Ruth Youngblood of Austin, Texas, passed away peacefully on December 10, 2015 after enduring advanced dementia over the last several years.
Ruth was born in Alice, Texas on January 4, 1935. She was a top student, graduating from high school at the age of 16, and served as drum major for the Alice High School marching band.
After high school, Ruth attended the University of Texas at Austin. It was at the University of Texas that Ruth met her future husband, Joe Youngblood, who played football and baseball for the Longhorns. They were married on March 30, 1956. They were blessed with two children, Joe, Jr., and Richard.
After graduation, Ruth traveled with her husband during his season playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers farm team in Victoria, Texas, and then went on to teach high school English Literature in Robstown, Banquette, Aspermont and Hamlin.
In 1970, she and the family moved to Corpus Christi where she worked as a teacher in Gregory-Portland, and then as a librarian for the Corpus Christi Independent School District until her retirement in 1993. She and Joe moved to Horseshoe Bay in 1999 to be near her son and family in Austin.
Ruth leaves to treasure her memory her son, Joe, Jr. and her grandchildren Nicholas and Marisa, and her caregiver of many years, Clara. She was preceded in death by her son, Richard, and her husband, Joe, Sr.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., January 3, 2016 at the Wildflower Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Meals on Wheels, 3227 East 5th Street, Austin, Texas 78702.
"What an amazing woman! Beautiful, smart, irreverent, brimming with her very special brand of Texas charm. I could never get over how she always found a way to tell everyone how smart and beautiful they were! Especially her son and grandchildren, who hung the moon for her. Ruth left a lovely piece of herself everywhere she went. That smile! It warms my heart still. I will miss her always, and was blessed to have her as my mother-in-law."
Your mom was one of a kind and your touching tribute captures her wonderful spirit perfectly. She was lovely, funny, and charming - I mean who could resist someone who told you how beautiful you are every 10 minutes. Your devotion to her was a priviledge to witness and she treasured you. I am so sorry for your loss. Next time we catch up, I'll be sure to tell you how beautiful you are to keep her memory alive.
"Joe, I could not imagine a more beautiful tribute from son to mother.
My thoughts and prayers to your family."
"Joe, thank you for inviting me to see this wonderful tribute to your mother. I was so struck by her beautiful image in photograph number five. The resemblance to you is so strong. She raised a smart and caring son, so while I never met her, I know I would have liked her. You are in my thoughts at this time and I send you deepest condolences."
It was a privilege to have known you, always so sweet natured.. I know you're resting now in our Lord's arms. Warm wishes of peace go out to your loving family you leave behind. God's blessings to you all..
Arden Courts Program Services Assistant"
"Joe, thank you for including me in this memorial. I am sad that I never met your mom (or your dad), but I loved reading about her and seeing the photos of her through the years. What a beautiful woman she was. And judging from the caring, thoughtful, loyal son she raised, she must have been a remarkable person in other ways as well. Love and condolences - Gail"
"Joe, we are so sorry for your loss. I remember your sweet parents, just like we were back in our high school days. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Liz & Scotty Kucera"
"Joe, we are so very sorry for your loss. What a remarkable woman, and she raised an amazing son, who I am sure made her very happy and proud. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Nick, and Marisa during this difficult time. With much love, the Gavins"
"Joe, I am so sorry for your loss. I know you were a wonderful and caring son whom she loved very much! I'm thankful I had the opportunity to know your parents during your family's time here in Hamlin. I will certainly be praying for all of you during this time."
"Joe, I met both of your parents here in Horseshoe Bay long after they had retired, but being from Abilene myself gave us a great connection.
I love photo #5; your mom was so very beautiful! And I will always cherish that she honored me by asking me to assist with Joe, Sr.'s funeral. May God Bless and Comfort you in this sad time."
"I miss Ruthie very much every day I think of her. We traveled many miles, I have so many memories. She was my family, always sweet beautiful smile. She enjoyed singing, riding in the car, Dr Pepper, fries,sweets. She enjoyed attention from those who knew her. I enjoyed dressing her and I think she also liked it. Now she is my Angel I feel now she is watching over me. I miss and love you very much Ruthie. May Joe and family find Special Comfort in the Cherished memories they hold in their heart."
"I loved my Aunt Ruth so much! Sadly, that's the last of Sam and Belauh's children. My thoughts are with you, Joe."
"Ruth was a joy to know and we miss her. I grew up in Corpus Christi and went to school at Calallen and I used to share stories about Robstown, Alice and south Texas with Ruth.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and Clara."
"I wasn't privileged to have known Mrs. Youngblood, but I do know that her son Joe loved her dearly and took wonderful care of her even when her cloudy mind resisted. I'm sure Joe will miss those pleasanter drives they shared not so long ago."
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