brian Haley, Shane Haley, Jeff Haley, Crystal Haley, Jana Ritter, Melissa Ritter, Jeremy Traynor, Adam Haley, Lucas Haley, Courtney Eckert, Jase Eckert, Lynn Davis, Billy Davis, Mike Davis, Justin Low, Casey Low, Kimberly Hughes, Ashley Phillips, Jody Eckert, Julie Eckert and numerous great grandchildren. She is also survived by her best friend, Gayle Bartlett.
Ruth grew up in Rochelle and graduated from Rochelle High School. She worked at Curtis Field in Brady Texas during World War II. She never met a stranger, knew how to wash your mouth out with soap and have you cut your own switch. Her favorite color was baby blue. She would always say “luv ya” and give you a big hug, no matter if she knew you or not. She would not let you leave the house on an empty stomach.
She spent many hours gardening which provided many fruits and vegetables for the family, and she raised chickens and developed a love for chocolate in her later years. She helped promote Waylon Jennings in his early career and used her father’s inheritance to help Waylon record his first record. She was a licensed radio announcer. She was active with the Mason EMS and ran the Auction Barn Café until she opened the Stage Stop Restaurant with Marvin Eckert, Sr.
She loved animals and garage sales and managed rental properties. She was loved dearly by her family and community.
Memorials in her honor may be made to Second Chance Animal Rescue.
Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at masonfuneralhome.net
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.