Ruth E. Skidmore
December 28, 1931 – October 28, 2019
Ruth E. Skidmore, 87, of Watauga, Texas was called to her heavenly home on October 28, 2019.
The family will receive friends during a Celebration of Life Gathering on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 5pm to 8pm at Shannon Rufe Snow Funeral Chapel, with a Remembrance Service at 6p.m.
Ruth was born on December 28, 1931 in Springfield, Missouri to Ada and Tom Emerson, where she was raised and lived in her youth. She met her beloved Harold in 1973, and married in 1974. They celebrated 45 years of marriage. She was the family matriarch and was all about her children. She was a supportive and caring mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Ruth had a passion for art and painting. Her works of art were shared with family and family friends. She enjoyed going to karaoke with her husband and friends. Her work ethic was passed down to her children. She was a hard-worker and instilled that in her family as she provided for them through their youth. She was owner and proprietor of her own salons, and had many loyal clientele that she served for many years. Ruth was always helpful, always giving of herself and her time to help anyone that may need a word of advice or guidance through tough times. Part of that was encompassed by her involvement as a founder of the Fort Worth PFLAG Organization. Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend will be dearly missed by those blessed to have shared in her life journey. She is preceded in death by her parents, son, Ron Ditmer, and brothers, James Emerson and David Emerson. Ruth is survived by her loving husband, Harold; sister, Esther Gateley; children, Jack McCroskey, Glenda (Tony) Hatcher, Jennifer (Ted) Sienkiewicz, and Tom (Glenda) McCroskey; Grandchildren, Alicia, Andrea, John, Angie, Josh, Jessica, Treva and Taryn; 8 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
- Harold Skidmore, Spouse
- Esther Gateley, Sister
- Jack McCroskey, Son
- Glenda and husband, Tony Hatcher, Daughter
- Jennifer and husband, Ted Sienkiewicz, Daughter
- Tom and wife, Glenda McCroskey, Son
- Tom and wife, Ada Emerson, Parents (deceased)
- Ron Ditmer, Son (deceased)
- James Emerson, Brother (deceased)
- David Emerson, Brother (deceased)
- Grandchildren, Alicia, Andrea, John, Angie, Josh, Jessica, Treva and Taryn; 8 Great-Grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
- Memorial Gathering Wednesday, November 6, 2019
- Remembrance Service Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Ruth E. Skidmore
November 1, 2019
Mom was always there for us with any problems we had. She was always in a great mood, cheerful and could always cheer anyone up. I will miss her terribly, our lives will be missing a lot without her in it, but I have 64 years of memories to cherish. She has been in a lot of pain for the last year and I am glad that she no longer feels it.
Love You so Much Mom, your Jenny
November 1, 2019
Ruth was more than a grandmother to me. She helped raise me. She taught me many things including how to do my bills and keep up with my money. Grandma was always there for me. I wanted her to live forever. She always had a smile on her face. She will be greatly missed by many. I have several good memories to think of when it comes to grandma. When I was young we went fishing, played bingo, played dress up, and watched her fix hair. I always said I could be a hairdresser myself just because I watch my grandma so many years in the salon. I’m so glad I was there. She was a wonderful person in so many different ways. We are blessed to have had her love, her smile, and her presence in our lives.
October 30, 2019
Rest In Peace Ruth... my condolences go out to all the family as you grieve this loss and celebrate Ruth’s life and legacy. I’m so thankful Josh and I lived in Texas for a few years so that I could get to know my “grandmother in law” better, and I’m thankful that our son Jaxon was able to do the same. We always enjoyed our visits...seeing her playful pets whom she cared for greatly... and even a squirrel she rescued once ! She always showed us her new paintings and we are lucky enough to have one that she did of our first dog missy. I will always remember how lighthearted yet deeply caring her personality was , how much she loved her family, and I’ll never forget how she lovingly sent me a birthday card every year... I will unfortunately have to miss the memorial , but know that I am thinking dearly of Ruth and all of you right now.
In sympathy, Cara
October 29, 2019
I’m glad Jaxon got to spend time with you and see what a great grandmother he has, she always took care of us and made us do the right things. I love you and miss you grandma.
October 29, 2019
She was my always beautiful mommy. She raised 5 of us basically by herself. When I was in the first grade she was the PTA president of our little tiny school in Missouri. She made me and my brother outfits out of crepe paper for the school play. Actually she made all of the costumes. I was a daffodil. She was a fantastic mommy. Then we moved to Texas because her and my dad divorced and she had to get her first job. It was in a factory but we still made it. She has been through a lot in her lifetime and I’m glad she no longer feels pain. A month ago her and Harold went to karaoke at least twice a week. She always looked beautiful. Then she fell and broke her hip and everything changed quickly. I will miss her more than anything. I love you mommy.