Lavina Ruth Strain

March 23, 1936November 25, 2020

LaVina Ruth Strain was called home to our Lord on November 25, 2020. Ruth was born on March 23, 1936 in Sweetwater, Texas to L.J. and LaVearl (Lockhart) Dyer. She was a unique and caring individual who touched the lives of anyone who knew her. She was very dedicated to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in all aspects of their lives. Ruth was retired from R.G. Barry Corporation and Angelo State University. After 34 years, she was still the manager of Alamo Village Apartments at the time of her death where she made life-long friends and enjoyed the company of many of the tenants. She was preceded in death by her parents, L.J. Dyer and John and LaVearl Arthur and a sister, Rebecca Dyer. She is survived by siblings, Mary (Corky) Shelby, Joel Dyer, Jerry (Bonnie) Arthur; sons, Butch (Myra) and Larry Strain; grandchildren, Erin Raines, Shaun (Kayla) Strain, Jason (Samantha) Strain and Raegan Strain (J.C. Morgan); great-grandchildren, Brayden, Amanda, Danika, Stetson, Cayson, Caitlyn, Kadence, Wyatt and Barrett; and numerous family members and friends that she adored. She is also survived by dear friends, Jessie Gonzales; R.D. and MaryDell Barron; and Heather Wilson. According to her wishes, there will be no service at this time. The family will be holding a Celebration of Life at a later date. In lieu of flowers or donations, we ask that you take a moment to hug your family and friends, or take a drive where the bluebonnets are blooming and think of Ruth. Time waits for no one.


  • Celebration of Life Service

    Friday, April 9, 2021


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Melva Galvan

February 11, 2021

Miss Ruth me and Fernando miss you soo much , it’s not the same here at apartment complex that office is just not the same without you . Fernando misses when he use to go in the office and pay out rent and you would joke around with him . Your in a better place now and your always going to be missed .

Lacey Jones

February 11, 2021

Mrs ruth, life just hasnt been the same. I miss you so dearly . I miss the times where we finally got sit down and catch up. You meant so much to me and my family and especially my kids. I loved you ruthless sassy attitude, and ur overwhelmingly huge warm heart. I can't even go to the office, it just brings me such sadness. The life in that office is gone, it's full inside. You will forever be missed every day until we meet again. Love you ruthless Ruth

Dana Taylor

December 2, 2020

I love Ruth I will forever miss you I just found out today you left us I’m so sorry! I always enjoyed our talks and hugs! You mean more to me than you think! Thank you for everything Miss Ruth I love you!
Dana, Sierra & Izaac
We all love you & thank you for taking care of us!

Alistair Roberts

December 1, 2020

Condolences to the Strain family. Ms. Ruth was a genuine person with a good heart. She always treated me well.


Janice Hatfield

December 1, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to Ruth's family. I will miss our phone conversations that were often quite entertaining. A very special lady.
Bob and Janice Hatfield
Employees Bill Caldwell Electric

Heather Wilson

November 30, 2020

Ruth you will be missed by many. I will cherish our friendship forever. You have been beside me on every journey the last 35 years, could not have taken some of those steps without you. Rest my sweet friend.

Lisa Pippin

November 27, 2020

Our condolences to the Strain family, we are praying for everyone during this difficult time. Ruth was a wonderful woman and will be dearly missed by all. God bless you all and bring comfort and peace!
Lisa, Floy, & Bobbie

Tiffany Gulley

November 27, 2020

I spent a lot of time at Ruth’s office just for chit chats and latest of what’s going on in our lives. She spoke so fondly of her kids, grand kids, and their kids. Always smiling about them. I would take her supper time to time and she would in return do the same. She is someone I know I will never forget and truly honored to have had her in my life. My mom and I always considered her family. I am truly sorry for y’all’s loss and prayers for the whole family. ❤️