Emma Ruth Hinkle Waldrep

February 21, 1930February 14, 2021

Emma Ruth Hinkle Waldrep passed away on February 14, 2021 of natural causes at her home in Victoria, Texas, surrounded by her loving family. She was a loving wife and mother and will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Ruth was born in February 21, 1930, in Hidalgo County Texas, and was the daughter of Charlie Hugh and Myrtie E Bradshaw Hinkle. She graduated from Pharr San Juan Alamo High School in 1947 and from Pan American College in Edinburg with an associate degree in business. She married Billy Dean Waldrep on June 22, 1954, and they enjoyed 66 ½ years of marriage. Ruth worked for the Texas Highway Department in Pharr, Texas, prior to moving to Victoria, and then worked at Alamo Express in Victoria. Ruth and Bill started their family and she was a homemaker raising their three sons: Gary Wayne, Kenneth Dean, and Keith Eugene. After her children were in school, Ruth continued working, first, as a substitute teacher with the Victoria Independent School District, then as a librarian at Smith Elementary School, and finally as a secretary at Guadalupe Elementary School. Ruth retired after working for VISD 22 years. After retiring, Ruth and her husband, Bill, traveled extensively in their RV throughout the United States. She also enjoyed the times they spent at Lake Charles, Kinder and Shreveport at the casinos and especially enjoyed playing the slot machines. Ruth was a member of First United Methodist Church. She had many hobbies: her family, gardening, sewing, crocheting, and traveling with her husband and visiting with her many brothers and sisters,. Ruth loved always talking with her many nieces and nephews. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; Charles and Myrtie Bradshaw Hinkle, brothers Charles Lester, Calvin Herschel, William Earl, Neal Bradshaw, George Roy, Billy Byron, and Harold Ralph Hinkle, and sisters Beulah Rebecca Kluna, and Ina Belle Plath. Ruth is survived by her loving husband of 66 ½ yrs, Bill, son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Linda Waldrep of Kennesaw, Ga; twin sons, Kenneth Waldrep of Victoria, Texas who was her constant loving care taker until her death; Keith Waldrep of San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren Aimee Waldrep, Austen Waldrep and many nieces and nephews. We give personal thanks to Harbor Hospice whom were there to assist us through the past months. Especially Kari Nicklin, Melissa Diaz, BJ, and Brenda Coons for their special care they gave her. Memorial donations in memory of Ruth Waldrep, can be made to your favorite charity. Arrangements are under the direction of Rosewood Funeral Home in Victoria, Texas. A private memorial will be held at a later date Condolences to the family may be shared at


  • Billy Dean Waldrep, Husband of 66 1/2 Years
  • Gary Wayne Waldrep and wife, Linda, Son
  • Kenneth Dean Waldrep, Son
  • Keith Eugene Waldrep, Son
  • Aimee Waldrep, Grandchild
  • Austen Waldrep, Grandchild
  • Many, Nieces and nephews
  • Charlie Hugh and Myrtle E. Bradshaw Hinkle, Parents (deceased)
  • Charles Lester, Brother (deceased)
  • Calvin Herschel, Brother (deceased)
  • William Earl, Brother (deceased)
  • Neal Bradshaw, Brother (deceased)
  • George Roy, Brother (deceased)
  • Billy Byron, Brother (deceased)
  • Harold Ralph, Brother (deceased)
  • Beulah Rebecaa Kluna, Sister (deceased)
  • Ina Belle Plath, Sister (deceased)


  • A Private Memorial Service will be held at a later date.


Emma Ruth Hinkle Waldrep

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Cindy Claussen Ramon

February 23, 2021

My thoughts and prayers go out to Bill, Gary, Ken, Keith and the family with the passing of sweet Ruth. I was just a little girl when we lived across the street but I still remember the Waldrep family and always having fun at their house, like one big family! Ruth always took care of everyone and will continue to watch over us. Her legacy will live on thru her sons and all who knew and loved her. Rest In Peace Ruth, until we all meet again!

Brenda (Wieland) Wickes

February 22, 2021

I was so saddened to hear of Mrs. Waldrep's passing. My deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Waldrep, Gary, Ken, Keith and family. I have fond memories of sweet Ruth, a beautiful lady. As our neighbor, I remember her friendly smile, her laugh, happy spirit, kindness, loving manner and caring nature. I remember Ruth's wonderful Strawberry pies. I remember the fun times shared at the Waldrep home. We will all miss her very much. God bless you all.
With love, Brenda Wickes

Phyllis Gipson

February 22, 2021

Ms Rosie! That’s the name my daughter gave her when she was a little girl trotting across the street and coming back home with the roses Mrs. Ruth would always give her. She was such a loving person and they were the best neighbors. My only regret when we moved in ‘92 was leaving this beautiful family. I pray that God gives you strength and comfort during your time of sorrow. God Bless!

Alyce Gipson Adeseye

February 22, 2021

I send my sincerest condolences and prayers for Mr. Bill and the entire Waldrep family. The Waldrep’s were my neighbors and I have many wonderful memories of visiting their home as a child. “Mrs. Rosey” as I affectionately called her, always gave me roses from her garden, while Ken let me hang out with him in the garage during his work. Mrs. Rosey (Ruth) was always kind and loving and always made this pestering little girl feel loved. I pray for strength and love for the family during this most difficult loss.

Roma Preiss

February 21, 2021

My thoughts and prayers to Ruth's husband. Bill and all of the family. Ruth was such a sweet and caring person and will surely be missed but she in a better place walking the, "Streets of Gold". May God Richly Bless All of You Now and Always. My Love, Roma Preiss

Bobby Claussen

February 20, 2021

I was saddened to hear of Ruth's passing after Keith notified me, but as I read all the memories posted I have a guilty smile on my face. The common thread was family and neighbors. Thank you Bill, Gary, Ken & Keith for sharing your wife and mom with the rest of us. We will all cherish her memories forever. Ruth was like a mom to all the neighborhood children that frequented her home. She raised us as one of her own and fed us all very well. Fondest of memories.

Condolences from the Claussen Family.
Bob & Barbara, Bobby, Debbie and Cindy.

Dawn Hooper (Bomersbach)

February 20, 2021

Hearing the news that Mrs. Waldrep passed saddened me, but treasured memories of her when I was a young child also flooded me. I remember "helping" her make cookies, and repeatedly sliding down her stairs. Mrs. Waldrep would let me to pick roses from her many rose bushes to give to Mrs. Torres, my kindergarten teacher. I remember running to her house with my A&M shirt on, so proud to show her I was wearing the shirt her son, Gary, gave me. I will always remember Mrs. Waldrep's high-pitched voice and energetic laugh and genuine smile. Thank you, Mrs. Waldrep, for so many wonderful memories, and God rest your beautiful soul.

Ray + Eunice Bomersbach

February 20, 2021

Joining the Seguin Street neighborhood meant being welcomed by our next door neighbors, the Bill & Ruth Waldrep family.
Our family quickly learned the Waldrep home served as an after school and work day sanctuary for our three children and us. There was nothing more welcoming than Ruth's cooking and baking cookies and pound cake served with lemonade and coffee for us adults. Ruth was all about home and family and helping others. She served with a loving spirit, a smile and a calm demeanor; Ruth was sweet and tender through and through toward our family. Thank you, Waldrep family, for our "back in the day memories", and thank you Father for your gift of Ruth.,

Amy Bomersbach-Sandoval

February 19, 2021

Mr. Waldrep, Gary, Ken and Keith,
God truly blessed our family by placing us next door to you all on Seguin street. Your entire family took us in as your own. So many memories of spending days at your home eating Ruth’s cookies and playing on your staircase for hours as you all would never send us home. I often climbed my backyard fence to get there. We always knew we were welcome at any time! I will always remember Ruth’s beautiful smile, kindness, patience, joy and generosity. My deepest sympathy to you all. I pray God would flood your hearts with peace, comfort and that happy memories will bring you a smile. Thank you for sharing her with us! We were meant to be neighbors, but Ruth made sure we were loved like family. Praying for you all.

Janet Hunt

February 18, 2021

So sad to hear of Ruth’s death. I have many fond memories of her wonderful laugh and delicious pineapple upside down cakes. Much love, Jan