OBITUARY

Willie Ruth Guster

October 21, 1931October 26, 2020
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Willie Ruth Guster, 89, of Odessa, passed away on October 26th, 2020. Born October 21, 1931 to Thomas and Maggie (Young) Cregler in Gilmer, TX, she graduated from Valley View High School and received her Bachelor of Science from Texas College in Tyler, TX. She earned professional certificates from Sul Ross State University, Texas Southern University, and University of Southern California before receiving her Master of Art in Administration from University of Texas at Permian Basin in 1977. Her education career began in 1964 as a Bethune High School teacher in Crane, TX. She moved to Odessa where she was the first woman to be elected Head Teacher at Carver Elementary. From 1971-1976 she served as Milam Elementary’s Director of Federal Summer Programs. Mrs. Guster was the first Black woman principal in ECISD serving at Travis Elementary from 1979 to 1986 and later Ross Elementary from 1986 to 1991. Our mother was recognized for her service in education including Outstanding Teacher (Carver Elementary), Outstanding Administrator of the Year, Outstanding Teachers of America, and was listed in Who’s Who for Elementary Teachers.

In 1950, she was initiated into the Gamma Epsilon chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She was a charter member of the Odessa Alumnae Chapter, chartered on May 29, 1964, where she was a loyal life member until her death.

She was also a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society and sang with local gospel groups Sister to Sister and Elkins Singers.

Her volunteer service included being a “Pink Lady” Auxilian at Medical Center Hospital (18years), Black Chamber of Commerce, Secret Sister Ministry, and Greater Opportunists of the Permian Basin which sponsored HeadStart. Mrs. Guster taught Sunday School at the Church of Christ at Texas and Clements where she was a faithful servant.

Mrs. Guster is preceded in death by husband Allen Guster, Jr. She is survived by her two daughters, Kathy Guster and Jina Jordan, one son, Gerry Guster Sr.(Lucia), one niece Brenda Barnes, six grandchildren Michael Carrillo (Ashley), Luis Carrillo, Kanicia Schlichting (Phillip), Ronzel Wilson, Ashley Smith (Blake), Gerry Guster Jr., and 15 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1pm Thursday Nov. 5, at St. James MBC, burial will be at Ector County Cemetery. The viewing will be 4pm-8pm Wednesday Nov. 4th at Hubbard Kelly Funeral Home.

Guests may live stream the Celebration of life for Willie Ruth Guster at http://sjmbc2212.flashmediacast.com:1935/SJMBC2212/livestream/playlist.m3u8

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  • Luis Carrillo, Active Pallbearer
  • Michael Carrillo, Active Pallbearer
  • Alon Carrillo, Active Pallbearer
  • Gerry Guster Jr., Active Pallbearer
  • Anthony Carrillo, Active Pallbearer
  • Ronzel Wilson, Active Pallbearer
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Welda Anderson

November 10, 2020

With heart felt sympathy , I extend my sincere condolence to the family of my beautiful soror, Mrs. Willie Guster. She was a very special lady in so many ways. Be thankful for the many years you were blessed to share her love. With prayers that you will look to our Heavenly Father for the strength to endure in the days to come. With love and blessings always.

Sophia Clifton

November 5, 2020

Mrs. Guster will truly be missed. I always think and talk about when we all lived on Carver Street. My family, your family, the Elberts, the Hendleys, Mr. and Mrs. Deaver, Jonell and Von Jones, the Hunts, and others. Those were wonderful times.
I would often see your mother at Albertsons and tell her how good she looked and that she was a fox! We would talk and laugh.
I am praying for you and your family that God would grant you strength and peace during this time.

Ella Harvey

November 5, 2020

I met Mrs. Willie Guster through her lovely, caring daughter, Jina. She attended bible study and worship services at TFBC while staying locally. She was a beautiful lady with a loving, happy spirit. She will be missed by her family and those of us who came to know her for any length of time. She is smiling down on all of her family and friends; our prayers and condolences are with you. Love and Blessings to her family. You will see her again.

Christopher King

November 5, 2020

I’m Mrs Guster neighbor.. I moved in the area I 2018 , and she was the first to introduce herself .. she was very kind, and mother like. I enjoyed our evening visits , texts and calls .. she will always be my second mother .. her family are equally kind people. I consider them my brothers and sisters .. Mrs Guster will be truly missed .. much love peace and strength to the family !! I love ❤️ you all !! Your brother chris !!

Deborah McDavid

November 5, 2020

Mrs. Guster will definitely be missed. I will always cherish those moments we shared on shopping, and education, not to mention those warm hugs and sweet kisses she always gave me. Our long phone conservations was always filled with much wisdom that I am forever grateful for. Rest in peace "Sweet Lady." To the family, may God provide you all with strength, comfort, and understanding during this somber moment.
Sincerely,
Deborah McDavid & Family

Judith Herron

November 3, 2020

I knew Willie through ECISD for years, but really got to know her well through volunteering at Medical Center Hospital.
She was an ultimate LADY! What a beautiful person she was. I feel blessed to have known her!

Pamela Andrews

November 3, 2020

I had the honor of volunteering with Ms. Willie many times throughout the past 4 years. She was a dear sweet lady whom everyone loved and will be dearly missed!

Rosalind Henderson Lee

November 3, 2020

Jina, may the memories of your mother comfort you in your joy and in your Sorrow. Her legacy lives on in you. Lean into Jesus and let Him comfort you.
He is every thing that you need.
You are in my prayers.
Rosalind Henderson Lee (The Fort Bend Church)

Miguel Chavez

November 3, 2020

Prayers to the family

Miguel Chavez

Lynn Arnold

November 2, 2020

I loved Mrs . Guster. I worked for her at Ross Elementary and we had the best time together. She was one of the best principals I worked for at Ross. I’m so glad the Lord allowed me to work for her. God bless her family. ❤️❤️❤️

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