Ruth Elizabeth Dygert
Ruth Elizabeth Dygert
  • March 28, 1923 - November 22, 2017
  • Midland, Texas

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Ruth Elizabeth Moore Dygert, 94, of Dallas, Texas, passed away on November 22, 2017.
Ruth was born in Plainview, Texas on March 28, 1923 to William Roy and Medina Moore. She graduated from Canyon High School and later attended West Texas State College in Canyon, Texas. Ruth was married to Kenneth Dygert on February 3, 1946 at the First Baptist Church in Amarillo, Texas. They were married for 42 wonderful years. Ruth worked as a secretary for Civil Service at Amarillo Army Airfield beginning in 1942, where she later met Kenneth. She became a teacher in the Midland Independent School District, teaching Special Education and Headstart Development. Ruth spent time entertaining, volunteering, and attending activities of her children and grandchildren.
A stranger to no one, she maintained strong relationships throughout her life in Raton, New Mexico, Midland, Texas, and Dallas, where she spent the remainder of her years. She was also actively involved in Midland Republican Women's Association, Christian Women's Fellowship activities, and many other volunteer charities. She enjoyed attending musicals and symphonies, watching movies immediately upon release, going on cruises, and watching Texas Tech and Dallas Cowboys football.
She had an insatiable zest for life, spending many years travelling the world, seeing places such as St. Petersburg, Russia, swimming with manta rays in the Cayman Islands, admiring the Sistine Chapel in Rome, even kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland at age 84 and riding the Coney Island roller coaster at age 89. She lived it all. Ruth's smile could brighten any room, and her motto "make every day count" was evident in every delighted conversation she began. She was protective, loving, kind, compassionate, strong, and resilient. Ruth always maintained abiding love for her family and friends, always remembering their involvements and interests.
Ruth is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; her parents; her brother, Billy Moore; her sister, Pauline Meyers; her son, Randal E. Dygert; and granddaughter, Katherine R. Wheeler Yocam.
Ruth is survived by her daughters, Ilona Wheeler and husband Ed of Vega, Texas and Dlana (Dee) Sanders and husband Mickey of Borger, Texas; her grandchildren, Dr. Clayton Wheeler and wife Treasa of Orono, Maine, Sarah Sanders of Borger, Texas, Samantha Flores and husband Jerry of Dallas, and Gene Yocam of Kim, Colorado. In addition, she is survived by her great-grandchildren, Lauren, Shelby, and Mickala Wheeler, Amanda Hare, and Lance and Rex Yocam; and two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Wilma Sipes of College Station, Texas, her son-in-law, Dee Swope of Dallas; her sister-in-law, Annie Moore of Colorado Springs, Colorado; her niece, Myrna Thompkins of Amarillo; and other nephews, nieces, family members, and friends.
Visitation will be held at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Ellis Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Parkland Foundation at
The family of Ruth Elizabeth Dygert is extremely grateful to her devoted friends in Dallas who supported her through her illness and wish to thank the many attendants, nurses, and staff members who loved and cared for her at Belmont Senior Living Village, in Dallas, and Kindred Hospice.