Ruth Ann Icenhauer
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Ruth Ann Icenhauer
  • June 2, 1930 - April 24, 2017
  • Austin, Texas

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Ruth Ann Icenhauer, formerly Ramirez, died on April 24, 2017.

She was 86 years old, born in Muncie, Indiana on June 2, 1930, to Allen Icenhauer and Mary Lavera Icenhauer (née George). She grew up during the Great Depression, the youngest of five children.

She is survived by her two sons, Gocha Allen Ramirez of Rio Grande City, and Robert Icenhauer-Ramirez and wife, Jennifer Poppe, of Austin. She is also survived by six grandchildren and their spouses, Robert's children, Michael Allen Icenhauer and Whitney Hamilton Icenhauer, and their son Harrison Robert Icenhauer, Katherine Icenhauer-Ramirez and Deanna Lichter and their daughter, Kianna Grace, and Elizabeth Icenhauer-Ramirez, and their mother, Linda Icenhauer-Ramirez; and Gocha Allen's children, Isaac Goodspirit Ramirez, Carolyn Ramirez-Jobson, and her daughters Genevieve and Charlotte, and Braeden Zaragoza Ramirez.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Zaragoza San Miguel Ramirez of Hebbronville, Texas, who died in 2005. She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Martha Jane Cartwright, Maribel Johnson, George Allen Icenhauer, and Emma Alice Mannes.

Her childhood was spent in Muncie, Indiana. She met her husband, who was in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, during a visit to her sister, Alice. She and Zaragoza married in May 1952, and returned to his hometown of Hebbronville, a small ranch town in South Texas. Ruth became a wonderful cook and homemaker but was beset by serious health problems throughout her life. Her long life was spent doting first on her sons and later on her grandchildren, whom she cherished above all others. Ruth's family cared deeply for her.

A Funeral Service will be held for Ruth at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home. Interment to immediately follow at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Memorial Park.

Honored to be serving as pallbearers are Michael Icenhauer, Deanna Lichter, Adam Mendoza, Ronald Meyerson, Gocha Allen Ramirez, and Isaac Ramirez.