Ella Ruth Parker, age 82, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, November 24, 2010.
Ruth was a resident of Llano Care Inn where she passed away. Ruth was born on January 28, 1928, in Mason, Texas, to Ben and Mattie (Crouch) Cavness. Ruth married the love of her life, Raymond Parker, on April 15, 1946, in Abilene, Texas. Raymond passed away on April 29, 2010, and they had just celebrated sixty-four years of marriage. Raymond and Ruth were blessed with two sons Jerry and Gary Ray (Garay) Parker and one daughter Connie Webster.
Ruth had unbelievable strength and courage. Raymond and Ruth worked hard to get through two tragedies in their lives. In 1970 their son Gary was killed in a car wreck while traveling home from college in San Angelo. Later, in 1979 their son Jerry, his wife Kristi (Zesch) Parker, and their son Jeremy Jay were killed in a wreck traveling home from Fredericksburg.
Ruth and Raymond had a "True Love" marriage. They were inseparable. They both enjoyed the companionship of one another. They had the utmost respect for each other. On their headstone, which they designed themselves, it states "True Love".
When Ruth was a teenager she worked for Anna McMillan for a few years. She also worked at Grimsley’s Five and Dime Store. She worked part-time at the Mason Veterinary Hospital for the late Victor Kothmann. Ruth worked along beside her husband for years running their business Hi-Way Garage and then later Carquest Auto Parts. Her best job was being a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. Her grandkids were her treasures. She was known as "Nana" to them.
Ruth’s hobbies were knitting, crocheting beautiful afghans, playing 42, fishing, varmint hunting and going to the Llano and Mason Opera. She loved country music. Ruth enjoyed going to their places in Mason and Menard Counties. Ruth was an avid fisherman. She enjoyed going to their place at Mas-O-Llan fishing and riding in the dune buggy along the banks of the river with her husband and grandkids.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents Ben and Mattie Cavness, her husband Raymond Parker and sons Gary Ray Parker and Jerry and his wife Kristi Parker and one grandson Jeremy Jay Parker, one brother, Jessie Cavness and one sister, Mildred Gardner. She is survived by her daughter Connie and son-in-law T. J. Webster of Pontotoc, one grandson Jody Ray Webster from Pontotoc and one granddaughter Jennie Jay and husband Jim Bob Armes of Fredonia, brothers Dorman and wife Delores Cavness of Mason, Ben Jr. Cavness of Junction, and one sister Doris and husband Craig Varga of Mason. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and one special little six year old friend, Cade Whitson of Llano. Ruth is also survived by one life-time friend, Helen Sanders of Midland, Texas.
Visitation with the family was on Saturday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mason Funeral Home. Funeral services were held on Sunday, November 28, at 2:00 p.m. in the Mason Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Chad Barnet officiating. Interment followed in Gooch Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Scott McMillan, Rolly Lumpkins, Jeff Cavness, Jason Cavness, John Cavness, Tommy Durst, Jerry Crouch and Jorge Contreras. Honorary pallbearers were Vernon Parker, Dave Blevins, Marvin Sanders, Jack Crouch, Marvin Crouch, Anthony Varga, Jonathan Varga, Sonny Durst, Charlie Kramer, Wibby Shearer, J. W. Haines and Jordan Zesch.