Hixson Funeral Home-Vinton

1420 Fancher, Vinton, LA


Ruth E. "Ruthie" Passmore

September 26, 1930December 25, 2019

Vinton- Ruth E. “Ruthie” Passmore, 89, died peacefully on Wednesday, December 25, 2019, in her home in Vinton.

She was born to Reid Ross Martin and Marjory Gammons Martin in Webster Groves, Missouri on September 26, 1930. She had been a resident of Vinton for the last 70 years. Ruthie was a Christian lady, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Vinton and the Eastern Star for many years.

Survivors include her children, Linda Shackelford and husband, Bill of Yellville, Arkansas, Tommy Passmore of Sun City, Arizona, and Barbara Ann "Bobbie" Berry of Vinton; five grandchildren, Cindy Berry, Ronnie Berry, Tisha Anderson, Tara Cox and Teah Hasha; eleven great-grandchildren, Callie, Cameron, and Cate Anderson, Zoe and Ella Cox, Truett, Titus, Tate and Ty Hasha, and Kylie and Brayden Berry; and many nieces and nephews also mourn her passing. She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 56 years, TJ Passmore; her parents; her step-father, Elmer Lee Dilling; two brothers, Reid Ross Martin, Jr. and James Lee Martin.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday, December 30, in First Baptist Church of Vinton. The Rev. Bobby Daniel will officiate. Burial will be in Big Woods Cemetery in Edgerly under the direction of Hixson Funeral Home of Vinton. Visitation will be held in the funeral home from 4-8 p.m. Sunday and at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service Monday. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.


  • Linda Shackelford and husband Bill, Daughter
  • Tommy Passmore, Son
  • Barbara Ann "Bobbie" Berry, Daughter
  • Cindy Berry, Grandchild
  • Ronnie Berry, Grandchild
  • Tisha Anderson, Grandchild
  • Tara Cox, Grandchild
  • Teah Hasha, Grandchild
  • Callie, Cameron, and Cate Anderson, Great Grandchildren
  • Zoe and Ella Cox, Great Grandchildren
  • Truett, Titus, Tate, and Ty Hasha, Great Grandchildren
  • Kylie and Brayden Berry, Great Grandchildren
  • T.J. Passmore, loving Husband of 56 years (deceased)
  • Reid Ross Martin and Marjory Gammons Martin, Parents (deceased)
  • Elmer Lee Dilling, Step-Father (deceased)
  • Reid Ross Martin,Jr., Brother (deceased)
  • James Lee Martin, Brother (deceased)
  • and many nieces and nephews also mourn her passing.


  • Visitation Sunday, December 29, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 30, 2019


Ruth E. "Ruthie" Passmore

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Byron & Chris Pilley

December 30, 2019

Tommy & Family,

Byron and I are so sorry about the loss of your sweet mother. I still have her handwritten recipes that she gave me for gumbo and shrimp stew. I only got the opportunity to meet her a couple of times in person but always enjoyed talking with her. May the comfort of all your fond memories carry you through this difficult time.
Byron & Chris Pilley

Brenda Laird

December 28, 2019

I am completely heartbroken~~ I loved Ruthie SO much and will never forget her kindness and her loving heart. Heaven has certainly gained an Angel!! You will be missed, my Dear Friend♥♥

Toni Merchant Tanner

December 27, 2019

Linda and Bobbie,

So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was a wonderful woman and I am sure she will be missed by so many. Will keep your family in my prayers.


Bruce Merchant

December 27, 2019

Linda and Bobbie,

I was so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was such a wonderful lady. I always enjoyed seeing her and talking baseball with her. You are in my thoughts and prayers.