OBITUARY

Mrs. Ruth Ann (Browning) Colbert

January 14, 1928June 22, 2020
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Born on January 14, 1928 to proud parents Luther and Arrie Browning, a baby girl, Ruth Ann. Ruth Ann Browning was the youngest of two daughters. Ruth and her older sister, Jewel, quickly became best friends. As adults, they remained best friends and talked on the phone several times a day until Jewel's passing in 2013. As one of the younger children in her generation, Ruth was given the nickname, "Baby Ruth". She loved being called Baby Ruth by her elders and other family members. As an adult, family members and very close friends knew her as Aunt Ruth. Ruth Browning graduated from Lincoln H.S. in Dallas and also graduated from Phillips Business School. She attended Wiley Extension College before starting her career in the Dallas ISD. At the end of WWII, a soldier returned and that's when she met the love of her life, Alvin Colbert. Alvin Colbert and Ruth Browning were married May 1, 1947 and were inseparable for almost 62 years; until Alvin's passing March 20, 2009. Ruth and Alvin shared a wonderful life together having 3 children Alvena, Larry, and Gail. Ruth Colbert also spent 35 years in the Dallas ISD until retirement. She spent most of that time as the principal's secretary at K.B. Polk Elementary School. There, she was known as the school mom by the kids because of her kind and caring spirit. Ruth Ann Browning Colbert will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. But make no mistake, at 92 years and 6 months, she was well prepared for passing. She accepted Jesus Christ as her lord and savior at an early age, maintained her faith and commitment, and looked forward to joining all of those who have passed before her. Ruth Colbert is survived by her son and his wife Larry and Pam Colbert, her daughter Arrie Gail Colbert, her granddaughter Kimberly Ruth Hayes, her grandson and his wife Clifton and Mattison Colbert, nephew Rev Archie Greer and his wife Jackie, her deceased nephew, Paul Greer’s wife that she lovingly referred to as “daughter #3”, Bessie Greer and a host of great grandkids, relatives and friends. Due to COVID-19 and because of the age and/or preexisting conditions of many of our family members, we must protect our loved ones! This requires a nontraditional funeral. At 92 years old, Aunt Ruth had the mind and thinking of a much younger person. After being in a "locked down" assisted living facility for more than 2 months, she completely understood the gravity of it all and if her time came during the pandemic, it would cause a nontraditional service. Please respect our wishes for a private, family only, graveside service. It is our deep desire to protect those who we truly love and are still with us. Thank you for your love and consideration and please keep safe.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, June 29, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

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Mrs. Ruth Ann (Browning) Colbert

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Oscar and Sharon Neal

June 30, 2020

To Larry, Gail and the Colbert Family
With love we lift all of you in prayer, knowing personally death of a loved one is a hard pill to swallow. But, with the aid of the GODHEAD (GOD as our Father, Jesus as our Brother,and The Holy Spirit as our Comforter) your journey during this bereavement period, will be strengthen. Aunt Ruth was a beautiful person inside and out. We will always remember her warm smile and she will be truly missed.
Love you guys
The Neals
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Naomi Walker

June 29, 2020

Debra Richards

June 26, 2020

To Gail, Larry and Family. I've always admired your family traditions and closeness -- and at the foundation, there was Mrs. Colbert. Sending you hugs and prayers for your loss.

Debra Richards

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