Ruth Howe Slovak
Ruth Howe Slovak
  • March 11, 1925 - April 10, 2017
  • Maumelle, Arkansas

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Mrs. Ruth Howe Slovak, 92, a long-time resident of Pasadena, Texas, passed away in her sleep in Maumelle, Arkansas on Monday, April 10, 2017. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Louis, and son, David. She also joins her siblings: W.D. Howe, Henry Howe, Charles Howe Jr., Mary Howe, Irene Howe Gately, Maggie Howe Scroggin, and her parents. She is survived by her nieces and nephews: Judy and Linda Howe, Sharon Mase, Rosemary Martin and Rosemary Wilson of Arkansas, Ruth Smith and Charles Lewis of Missouri, Bob and Barbara Scroggin of Florida, and her devoted great-niece Mary Jane Martin of Arkansas. She also leaves behind a multitude of great and great-great nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by her relatives, her many friends, and by her wonderful neighbors.

Ruth was born March 11, 1925 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Charles W. and Mary Flair Howe. She graduated from Little Rock Central High School and worked in the Arkansas State Legislature while attending school, honing her secretarial skills. After living in Florida and California, she settled in Pasadena, where she later met and married the love of her life, Louis Slovak.

She worked as the secretary to the president of the Pasadena State Bank, then was asked to help open the San Jacinto State Bank, where she stayed for a number of years as secretary to the president. She was the first female junior bank officer in Pasadena. Her experience in banking and securing real estate loans helped her decide to try real estate as a career. She secured her broker’s license and co-partnered Cardinal Real Estate. She chose the name Cardinal because it preceded Century 21 in the phone book! It didn’t save her from receiving many Cardinal-themed gifts over the years.

Always very civic-minded, she was one of 29 charter members of the Pasadena branch of the Soroptomists, an international women’s service club. By the club’s 25th anniversary, she was the only continuously serving member. She was very involved in the club’s projects to benefit the community, serving as an officer many times, from its inception in 1956 until 2016.

She received many awards for her good works, having two different mayors proclaim “Ruth Slovak Day,’ in 1982 and 2001, recognizing her for her integrity, loyalty, dedication, service to the community and leadership. She was also recognized by the Soroptomist District that included Texas, Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma. In 2006, the Federation of Houston Professional Women and the FHPW Educational Foundation honored her as a “Woman of Excellence” for her many years of contributions to her community.

She was an ardent supporter of the Salvation Army, and requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Salvation Army, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, calling 713-869-3551 for a pickup or by sending donations to them at 2732 Cherrybrook Lane, Pasadena, TX, 77502.

Her celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 17, 2017 at Pasadena Funeral Home, 2203 Pasadena Blvd, Pasadena TX, 77502, with burial immediately following at Grand View Memorial Park and Bethany Cemetery, Pasadena, TX. She will also be celebrated with a ceremonial gathering from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Griffin Leggett Healey and Roth Funeral Home, 5800 W. 12th Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204.