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Ruth S. Thompson

Obituary for Ruth S. Thompson

December 31, 1923 - March 6, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 94


Edith Ruth Stimmel Thompson went to Heaven to be with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ,
on March 6, 2018 at the age of 94 years and 2 months. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 61 years, Sam Earl Thompson, on April 9, 2012.

She is lovingly remembered and missed by her children, Sammye Ruth Thompson Rives (husband Donald) ; Tim Thompson (wife Loy) ; grandchildren Chad (wife Ryan), Blake Earl (wife Samantha), Audra (husband Michael), and J.D. ;
great grandchildren Rylee, Rydlii, Rykyr, Knox Earl, Knash, Knyte, Keuss Samuel, and Kyree. What a legacy!
Here is the story of Ruthie Thompson, more lovingly known as Gram:
Gram was born on December 31, 1923 in E. St. Louis, Illinois, to William Stimmel and Edith Wear Stimmel, who worked for the Salvation Army most of their lives, thus explaining Gram's passion for The Salvation Army! She graduated from East St. Louis HS and then went on to seminary at Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky. She majored in education and music, and it wasn't long before she was traveling with a group of evangelism students doing revivals. Gram played the piano and sang special music for the group. In the summers, she worked to earn money for another year of tuitions. One of her favorite summer places to work was "The Boardwalk" and "Coney Island". There was lots of excitement, lots of new acquaintances, and many new experiences. It was here that she proudly bought her first pair of silk stockings. Knowing Gram, she probably had them for many months with no snag or run in them...after all, this is the woman who was queen of never throwing anything away, nor did she need to, because everything looked like new and worked like a charm for decades!

Each fall, Gram would go back to college, and on breaks, she traveled with the revival team. During her Sr. year, God sent their team all the way from Kentucky to Texas! They did a revival and worked with youth in a small town in the Panhandle...Shamrock, Texas! The Methodist Church fell in love with her and begged her to come back when she graduated as their Music Director and Youth Minister! She agreed with excitement at the prospect of having her first full-time job, even though it would be so far from home and family.

She moved to Shamrock in 1950, and she lived with a family from the church, Curtis and Florine Hamill, and her every need was met by the ladies of the church and their families. They fed her, took her shopping, and even started playing matchmaker. Another Hamill family, Earl and Lucille, introduced her to Sam Thompson, a local barber who was a native to Shamrock. It wasn't long before Grandpa asked Gram to marry him , and the Hamill women planned the whole wedding, baked the cakes, borrowed a wedding dress for Gram, and even sang at the wedding! They married on July 30, 1951. The only downside for Curtis and Florine was that they had gotten used to drifting off to the sound of Ruthie playing the piano and singing them to sleep, and they didn't relish the idea of her moving out! Later in life, they begged her to make them a cassette of some of their favorite songs.

Gram and Grandpa had a baby girl, Sammye, a year later in 1952. After two more years in Shamrock, they began to move to various towns in the Texas Panhandle such as Borger, Pringle, Canyon, and Dumas. During their time in Borger, in 1957, they had a son, Tim. Gram taught school as Grandpa barbered and went to college to get his teaching certificate. They both taught and furthered their education for 30 + years. Many letters and phone calls through the years has confirmed how many young lives were touched and influenced by Gram and her dedication to changing lives and making children believe they could accomplish anything their heart desired! Blessing people's lives was just something she did all her life!

As Grandpa went from being a teacher to an administrator, they moved many more times. They lived in Plainview, Irving, Canyon, and Duncanville. In addition to teaching, Gram was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, and Baptist churches in each new city. She continued to be active in every church by playing the organ or piano, by being the social leader and organizer of many groups, and by sewing costumes for every church production!

Another of Gram's gifts was sewing. She made all of Sammye's clothes throughout her life, insuring that she was the best dressed girl at school! She even made Sammye's wedding dress and veil by combining five different patterns to make it "one-of-a-kind perfect"! Our whole family benefitted from her sewing. Every grandchild received new outfits on a continual basis when they were younger, and everyone had a sequined, shiny stocking handmade by Gram!

We will all miss her, both family and friends and those who cared for her, but we rejoiced in thankfulness to God when He took her to her forever and ever, Heavenly home. She was met by a huge party of family and friends who had just been waiting eagerly for her to get there. She was greeted by Grandpa, by her mother and daddy, by her sister and three brothers, and by a host of friends who had gone on before her!

There is no doubt who she looked for and ran to first....she always told us the first thing she would do when she got to Heaven would be to throw herself at Jesus's feet and thank Him for dying on the cross for her and for preparing her a home in Heaven!

Glory be to God!!! She can SEE again!!! She can WALK and RUN!!! She can SPEAK and carry on conversations again!!! She can PLAY the piano and SING praises to Her Heavenly Father again!!! Wow! She is having so much fun and smiling her beautiful smile again!!! We just look forward to being with her again someday!!!
Thank you, Father, for sharing this beautiful woman with all of us for our time on Earth!!!

Graveside Services will be Thursday, March 29, 2018, 10:00 a.m., FT. SAM HOUSTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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