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“Ruth Ann, Your mother was our Girls Auxillary teacher, and she did a masterful job. How she had the patience to tolerate us is beyond my...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Judy (Whitt) Arthurs - Houston, VA

“Deep sympathy to all .. I vividly and fondly remember both your mom and dad. If I can get out to College Mound in the near future, I'll surely go by...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Curtis Rushing - Terrell, TX

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the Rutledge girls in the loss of your mother. You will never know how much Mrs. Rutledge impacted my life as a...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Carol Springer Chambers - Spring, TX

“Dear Diane, I am late in receiving this sad news and sorely regret having missed you and your family in Terrell. When we were kids, visiting you at...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Lisa Hamm King - Terrell, TX

“My Grandmother Maurine Valentine worked for her for many years. When I was a child, I would go there to the soda fountain an Mrs Rutledge was always...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Lynn Baker - TX


Ruth Rutledge, a respected former Terrell citizen and businesswoman, died at her residence at Boulder Manor in Boulder, Colorado on September 10, 2009. Her death followed a gradual decline in health over the years, and then a brief illness.
Ruth Rutledge was born in Elmo, Texas, on Dec. 7, 1921, the youngest child of Virginia Hortense Echols Mathews and Jerry Cleveland Mathews. Her father was a traveling preacher who, while supporting a large family, also worked as a salesman and farmer, mostly in Central and East Texas.
When Ruth was 16 years old, she won a scholarship from her church to Mary Hardin Baylor University in Belton where she studied Journalism. Later, she transferred to the University of Texas in Austin where she met and fell in love with Harold K. Rutledge (H.K.) who was studying to be a pharmacist. They married and moved to Kaufman. During the later years of World War II, she commuted with other young women to Arlington to work in an airplane factory while he served in the U.S. Navy in San Diego, Calif.
Later they moved to Jacksonville, then to Terrell where Mr. Rutledge purchased Bass Drug Co. and opened Rutledge Drug Co. (formerly Whites) and served as one of Terrells premier pharmacists for the better part of four decades.
Mrs. Rutledge worked as the drug stores bookkeeper in the early years, but had even bigger tasks cut out for her at home. Raising five children, she took an active part in their endeavors. She served as Girls Auxiliary (G.A.s) leader at First Baptist church, cooked dinners for youth choirs, led Girl Scout troops, took care of the Girl Scout Little House, and aided the Baptist area missionary for a time as his secretary.
Most nights she prepared two suppers - one for the children and herself, then a late one for her husband. She had a strong work ethic, a result of being raised by hard-working parents in the depression era.
When her nest began to thin, she accepted the position of church librarian for First Baptist Church. She had a passion for reading and spent countless hours ordering and organizing quality books to enrich the lives of the church members.
In order to refresh her writing skills, she enrolled in community college, and then began contributing stories, vignettes, and columns to the Terrell Tribune. Her other civic involvements include participating in the Pilot Club and working 12-hour shifts at the polls on election days.
Current Terrell residents will remember Mrs. Rutledge best as founder of Hometown Health Foods. Prompted by her sisters interest in the new health food trend she opened the store as a sole proprietor and ran it with the aid of only one or two employees for twelve years. She offered a wealth of health food knowledge to her customers, family and friends.
She is survived by four daughters: RuthAnn Ridley of Colorado Springs, Lynda Rutledge Stephenson of Wimberly, Texas, Cyndi Rutledge of Boulder, Colorado, and Diane Rutledge Hazel of Bulverde, Texas; seven grandchildren: David Kendrick Ridley, Robin Hope Ridley, Stephen Eric Ridley, Marilee Diane Hazel, Tyler Kendrick Hazel, Joshua Seth Drake and Ethan Cord Drake; two sisters-in-law: Ann Rutledge, Hellen Rutledge; and two great-grandchildren: Audrey Brown and Desmond Graham.
Preceding her in death are her husband, Harold Kendrick Rutledge Sr., who died in their home in 1986 after a long illness; and her son, Rick Rutledge, who was killed in a car accident near Terrell in 1965.
The Family will be accepting Friends on Thursday, September 17 from 5:00PM to 7:00P.M. at Anderson Clayton Funeral Home in Terrell. A graveside memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, September 18, at College Mound Cemetery. Everyone is invited to take part in this homage to her life.