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Ruth became a secretary at the Paris Junior College Nursing program following the death of her husband in 1978 and retired in the late eighties.
She is survived by: her daughter, Sherry Riggs of Paris, Texas who taught kindergarten for 34-years at the Paris Independent School District; her son Robert Riggs who is a former television news correspondent and now Internet consultant in Dallas; her daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Arnold Riggs who teaches theatre arts at the Shelton School of Dallas; her grandson Patrick Riggs of Midland, Texas; and her granddaughter Katharine Riggs of London, England.
The 90-year old Texas native was born in McKinney, Texas on May 19, 1924 to parents of Virginia and Earnest Boyd. She graduated high school from what was then known as Buckner Orphan’s Home where her father was employed as the institution’s building superintendant.
Ruth married Stanley Riggs in Dallas, Texas on May 23, 1943. Afterwards they lived at Camp Crowder, Missouri where Stanley was a Tech Sergeant in Company B, 33rd Signal Corps Training Brigade. Later during World War II, Ruth resided in Dallas where she worked for a wholesale diamond trader while Stanley was deployed to the Pacific.
After the war, Stanley became a watchmaker in Hugo, Oklahoma where he was born. In 1950, they opened a jewelry store at Margraves Drug Store located at 777 Bonham Street where it operated for twenty-seven years.
They were members of First Baptist Church of Paris, Texas.
Ruth was an avid bowler for thirty years and served as league secretary at Paris Lanes.
She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and Stanley was a 33rd Degree Mason and member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.
The family respectfully suggests that in lieu of flowers, contributions should be made in Ruth’s memory to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas. Online donations can be directed to TSRHC.org.
Ruth’s family also extends its warm thanks to her loving care-givers that assisted during her many years with Alzheimer’s disease: Tanya Johnson and Jo Johnson.
And we offer a special thank you to the nurses at Platinum Home Health, Becki Norment, as well as the staff and residents of Colonial Retirement Center.
Family visitation will be held at 10AM on Tuesday, June 24th at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home. The service will follow at 10:30 AM.
Sean Lynn Pruett 45, of Paris, formerly of Hiram, Georgia. Died Sunday, June 22, 2014 at Brentwood Terrace Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Natural Dam, Arkansas. Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of cremation arrangements.
Sean was born August 9, 1968 in Tulsa, Oklahoma the son of Hobert L. and DiAnne Gresham Pruett. He was a graduate of Paris High School and was employed as a forklift operator.
He is survived by two children, Dustin Lynn Pruett of Okinawa and Jordan Brett Pruett of Kansas City, Kansas; his mother, DiAnne Pruett of Paris; a brother, Christopher Pruett of Paris; two sisters, Peyton McMonigle of Paris and Ashlea McKinnis of Denton; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his biological mother, Joyce Pruett Swafford; his father, Hobert Pruett; grandparents, Clifford Lynn and Jewell Deffenbaugh, Joseph and Imogene Gresham, and Hobert L. Pruett Sr.
Online condolences may be made to the Pruett family by visiting www.fry-gibbs.com.