|Birth: ||Oct. 24, 1923|
|Death: ||May 12, 2011|
Ruth Glenn Blair, 87, of Saguache, Colo., died Thursday, May 12, 2011, in Saguache.
Ruth Glenn was born to A.J. and Mildred Glenn on October 24, 1923, in Walnut Springs, Texas. She was joined ten years later by a brother, Bill. Following graduation from high school in 1941, she and a close friend, Jean Dierks, moved to Ft. Worth where they completed Business College and began careers as Bookkeepers in war-time Ft. Worth. Ruth's parents made a decision to move to west Texas and farm and wanted Ruth to accompany them. She made the commitment to help them get settled but said "don't expect me to stay out there". Her view of west Texas changed appreciably after meeting a good looking young man named Joe Blair. When her Mother told her "not to lead that young man along and go back to Ft. Worth", she replied "what makes you think I'm going back" - and the rest was history. They were married in 1947 and children Jeannie, Steve, and Gary were born.
Ruth and Joe made a wonderful life farming near the communities of Farwell, Texas, and Texico, New Mexico. They pioneered many of the technologies now commonplace in irrigated farming, and drilled one of the first irrigation wells in that area. Ruth served as the Bookkeeper for their farming operation and took great pride in her work.
She was the consummate homemaker, and few residents of the two communities have not benefited from examples of her baked goods and dishes shared with those in need, as well as pot luck occasions. Their home and children were her delight and books and music her passion. Jeannie, Steve, and Gary were treated to great adventure and marvelous travel through the pages of afternoon stories and snack time. Her most treasured books and collection of music are enjoyed by grandchildren and great-grandchildren at story hour and vacation times.
Ruth and Joe loved camping trips to the mountains, and progressed from canvas tents and campfires to the first travel trailers and campfires to fulfilling their ultimate dream. They finally found that perfect spot three lots near Vallecito Lake, Colorado where they parked the travel trailer and began to accumulate bargains, leftovers, and building supplies for "the cabin". The cabin soon evolved into a vacation home that sheltered countless friends of their children, became a honeymoon site when the kids married, then a honeymoon destination for two grandchildren. It still serves as a treasured refuge for the family and is often filled with children, chaos and fun.
Ruth was a life-long member of the Church of Christ, and a learned Bible student. For many years she taught a women's Bible study and served as a Sunday School and vacation Bible school teacher. Her well-worn but re-covered Bible was a constant companion and gave joy as she read extensively each day. She shopped ahead in order to be prepared with the perfect card to send for celebratory occasions and to send love and prayer for those suffering illness or loss.
One of Ruth's many gifts was service as a caretaker to many family members. She graciously nursed parents, aunts, and her husband through extended illnesses and passing. As at last only she remained of the family in Farwell she elected to sell her home there and move to Saguache, Colorado. For almost four years her delight was in decorating the lovely new home she had built and supervising the landscaping in her beautiful yard.
Ruth and her father had enjoyed baseball for many years and had become dedicated Atlanta Braves fans. Upon her move to Colorado, Ruth discovered blue jeans, sweaters, and the Colorado Rockies! A new passion was born, she never missed a game on TV and attended a few games in Denver. She constantly was well posted and was familiar with each pitcher's style, and was able to tell you why she liked each one in particular.
She personified the term "lady" as can be attested by anyone who ever met her. Manners and etiquette were taught in her home as she led by example. Ruth's health failed during the past year but she remained the hostess of family holidays and dinners in a supervisory capacity. Her lovely dining room remained a source of joy and good food and she reveled in having family gather in her home.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, and her husband, Joe.
She is survived by children Mike and Jeannie Norris, Steve and Nancy Blair, Gary Blair; grandchildren, Joe (Jennifer) Norris, Kacy (Keith) Stillings, Cody Blair, Matt Blair; great-grandchildren, Jessie Ruth and Logan Stillings, Brayden Norris, Sayer Norris and "Troubles" her much-loved cat.
A Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 P.M. Sunday, May 15, 2011, at the Rogers Family Mortuary in Monte Vista. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, May 16, 2011, at 11:00 A.M. at the Monte Vista Church of Christ in Monte Vista, CO. Graveside Services will be held at the Sunset Terrace Memorial Cemetery in Farwell, TX, on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. CDT with Bill Clark, officiating. Graveside services are under the direction of Steed-Todd Funeral Home of Clovis, New Mexico.
Memorial Contributions are suggested to Hospice Del Valle, 514 Main St., Alamosa, CO 81101, or to the Monte Vista Central Church of Christ, 200 Franklin St., Monte Vista, CO 81144
Arrangements are under the direction of Rogers Family Mortuary of Monte Vista, Colorado and Steed-Todd Funeral Home of Clovis, New Mexico, 800 E. Manana Blvd., Clovis, NM, (575) 763-5541. You may also sign the online guestbook at www.steedtodd.com.
Joe F Blair (1916 - 1988)*
Sunset Terrace Memorial Cemetery
Created by: Kenneth D. Bogard
Record added: May 15, 2011
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