OBITUARY

Ruth Esther Best

April 18, 1929February 2, 2019
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Ruth Esther Marshall was born on April 18, 1929 in Yoakum, Texas to George and Roberta Marshall. She graduated from high school in Edna, Texas. She attended and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Tillotson College in Austin in 1948. She received a Master’s degree from Texas Southern University in 1956.

During the time of segregation, Ruth moved to Falfurrias in 1948 to accept the position as teacher of the one room school house for the Negro children living in Falfurrias at the time. The school closed in 1949 when the last class graduated; and it was converted to Bethel A.M.E. Church. Acting Superintendent Strong asked Ruth to be the music teacher at the Elementary schools in Falfurrias and Encino. Thus, the Legend was created!

Ruth continued to teach music for Brooks County ISD until she retired in 1989. Ruth remained the only African American teacher in the Region until Regional lines were redrawn in the early 80’s. While teaching at the one room school house, Ruth met and married Nathaniel L. Best on June 3, 1950. Ruth continued to reside in Falfurrias until her death.

Ruth was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Inc., Texas State Teacher’s Association, Layman’s Organization of the A. M. E. Church 10th Episcopal District, United Methodist Women’s Organization, Retired Teachers Association, County Extension Club, and the Red Hat Society. Ruth was honored as the GrayFest Outstanding Senior for Brooks County in 1994. She received numerous Certificates of Recognition for Community Service.

Ruth enjoyed reading, playing Scrabble, baking and playing the piano at home while singing with her family. She also was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. On any given Saturday when there was a Marathon of John Wayne movies showing she was glued to the television.

Mrs. Best is preceded in death by a sister Georgette Marshall, Father George Marshall, Mother Roberta Earlene Marshall, Mother-in-Law Willie Best, Husband Nathaniel L. Best Jr., and Great grandson Kristian Xavier.

Ruth is survived by her Son Marshall L. Best, Daughter Natalye R. Best, Daughter-in Law Julie Smithers Best, Grand Daughter Sharis Mohair, Grandson Marshall Best II. She is also survived by a host of relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at the Funeraria Del Angel Howard Williams in Falfurrias as well as Friday, February 15, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family receiving friends and relatives from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m on Friday. Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church in Falfurrias with burial to follow at the Falfurrias Burial Park.

  • FAMILY

  • Son, Marshall L. Best; daughter, Natalye R. Best; daughter-in-law, Julie Smithers Best; granddaughter, Sharis Mohair; grandson, Marshall Best, II. She is also survived by a host of relatives and friends.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, February 14, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, February 15, 2019
  • Family Will Be Receiving Friends Friday, February 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 16, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, February 16, 2019
REMEMBERING

Ruth Esther Best

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Alexis and Aaliyah Barideauc

February 16, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with the family today. I am grateful to have been able to meet Grandma Best. I was able to hear wonderful stories of her kindness, love and gentle soul through Sharis. I do wish I would have been able to see her in action as a school teacher. Thank you God for sharing her with everyone she helped, loved and affected for the better all these years.

Debra Dorow Eckert

February 15, 2019

Please accept my sincere sympathy. Mrs. Best was my music teacher many many years ago. I loved her. I remember thinking how beautiful she was and that she sang like a sweet song bird.
I also remember playing with Natalie and watching ML run track.
What fond memories. ❤️
Grateful for knowing her.
Rest In Peace, sweet lady.
Love,
Debra Dorow Eckert

Mary Martin

February 14, 2019

A beautiful person, wonderful music teacher. The Best family lived near us when I was growing up, I have fond memories of the Best family. My prayers are with the family.

Brenda Best

February 13, 2019

My condolences and prayers are with the family and friends

Evangelina Garza Charnichart

February 13, 2019

Mrs Best was like no other she was loving caring person.I was homered to have been her music student she loved her job always smiling happy.My most sincere condolences to the family.Prayers may God bless all family & friends.May she RIP She will be missed

Yvonne Broadwater-Seitz

February 13, 2019

My condolences to the Best family. May Mrs. Best rest in eternal peace. Such a beautiful soul. She will be missed. Am sending you all good vibes from Germany.

Cynthia Cavazos-Oropeza

February 12, 2019

I always remember when we had to sing our name as she called roll. She was such a talented and beautiful person. May she RIP

Liz Trevino

February 12, 2019

My first memory of Mrs. Best was as my music teacher in elementary school, always greeting my classmates and I with the biggest smile on her face! Teaching us music and song with such joy in her heart! She was such a wonderful woman who I always thought never seemed to have a bad day, because everytime i saw her she had that beautiful smile on her face. This community has lost a great soul, as they did when her husband passed too. Nat and Ruth were great pillars of this small community, and would help anyone in need. Natalye and M.L. I pray for Gods comfort to you and your family as you endure your mother's passing. She was a beautiful woman with the biggest heart of gold, and she will be greatly missed.

Ovidio Arevalo

February 12, 2019

Awesome memories of her in music class ( singing Christmas carols)... Accepted no excuses and had high expectations for all kids. She is one of the reasons the Fal school system was great. She will be missed greatly.

Sherwood Hamilton

February 12, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Best's passing. I knew the whole family when I lived in Falfurrias. She was an exceptional person. She was good friends with my grandmother, June Bridge.

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Biography

Ruth Esther Marshall was born on April 18, 1929 in Yoakum, Texas to George and Roberta Marshall. She graduated from high school in Edna, Texas. She attended and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Tillotson College in Austin in 1948. She received a Master’s degree from Texas Southern University in 1956.

During the time of segregation, Ruth moved to Falfurrias in 1948 to accept the position as teacher of the one room school house for the Negro children living in Falfurrias at the time. The school closed in 1949 when the last class graduated; and it was converted to Bethel A.M.E. Church. Acting Superintendent Strong asked Ruth to be the music teacher at the Elementary schools in Falfurrias and Encino. Thus, the Legend was created!

Ruth continued to teach music for Brooks County ISD until she retired in 1989. Ruth remained the only African American teacher in the Region until Regional lines were redrawn in the early 80’s. While teaching at the one room school house, Ruth met and married Nathaniel L. Best on June 3, 1950. Ruth continued to reside in Falfurrias until her death.

Ruth was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Inc., Texas State Teacher’s Association, Layman’s Organization of the A. M. E. Church 10th Episcopal District, United Methodist Women’s Organization, Retired Teachers Association, County Extension Club, and the Red Hat Society. Ruth was honored as the GrayFest Outstanding Senior for Brooks County in 1994. She received numerous Certificates of Recognition for Community Service.

Ruth enjoyed reading, playing Scrabble, baking and playing the piano at home while singing with her family. She also was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. On any given Saturday when there was a Marathon of John Wayne movies showing she was glued to the television.

Mrs. Best is preceded in death by a sister Georgette Marshall, Father George Marshall, Mother Roberta Earlene Marshall, Mother-in-Law Willie Best, Husband Nathaniel L. Best Jr., and Great grandson Kristian Xavier.

Ruth is survived by her Son Marshall L. Best, Daughter Natalye R. Best, Daughter-in Law Julie Smithers Best, Grand Daughter Sharis Mohair, Grandson Marshall Best II. She is also survived by a host of relatives and friends.