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Ruby Louise Blair
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Birth: Mar. 16, 1924
Death: Jan. 6, 2000

Louise Blair, 75, a lifelong resident of Hico, died Jan. 6. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 15 at the First United Methodist Church in Hico with Rev. Glenda Whitehead officiating.

Born Ruby Louise Blair to Solomon Elbert and Abbie Wesley Burks Blair on March 16, 1924, in Hico, she attended Hico schools and graduated in 1941 and then went to John Tarleton Agricultural College.

During World War II, Miss Blair worked at Curtis Field in Brady and upon her return briefly attended Howard Payne College before beginning work in her father=s hardware store.

Through the years, she learned the hardware business working alongside her father. She acquired Blair's Hardware as full owner in the 60's. Miss Blair sold the business in 1996 for health reasons, however, it continues to operate as Blair's Hardware.

She was active in the community, devoting years of service to The American Cancer Society and The American Heart Association. In 1974, Miss Blair was the first woman to be elected to the Hico City Council where she served continuously until 1980 when she was elected Mayor Pro Tem in Hico.

She was the first woman in Hamilton County to serve on a jury, and the first woman in this area to serve as a pallbearer. She worked for many years to ensure the success of the Old Settlers' Reunion and received the Hico Citizen of the Year Award in 1982.

Other accomplishments she was proud of were the Hico Heliport that Miss Blair dedicated to her father and the Peppermint Square Park, which she joined with Glenn Ross in creating and maintaining for the benefit of Hico.

She was a member of the First Methodist Church of Hico and Eastern Star.

Her parents and two brothers, Morris Burks Blair and S. E. Blair, Jr. preceded her in death.

Survivors include two nieces, Ellen Blair of Austin and Catherine Blair of Washington, D. C.; her aunt, Ruby Malone of Brady; three cousins Mary Louise Laughlin of Giddings and RueAnn Harrington of Georgetown.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Howard, Jimmie Ramage, Tex Knudson, Harold Walker, Billy Ward, Floyd Drake, Bob Bates, Glenn Ross, Bruce Slaughter, Bill Rutledge, Larry Holderman, and Janie Holderman.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Methodist Church, P. O. Box 99, or Peppermint Square, c/o Glenn Ross, P. O.Box 38, both in Hico, 76457. 
Hico Cemetery
Hamilton County
Texas, USA
Created by: Ken Jones
Record added: May 02, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36633130
Ruby Louise Blair
Added by: Ken Jones
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