Ruth Evelyn (Vanderslice) Baber

February 11, 1928January 5, 2013

Ruth Evelyn (Vanderslice) Baber of Crestview, FL passed away January 5th, 2013 at North Okaloosa Medical Center. She was born February 11, 1928 in Texarkana, Arkansas to C.W. and Ethel Vanderslice. She was employed for many years with Day and Zimmerman in Texarkana, Texas before moving to Crestview, FL in 1973. She owned and operated Ruth’s Craft Shop in Ft. Walton Beach, FL before going to work for Harris/GSSD Corp. in Ft. Walton Beach where she worked until her retirement. In her retirement she was a volunteer for many years at North Okaloosa Medical Center and she was a member of Senior Circle. Her younger years were filled with horseback riding and she belonged to the Texarkana Quadrille Club (square dancing on horseback). She was an avid outdoor sports fan and enjoyed most all outdoor sports, especially football. GO DALLAS COWBOYS She was a member of First Baptist Church, Grace Sunday School Class, and the Joy Club in Crestview. She is preceded in death by her parents C.W. and Ethel Vanderslice, brother, J.M. Vanderslice, nephew Gary Vanderslice and Larry Phillips, brother-in-law Larry (Pete) Phillips of Texarkana and Thomas Lane from Benton, LA. Survivors include her daughter Vicki R. Jordan (David), granddaughter Bonnie K. Sapp (Shane), great grandchildren Izaiah, Nathaniel and Alyssa Sapp all of Crestview, FL. Also surviving are her three sisters Jeanette Phillips, Joyce Mitchell (Albert) of Texarkana, TX and Carolyn Lane of Benton, LA. Her three surviving brothers are C.W. Vanderslice (Jean) of Texarkana, TX, Akin Vanderslice (Delores) of Longview, TX, Kenneth Vanderslice (Pat) of Waco, TX. Also surviving are her former husband and lifetime friend John E. Baber of Crestview as well as her longtime friend Nelda Janzen from Fayetteville, AR, and her sister in law Shirley Vanderslice. It is not complete without mentioning her dear little dog and constant companion Rascal. A time of visitation will be held Friday, January 11, 2013 at East Memorial Funeral Home on Moores Lane from 10 until 11:30 a.m. Committal services will follow at East Memorial Gardens in Texarkana, Arkansas beginning at noon. The family will be at the home of Jeanette Phillips in Texarkana, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lupus Foundation or a local animal shelter.

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  • Visitation Friday, January 11, 2013
  • Graveside Service Only Friday, January 11, 2013

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Candy McNeil

January 12, 2013

So sorry about your Mother. I have such good memories of coming to your house when we were growing up. Your Mother was a beautiful and gracious lady and your Dad was a fine gentleman. You could always tell that they loved and adored you very much. May these wonderful memories help you during this difficult time. Take care.

January 8, 2013

We will all miss her at Sunday School,Church & Joy Group.She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church.
Doris Garrett