How does one describe the absolute lifeforce of a woman that was Betty Ruth Evans. A true Texas Steele Magnolia, Ruth was Born in Hearne in the summer of ‘32. She brought four beautiful children into this world and shared her life with her best friend, John Evans. Ruth delighted in her nightly phone chats with her special friends, visits with the Huckaby’s and Tates, as well as entertaining Melonie during weekly Wednesdays at the beauty shop. And whether Ruth was opening the Church’s Family Life Center for Deana and the girls, bookkeeping at Joyce’s florist shop, feeding hummingbirds, or selling her cows, Ruth knew her mind and had the rare courage to ensure you knew it too.
Ruth’s heart and soul was in providing a supportive and happy homelife for her family. Papa John could nary begin a storytelling session without Ruth encouraging him to pass the baton to her to ‘tell it the right way.’ And in the rare times John had to spend time away from his life’s love, he shared with everyone how much he missed her. Their exquisite friendship only increased your admiration for the depth of love Ruth had for those in her life.
Ruth was welcomed into God’s embrace by many who went before her including John, her children Greg and Johnna, grandson Bradley, sister Dorothy Jean Robertson, sister-in-law Martha Reynolds, and Ruth’s parents, Tommy and Zelma Reynolds.
Those left behind to feel her absence and celebrate her life are her daughters, Quinda Bennett and Dowana Bates (Mike); bonus children Bernie and Linda Huckaby; grandchildren Brandi Bennett (Danny) and her daughter Bailee; Brian Bennett (Casey) and their daughter Emily; Christie Bates (JW); granddaughter-in-law, Lanice (Bradley); and Troy (Sandy) Roensch, sons Jackson and Kaldon. Ruth will be deeply missed by her brother and dear friend, Tommy Reynolds, Jr. (Darlene), her church family, the Hearne community, and anyone blessed to share part of their journey with this precious woman.
The family is filled with gratitude for the kind and compassionate staff of Hospice Brazos Valley and St. Joseph’s Manor as they walked alongside Ruth and the family in the final steps of Ruth’s earthly journey.
Ruth’s well-lived life will be honored Monday, September 18, 2023 at the First Baptist Church of Hearne, 105 W. Davis St. Visitation will occur at the church from 1:00-2:00 pm directly followed by her Celebration of Life Service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be provided to the First Baptist Church of Hearne in memory of Ruth.