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Helen Ruth Richards Mortimer
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Birth: Dec. 31, 1932
Milam County
Texas, USA
Death: Jul. 12, 2001
Milam County
Texas, USA


Helen Ruth Mortimer died Thursday at her home. She was born in Cameron and lived
in Minerva 28 years. She was a homemaker and was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist
Church. She was valedictorian of the Rockdale High School Class of 1949 and was
a member of the Milam County Heritage Society. She wrote a newspaper column
reporting the Minerva news for the Rockdale Reporter for many years. Survivors
include her husband, Fred W. Mortimer Sr. of Minerva; two sons, Rick Mortimer of
Houston and Mark Mortimer of Oakville, Conn.; a daughter, Karen Ann Bryan-Shaw
of Snook; her mother, Florence Richards of Minerva; a brother, Jerry Richards of
Rockdale; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The Bryan-College
Station Eagle, July 15, 2001.


I met my future husband, Fred W. Mortimer, at Newton Memorial Hospital in
Cameron where my mother worked in April of 1949 and he escorted me to my
graduation exercises when I gave my valedictory speech. He was a student in auto
mechanics on the GI Bill and I worked at the County Extension agents office,
both in Cameron. We were married 02 April 1950. President Truman ordered him
back on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps in November and he spent thirteen
months in Korea.

From September 1956 to May of 1973, we moved about every thirteen months as the
Marines transferred him and his family ~ Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California;
Midway Island; Hilo, Hawaii; Honolulu, Hawaii; Camp Pendleton; Okinawa
(unaccompanied); Beaufort, South Carolina; Jacksonville, Florida; Viet Nam; Camp
Pendleton; Viet Nam; and Barstow, California. By 1970, I also worked at the
civilian personnel office on the base in Barstow.

Returning to Texas in summer of 1973, and ready to build a permanent home, I got
a job at Newton Clinic / Hospital in February of 1974 and we moved into our new
home that July. I worked until 1980. When Dr. Newton died in June of 1982, I
worked for the executor of his Estate until 1990. Fred had his own repair shop
from 1974 to 1984. He worked for the U. S. Postal Service in Rockdale and
retired in 1990 when I did.

I am proudest of my contributions to publication of "Matchless Milam: A County
History" which came out in 1986. I have always loved history and documented from
the County Courthouse School Superintendent's Office the story of Minerva School
District #33. This and the history of Mt. Zion Baptist Church were published in
the Rockdale Reporter with pictures of various groups over the years.

Family links: 
  D.C. Duck Richards (1902 - 1980)
  Florence Ellen Richards (1906 - 2001)
  Fredrick William Mortimer (1928 - 2005)*
  D.C. Duck Richards (1902 - 1980)**
  Helen Ruth Richards Mortimer (1932 - 2001)
*Calculated relationship
Minerva-Midway Cemetery
Milam County
Texas, USA
Created by: Karen Neal Morey
Record added: Jan 25, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 47133712
Helen Ruth <i>Richards</i> Mortimer
Added by: Karen Neal Morey
Helen Ruth <i>Richards</i> Mortimer
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In memory of a member of the RHS Class of 1949
- BeNotForgot
 Added: May. 22, 2011

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