OBITUARY

Ruth Ann Crider

March 10, 1941March 31, 2021
Play Tribute Movie

Ruth Ann Crider, 80 years of age and of Manchaca, Texas, passed away peacefully late afternoon Wednesday, March 31st, 2021. She was surrounded by a small group of loved ones, with an army of family and friends praying for her from near and afar.

Ruth was born to Albert and Dorothy Nixon in Richford, New York on March 10th, 1941 and was one of seven siblings. She moved to Austin, Texas in 1968, where she met the man who would become her husband of 47 years - the late Alfred Crider, Jr. She was a proud mother to eight children – daughter Korrina Jumper Mohle (Terry and the late Doug Jumper), son Steven Harris, daughter Rosa Hellman (David), Bonnie Sikes (Jon), Kelly Goss (David), Kim Stewart (Tim), Kevin “Tiger” Harris (Katrina), and Ronnie Harris - and three children by marriage – Mark Crider (Mary Jo), Martha Howard-Griffith (Gary) and the late Louis Crider. She became the matriarch of her family, with 22 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

As one may expect, family was everything for Ruth. She was everything to them as well. As a special tribute to the family’s matriarch, several family members wanted to share a favorite memory or trait of Ruth Crider:

- “I have two things that I always think of when I think of mom: 1) The numerous times we played phase 10 with mom and Alfred. So “Skip mom!” I’ll be ready to skip her again when we meet in heaven. 2) She would only eat fresh bread. She would not even eat it if it was one day old. Picky, picky!” – Daughter Rosa Hellman - “We lived around the block from mom for 17 years. Every Friday night we played 42 and mom was my partner. I’m sure the log of the winners is still in her China cabinet. She loved playing games but she was not good at Pictionary! Thank you mom for making me who I am. And mom - I’m better at 42 than Terry so you and I would still be the better team! Also, she hated wearing socks and shoes. I’m willing to bet that when you saw her it was without shoes!” – Daughter Korrina Jumper Mohle - “Where’s the spaghetti”? – Son in law David Hellman - “Mom was the Queen of all Moms!! Mom was THE MOM.” – Daughter Kim Stewart - “The ‘house of kids’ was on her doorbell for years.” – Son Steven Harris - “Mom and I had our twice a day chats for many years and our favorite sayings before we hung up “yup! (Alfred’s favorite word to use. We kept it going) Love you, and chat with you tomorrow!” I will always treasure these phone calls!” – Daughter Kelly Goss - “All meals were served as a family. Mom loved shopping for plants even though she had plenty. She missed her husband so much that she went and visited his grave twice a day every day without fail.” – Daughter Bonnie Sikes - “Favorite memory with grandma was sitting on the patio drinking coffee on rainy days.” – Grandson Patrik Hellman - “I loved goofing around and laughing with her – like the time we laughed hysterically because she made a pot of coffee but forgot to put the coffee pot under the drip!” – Granddaughter Sabrina Jordan - “She always sat on the front porch watching the world go and was so happy it wasn't her going by....” – Daughter in law Katrina Harris - “Sitting on the porch, joking how busy her street was.” – Granddaughter Kayla Chavez - “I miss her pretending to be sleeping on the front porch and listening to everyone’s conversation.” – Granddaughter Justine Hudgeons - “She is the only person that can make me smile in front of a camera with four words – ‘kiss the damn tree’.” – Grandson Chris Sikes - “Thanks for naming our favorite dog! Izzy Izzy Izzy” – Son in law David Goss - “My favorite memory of mom was when they had all kids in the living room watching Salems Lot and Mom screamed loudly on purpose to make everyone’s popcorn fly.” – Son Ronnie Harris - “I flung butter at her once while we were in the Tower of the Americas, making her feel like a kid in a food fight. She was very amused. And yes, I won.” – Grandson Matthew Hellman - “She was my second Mom, never just daddy’s wife, miss her so much. ” – Step-daughter Martha Howard-Griffith - “She was my shopping buddy! She would literally get mad if I went to Walmart without her haha” – Granddaughter Dorothy Aguilar - “I guess my fondest memory of mom was that I was able to get her ice cream before she went to bed every night, and every morning I would get up and make her coffee and leave her a note telling her to have a good day and that I love her, and she looked forward to getting those notes everyday.” – Son Kevin “Tiger” Harris

Ruth’s favorite places were her front porch, Alfred’s gravesite and Walmart. While her family will miss her terribly, they are comforted to know she’s now in a rocking chair next to Alfred on heaven’s front porch. And maybe there’s a Walmart in heaven too.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Frank Jumper
  • Matthew Hellman
  • Wesley Goss
  • Mike Harris
  • Adam Harris
  • Cyrus Smith

Services

10 April

Graveside Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Live Oak Cemetery

10739-10799 Twin Creek Rd
Manchaca, TX 78652

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 9, 2021

Memories

Ruth Ann Crider

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
Donna Hoyt

April 9, 2021

She found a room at the Women’s Community Center in Ithaca. I was still a kid, I was so happy when she came home on weekends. Ruth would bring suprises that she bought with money she earned: ribbons, candy or novelties. One time she bought me crayolas. The 64 piece box had just come on the market.” – Sister Donna Hoyt. Donna also had fond members of spending time at their grandmother’s cottage together, climbing ropes and clinging to each other when their brothers set the other end on fire, cleaning at the church (and that one time they found a man sleeping under the pew) and a wild ride getting rid of deer meat.

Sharon Buchanan Small

April 7, 2021

“When cardinals appear,
Loved ones are near!”

Sharon Buchanan Small

April 7, 2021

Easter Blessings for all the many descendants of this blessed couple, now reunited in Heaven with Jesus our Lord. You are all in my heart and my prayers as I am with you in Spirit. Carry on your precious folk’s great legacy and grow in love, supporting and encouraging one another as you know will make them glad. Faithfully, Sharon

Sharon Buchanan Small

April 7, 2021

Remembering all the Kodak moments, of love and laughter and sunshine and roses. Claiming God’s best for the huge family of my beloved neighbor/sister/friend, dear Ruth. Faithfully, Sharon

Sharon Buchanan Small

April 7, 2021

I so wish I could be there in Texas for all of you, but the distance does not dim my love. Ruth has been my strongest connection to my mom and dad in Manchaca for so many years. Remembering many times of her coming off the porch and down the walk, barefooted regardless of the weather, as I brought her fresh eggs. Talking with her in the peace of Live Oak cemetery while visiting Mom and Dad and walking CurlySue. Sharing the sweet encouragement of redbirds, Cardinals, that my mom also collected. Delivering her chrysanthemums and poinsettias every fall and Christmas, even after moving to TN. Chatting and hugging over the fence while her furbabies guarded her with care. We really all just feel and act like close family. My dear sweet Ruth, has been like my extra sister, my favorite aunt, my mama substitute and so much more! I’m lifting her up and praying her right into the arms of Jesus, beside her precious Alfred, forever in heavenly peace. I can just see her beautiful smile now as she’s going home. All of you big old family just hold each other, and love each other and keep sharing the true love that your folks surrounded you all with, always including any other stray neighbors (like me) into the family circle without a blink. Now you will each have both of them guarding you with care. Claiming peace and comfort, strength and joy for you all in Jesus’ name. Sending love and light. Faithfully, Sharon Buchanan aka Shae Small

Lyn Hammer

April 6, 2021

Ruth,

You were such a wonderful neighbor and friend. I will always remember you happy and laughing with your family on the porch.

My deepest condolences to the family

Lynn and Jo Hammer

April 6, 2021

WHAT MOVES THROUGH US IS SILENCE, A QUIET SADNESS, A LONGING FOR ONE MORE DAY, ONE MORE WORD, ONE MORE TOUCH. WE MAY NOT UNDERSTAND WHY YOU LEFT THIS EARTH SO SOON, OR WHY YOU LEFT BEFORE WE WERE READY TO SAY GOOD BYE, BUT LITTLE BY LITTLE, WE MAY BEGIN TO REMEMBER, NOT THAT YOU DIED, BUT THAT YOU LIVED, AND THAT YOUR LIFE GAVE US MEMORIES TOO BEAUTIFUL TO FORGET.
WE LOST A LINK IN OUR CHAIN, BUT ONE DAY, WITH GOD'S HELP WE WILL COMPLETE THE CHAIN AGAIN, GOD BLESS US ALL.

Mark Crider

April 5, 2021

One of my fondest memories of mom just when she made lunch for the kids. We all sat around the table, she made the sandwiches, and threw them around the table! Of all that, she would never send kids home when it was lunchtime.

Another fun memory of mom is how she was always hold dad’s hand. It didn’t matter where she was or who was around, she always held his hand.

I will miss you and love you always, Mark

Dorothy Aguilar

April 5, 2021

Melinda Crider

April 5, 2021

Aunt Ruthie,

No matter happen in life, I will always love you just like I did Uncle Bubba! 🙏💜

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Christmas 2020

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

80th birthday

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY