OBITUARY

Ruth Bloyd

May 24, 1923April 3, 2014

Calllie Ruth Carson Bloyd, known to her family and friends as Ruth Bloyd, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 8:40 pm after sustaining a critical head injury after a fall at home. Ruth was born in Houston, Texas on May 22, 1923, and was a graduate of Jeff Davis High School, received her BS at Rice University and her MS at the University of Texas. A child of the Great Depression, Ruth’s family moved from Houston to Crockett for a few years but returned for her to graduate from Jeff Davis HS. Her first job out of high school was at Great Southern in downtown Houston. Feeling the call to serve her country, Ruth enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and after her basic training in Palm Beach, Florida, She served in Washington D.C, in the office of the Adjutant General. During her time in D.C., she was honored to have tea at the White House with Eleanor Roosevelt and after the death of President Roosevelt, she was privileged to march in his funeral procession down Pennsylvania Avenue. Following her marriage in 1948 to Ted Bloyd Jr., also of Houston, Ruth and Ted were blessed with the birth of their first child, Ted Carson Bloyd. Shortly after her graduation from Rice University, her daughter, Ruthanne was born. Their third child Kathryn (Kathy) Aline Bloyd was born in 1965, further blessing their lives. Ruth taught for twenty-five years at Austin High School in Houston. She was a beloved and much admired and honored math teacher who instilled a love of mathematics and a love for learning in her students. After retiring, Ruth and Ted moved to Warren, Texas. Following the death of her beloved husband, Ted, Ruth moved first to Waller, Texas to live with her son TC and his family and later moved to Bedford, Texas, to be with her daughters, Ruthanne and Kathy. In Bedford, Ruth attended First Baptist Bedford, enjoying her family and friends and spirited games of 42, Mexican Train and Texas Hold Em. Ruth believed in keeping her mind sharp and worked crossword puzzles, Sudoku and once she got her first iPad, Words with Friends on a daily basis. At the age of 90, she wrote her life story on her iPad and had it published by her children, a story of a strong woman with a true pioneer spirit, a woman who loved her church and her family and her Lord above all else. She celebrated her 90th birthday year with parties in Bedford, Houston and a trip back to Pam Beach to revisit her Coast Guard days of seventy years ago. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Ted and her two brothers, John and Jim Carson. She is survived by her three children, T.C. Bloyd and his wife, Andrea (Peppy) Leonard of Waller, Texas, Ruthanne Bloyd of Rota, Spain, and Kathy Bloyd of Bedford, Texas. She was blessed with three beautiful grandchildren and seven great grandchildren: Clint and Nikki (Bloyd) Derrick, parents to Liam, Walker, Kate and Seth; Travis and Julie Bloyd, parents to Timothy, Ty and Naomi; and Cody and Christina Bloyd. Ruth loved her family and is survived by her only remaining sister-in-law, Dolly Garner Carson, numerous nieces and nephews of the Carson, Bloyd, Thomas, Newman, and Pierce families. Services for Ruth Bloyd will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Forest Park Cemetery, on Lawndale, in Houston, Texas. A visitation will begin at 11:00 am with a graveside service to follow at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to a charity of your choice. Ruth supported St. Jude’s Children’s hospital, the Salvation Army and her church, First Baptist Bedford. Her service will be a celebration of her life and her family asks that those attending celebrate with us and in honor of Ruth, wear bright, spring colors, her favorite was turquoise.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, April 9, 2014
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, April 9, 2014
REMEMBERING

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Sasha Sardi-Wade

April 11, 2014

My thoughts go to you and your family. May you take comfort in knowing a beautiful angel is now watching over you. Love you!

April 8, 2014

Mrs. Bloyd was certainly my favorite teacher. She had a wonderful impact on my life which I did not fully understand and appreciate until much later in my life. I had hoped to see her at the 75th anniversary of the opening of S. F. Austin High School, to express my thanks for the tremendous impact she had on my life, but unfortunately, that was not to be. God Bless you Mrs. Bloyd.

John N. Spencer, Class of 1958, S. F. Austin High School

Wayne Coates

April 8, 2014

Mrs Bloyd challenged all to come to her advanced math class. In her words, "you can do this". I accepted her invitation to participate in an advanced math (summer of '64) session at Rice but until now had no idea of her relation to the university. She was a great inspiration to all her students.

Janet Schmidt

April 8, 2014

A very sad good-bye to a very dear friend from our college days. She had a wonderful life. May she rest in peace.

April 8, 2014

THIS LOVING LADY AND HER FAMILY WILL ALWAYS HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE IN OUR HEARTS - THE MEMORIES FROM OUR WEDDING DAY TO THE HELP AND SUPPORT THEY GAVE US WHEN WE LOST OUR SON - WILL BE WITH US ALL OUR DAYS - THANK YOU TED, RUTH ANN AND KATHY FOR SHARING YOUR MOM WITH US - KIEHLS, DUNGANS AND PIERCES

April 8, 2014

My prayers and sympathy are with you. I truly enjoyed knowing Ruth when she was in Waller. Christian love to all of you. ...gwen. waldrop

Margaret Wade

April 8, 2014

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Betsy Walker

April 8, 2014

Grace and Mercy for those who grieve. Thank God for his Hope.

Frank Martinez

April 8, 2014

What I can recall about Mrs. Boyd is the way she would challenge us to solve and then share our knowledge. Pay it Forward.

Mika Pharez

April 8, 2014

Mrs. Bloyd was my math teacher and Cheerleading coach for the 3 years I was in Spain. She is now a very dear friend ! I heard many wonderful stories about her mother. Mrs.Bloyd, you and your family are in my prayers. I love you !