Bobbie Nell Ragsdale
Bobbie Nell Ragsdale
  • June 15, 1917 - December 9, 2017
  • Hamilton, Texas

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December 9, 2017 marked the passing of longtime Hamiltonian, Bobbie Nell Ragsdale. She was 100 years, 177 days old.
She was born Bobbie Nell Stoker on June 15, 1917 in Hillsboro, Texas. The family was poor and moved around in that area of Texas called the "Oil Patch". Her favorite recollections of that period were being baptized in the Pecos River and clerking at J.C. Penny and Montgomery Ward.
While working as a telephone operator in Fort Stockton she caught the eye of a young lumber yard delivery man, Ray Ragsdale, and the couple wed in 1939.
Shortly after Pearl Harbor, Ray and his brothers went to the state of Washington to work in the Keiser ship Yards. Bobbie Nell, expecting their first child remained with family in Pecos.
After the arrival of Gary, she and some more family joined Ray. A second son, Scott arrived just in time to see the Ragsdale's return to Central Texas.
After a short stay in Bosque County, Ray assumed the county dealership for the Humble Oil & Refining Company in Hamilton Texas.
Bobbie Nell was a stay-at-home Mom but was extremely active in Church activities at Park Heights Church of Christ, a den mother for scouts, the art club, library, and creation of the Hamilton County Hospital. While being a candy striper, she often boasted that all she had to do was walk out her back door and help. The family home (303 N. Brown) is the present office for Hamilton's Hospital. This house was the only family home her daughter (Ruth) ever knew.
After the last kiddo left the nest, Bobbie Nell enrolled herself in the nursing program at Central Texas College, completed the program and graduated as a Registered Nurse; she not only had a full shift of work with the hospital, but often did extra hours because of her proximity.
Bobbie Nell is preceded in death by husband (Ray Ragsdale), sister (Helen Yancy), brother (Ross Stoker) and sister in law (Anne Stoker).She is survived by oldest son(Gary and wife Elnora), second son(Scott) and daughter (Ruth and husband Carter). Bobbie had two grandchildren, Bobbie Christina Ragsdale and Russell Kendrick and wife Josie. Russell and Josie produced three great grandchildren (Lauren, Mason and Olivia). Numerous nieces and nephews on both sides of the family exist.
Visitation will be held from 10:45 am until 11:30 am on Friday December 15, 2017 at Riley Funeral Home in Hamilton with Funeral Services following at 11:30am and internment will be in Walnut Springs, TX
The family would like to thank the personnel of Hamilton Healthcare who offered her joy, comfort and love for the last 16 years of her life.
Rather than flowers, she would have liked seeing people support the Park Heights Church of Christ and the Hamilton Public Library.