Mary Ruth (Tomblin) Henry died Nov. 9, 2019.

A funeral service was held Nov. 13 at Pompey Mountain Church in Mills County.

Sneed Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Ruth was born Nov. 30, 1933 to Tommy and Sadie Tomblin in the oil fields of Webb County, Texas.

She started school in Cayote, Texas, moved to Bigfoot for middle school and graduated from Devine High School in 1950. While at Devine High School, she was drum major in band and was queen of the Strawberry Festival in Poteet.

Ruth worked at Lackland Air Force Base after graduating from high school and was in charge of the unit responsible for investigating and granting top-secret clearances for the Air Force throughout the world after WWII.

While at Lackland, Ruth and Bob Sutton were married, and Tom, Phil and Susan Sutton were welcomed into the family. After the three children completed their schooling, Ruth started her college career at age 42 at Central Texas College and graduated with honors.

Then, she served as the office manager of the 30,000-acre Goodrich Ranch in Burnet County for 20 years. She became proficient in holistic ranch operations, which she later carried to the Henry Ranch in Mills County.

Ruth married Dale Henry on July 21, 2002.

Ruth loved adventure and qualified for her private pilot’s license at age 34. She enjoyed traveling the world.

Later, a lifelong eye problem resulted in both corneas having to be replaced. When complications developed, Ruth lost the ability to talk and walk.

Ruth was a lifelong follower of Jesus Christ.