Ruth Houston Baker

December 19, 1924November 11, 2020

Ruth Hunter Houston Baker peacefully departed this life on Wednesday, the 11th of November 2020, just one month short of her 96th birthday.

Ruth was born on the 19th of December 1924 in Memphis, TN to Philip Douglas Houston, Sr and Ruth Hunter Houston.

Ruth grew up in Memphis with two brothers. She attended Sweet Briar College then moved to Houston, Texas in the 1950s. She was a patron of Bayou Bend, a long-standing member of both The River Oaks Garden Club and The River Oaks Country Club. She was a member of St. Philip Presbyterian Church for years then attended St. Luke’s Methodist Church in her later years.

Ruth had an infectious personality and was always the one you wanted sitting at your table. She cultivated life-long friends and created endearing relationships. Her smile was contagious and her sense of humor was always in play. She was “that lady” who would give candy to little children in the grocery store and was so disarming that mothers would welcome her kids to take candy from a stranger.

Ruth loved to play bridge, and, if you were lucky, she would send you her winnings of $1 or even more. She loved her family and friends, enjoying frequent conversations, always starting them with “all is well here....”.

She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Philip and Ruth Houston; her brothers, Philip and Ted Houston, her stepson, Hines Holt Baker, III; and most recently, her husband of 46 years, Hines Holt Baker, Jr.

Ruth’s humor, wit and eternal optimism will be sorely missed, especially by her family—her son, Robert Houston Jarvis (Lauret), Crested Butte, CO; daughter, Ruth Jarvis, Houston, TX; stepsons, Stephen Baker, Houston, TX and Richard Baker, Atlanta, GA; grandson, Rob Houston Jarvis, Vicksburg, MS; granddaughters, Madison Taylor Cochran (Carter), Chattanooga, TN, Ashley Baker, Houston, TX and Bonnie Baker, Los Angeles, CA; and three great granddaughters and one great grandson.

Ruth was the “coolest chick ever”.

The funeral service is to be conducted at ten o’clock in the morning on Wednesday, the 18th of November, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.

Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent grand foyer. The interment will follow, via an escorted cortège, at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston.


  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020

  • Reception

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020


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Bruce McIntyre

November 19, 2020

I was so fond of my good friend Ruth Baker. She was a joy to be with always. I think of the many happy times I had going out to dinner with The Bakers. What wonderful FRIENDS they were. It was also my good fortune to be a fellow member with Bob Jarvis in the Houston - San Antonio Golf Group. My sincerest condolences to the Baker family.

Bruce McIntyre

Glenn Colton, Psy. D.

November 15, 2020

My dear incredible friend, Ms. Ruth. I shall always cherish our brief friendship. The first time we met was outside The Willowick Condos. I saw in my periperal vision a figure moving quickly in my direction. It was a female who looked as though she was racing in her walker. I quickly moved, but this fine lady came to an abrupt stop next to me. She began at ask me questions about myself. I began to return the inquiry. She said to me before dashing off: " I'm taking you to the club for lunch soon." Then she raced off. I saw her a few time later, despite the weather turning colder. We agrreed to attend a Willowick function together. People came up to Ms. Ruth and greeted her in an almost royal fashion. After she returned their greeting, she quickly turned her head toward me stating sharp, but friendly, bon mots about some of her greeters. We then laughed. I miss her so much. Love, Glenn

Jane VanDeMark

November 15, 2020

Ruth and Bobby,

I've thought of your mom often over the years. She and I always enjoyed each other's company and our nice visits. She was a fun and witty lady. She will be missed. Prayers for peace and comfort for you and your family.

Jane Van De Mark
Houston, Texas

Melissa Dyches

November 15, 2020

I remember the first day I met Mrs. Baker, I had to go by her apartment for an errand for Bobby and Gib. I remember thinking how beautiful her apartment was and how spunky and lovely Ruth was. After I finished what I had gone for, she would not let me leave until I had sat down and had a cookie and some tea. Of course, I obliged! She gave me one of her prepackaged cookies that she kept in the fridge and a glass of tea. We sat and talked for a bit. That was my one and only time being around her and I’ll never forget how gracious and welcoming she was. Bobby, Lauret and family, my prayers and love to you all.

Charlotte Couch

November 15, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about your loss.


Charlotte Couch

John Connally

November 14, 2020

Ruth was a true southern belle. She was full of grace, charm, and charisma, and was always interested in everything you had to say.
She’d call me by my first and last name. I’d phone and say, “Hello Ruth”, and she would always reply, ” Hello John Connally!
I loved that.


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