OBITUARY

Vivian Beights

August 2, 1929April 11, 2019
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Vivian Ruddick Beights, 89, Colorado City, passed away peacefully at the Mitchell County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on April 11, 2019. She was born in the Buford Community of Mitchell County on August 2, 1929 to Jewrystone Perry Smith and Julia Elizabeth Birmingham Smith. Vivian was a strong woman shrouded in kindness and the grace of God. From a young age she knew that she was here to show unending love to God and her family. Vivian grew up on a cotton farm where she learned what hard work and the love of family meant. She also learned to care for animals, of which she had a special friend in a donkey named Jack. When Vivian was 15 and the war was in full bloom she had the responsibility of driving her father to work at the cotton compress as well as running errands for the family. This deep love and commitment for family extended throughout her whole life, as her family would decline in health, whether it was her parents, her aunts, or a husband she was there by their side giving them comfort and compassion in their final days. Vivian was a graduate of Colorado High Class of 1947. After school she held many jobs, she was a school-bus driver, a police dispatcher, a care taker and the executive director for the Colorado City Housing Authority for many years. Vivian held a special love for God and her church family at Oak Street Baptist Church of which she was a life member. At a young age she became a committed Christian Woman. She started sharing her love of Christ at the age of 17 teaching Sunday School Class to other teenagers. Vivian also enjoyed being a hostess to others as she was very outgoing and loved people, and people loved her, they would come to visit and the next thing they knew they had a wonderful meal for their conversations. Her kindness and compassion will be remembered by many in the area. She is survived by her son Terry Keith Ruddick of Colorado City, her daughter Donna Kaye Hill of Paducah Kentucky, by her grandchildren; Tiffany Ruddick of McKinney, Wayne Ruddick of Bay City, Kelley Aldridge of Clinton Kentucky, SSgt Cody Hill of Fort Campbell Kentucky, Wendy Neptune of Italy, Allyson Ruddick of Frisco Texas, Katie Byassee of Arlington Kentucky, and Rainne Ruddick of Colorado City, as well as by 9 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, by her 1st husband Everett Lee Ruddick, by her second husband Albert “Junior” Beights, by a son Perry Lee Ruddick, by a granddaughter Stephanie Elaine Ruddick, and by her siblings Carroll Smith, Forrest Smith, Alvin Smith, Loyd Smith, Cecil Smith, Opal Alexander, Hazel Smith, and Velma Smith. A funeral service for Vivian will be held on Tuesday, April 16th at 2pm at the Oak Street Baptist Church, burial will follow in the Colorado City Cemetery. The family will be present for a visitation on Monday, April 15th from 6-8 pm at Kiker Seale Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers please consider memorial contributions in her memory to the Oak Street Baptist Church of Colorado City or to Houses for Healing in Abilene www.housesforhealing.com Those wishing may share a memory by visiting www.kikerseale.com

Services

  • Visitation Monday, April 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 16, 2019
REMEMBERING

Vivian Beights

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Tana Leach

April 15, 2019

Such a great lady. I was introduced to Vivan almost 13 years ago and we became instant friends. We had special times and visits. Loved her easy laughter, and many stories . What a blessing she was in my life. Will miss her, but without a doubt, will see her again some day .

Love to all the Ruddick family,

Tana & Morris Leach

Julie Kuzin

April 15, 2019

I met Grandma Viv when my dearest friend, her grand daughter, Tiffany brought her to my house for a visit one evening. I have never met a more gracious and loving woman. Her gentleness never left me, I still consider the lovely evening and coffee cake that we shared, and treasure that memory. Her kindness is unmatched on earth. I know she will be dearly missed, so thankful I was able to meet her. 💗

Donna Lowrance

April 14, 2019

Vivian was a very special lady in my heart. She set a fine example to all in her Sunday School classes. She was always full of joy and love. She is a rose that will forever bloom in the Master’s bouquet. May God bless the Ruddick family.

Cecil and Jimmie Smith

April 14, 2019

April 14, 2019
Dear Donna, Keith, and Family,
Please accept our sincere sympathy on the passing of your beloved Mother and Grandmother, Vivian Beights. Our hearts and prayers go out to each of you.
It was easy to love Aunt Vivian. She made a powerful, positive, Christian difference in our lives as well as all the lives of those she touched. She was smart, pretty, kind, loving, and generous. God has welcomed Aunt Vivian home. She lives forever in the center of each of our hearts.
Love and blessings,
Cecil, Jim, Cecil Jr, and Melanie

pat walls

April 13, 2019

This woman had the kindness voice I have ever heard. She was my sunday school teacher that I will neverforget. A lovely Christian lady that I try to live up to. Pat Walls Paris TX

Vicki Ramage

April 13, 2019

Vivian was such a beautiful inside and out. First met her and she was offering me a chicken leg. We had wonderful church youth trips with Lee and Vivian she would always go as the cook. Such precious memories. Her Sunday School class from Oak Street will be waiting with open arms and ready to play a game of Skip-bo. Prayers for all of you.

Leada Wood

April 13, 2019

Vivian was such a sweet person, always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. She and my mom shared lots of good times and laughter. I enjoyed knowing her growing up and all through the years. She will be missed. I know there is lots of rejoicing in heaven right now with all the Oak Street ladies! May God give you his peace and comfort during these difficult days .

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