Ruth Olive (1922 - 2014)

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Olive, Ruth Ruth Spurgin Olive, aged 91, passed into the realm of God's eternal saving grace on Saturday, June 7th, 2014, in Dallas, Texas.Ruth was born into the Headrick family of Van Alstyne, Texas, in July of 1922. She attended Van Alstyne schools with many friends, and graduated as salutatorian of "The VA Class of 1940"; she shared precious memories with her former classmates during numerous class reunions throughout the years of their lives.After graduation, Ruth moved to Dallas to attend classes at Draughn's Business College. She thrived in a secretarial setting, and learning how business worked. Ruth's early employment was with Dwight Edwards Coffee Company in Dallas, and she spoke of this time with a special fondness and respect.Through a mutual friend, her future sister-in-law Myrtle introduced Ruth to Robert O. Spurgin, originally from Wylie, Texas. They dated, promised and wed in Galveston, Texas, during weekend furlough before the end of World War II. The couple shared their love and life on this earth, until his passing in 1974. They enjoyed dominoes, card games, bowling, and later both the walking type of golf and salt water fishing. The family attended St Patrick's Catholic Church where Ruth was baptized in 1962 by Monsignor Miller.Sunday Mass was a weekly family event. Ruth spent many lunch and recess periods assisting the teaching nuns at her children's' parochial school. Both church and family get-togethers highlighted holiday visits with the extended Headrick and Spurgin families in the DFW area for 20 years The long drive was always rewarded with joyful festivities and shared memories.Ruth returned to the business world after Mr. S purgin's death in 1974. She enjoyed a unique and rewarding variety of life as a Houston Kelly Girl Temp during the 1980s. Ruth was also a hostess at the Black Angus Restaurant in Houston, Texas. Ruth had modeled for Neiman Marcus during the 1940s, and enjoyed the elegant restaurant atmosphere and fine steaks.She also worked in the church office of St. Cyril Methodius, located in west Houston. Ruth helped form a social organization for widowed Catholic men and women in Houston called "The Solitares." She served as president of the organization for three years during the 1970s. During this time, Ruth also assisted with secretarial work in the office at St Cyril. Ruth relocated from Houston to Dallas during the 1980s to be near her extended family and friends in the Dallas area. Each Holiday celebration was more precious, watching her family grow and mature.After relocating to Dallas, Ruth met, and soon married a gentleman neighbor she met while walking her Chow. Ruth always had a little red Chow companion. Mr. and Mrs. Jim W; Olive had their marriage blessed by both St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic and Grace Methodist Churches, where they attended services together. The two, along with their children and family members, shared ten wonderful years of love and companionship, and retirement fun-such as traveling to the beach to fish. Over the years, Mr. Olive's health declined. His passing was in September of 1999. Olive remained unmarried during her final years.Ruth suffered chronic illness for several years, being happily active with her office work until four days before her death. Ruth received a year of wonderful heath care assistance through "Abell Companions" caretakers, and enjoyed visits from friends and family when her health allowed. The Spurgin Olive family is most grateful for the compassionate and big-hearted health workers who assisted in her hospice care. Ruth died in her home, comfortably, passing during peaceful sleep.Ruth's Christian beginnings at The Van Alstyne Church, and her Catholic baptism in 1962 begat a woman of exceptional compassion, and true faith in The Lord, our Savior Jesus Christ. Ruth knew God's "Footprints" were her strength, and guided her journey through life. Her visits with Mrs. Mary Gilhooley, Mrs. Kim Campisi and many others during visiting weekly, enabled her to hear the Mass reading for that week, as well as to receive the Holy Eucharist. Ruth was so grateful for the love and support from many special and loving individuals who are members of St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Her last Christmas celebration included a Caroling serenade by parish wandering choir minstrels. Family and neighbors appreciated all those special times of sharing the love of God though music.Ruth had compassion for the four footed as well as two-footed of the world. She always had a little red Chow for a companion. Two boxes of cremated pet remains will be near, at her request...until she can greet all her pets at the Rainbow Bridge.In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the Dallas ASPCA, the Dallas Food Bank, or the medical research organization of the donor's preference.Ruth Spurgin Olive is survived by: Ms. Patricia Spurgin Lauren, Dr. David R. Spurgin and Mrs. Patty Spurgin; their children and grandchildren, Mrs. Joanne Windham; her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who all live in the greater Dallas area; Mr. Steven Spurgin and Mr. Robert Spurgin of Denton, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. Benny Joe Spurgin of Aubry, Texas; and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Petronella of Houston, Texas.After the "Celebration of Life" service By Father John LeBone which will be at 2;00 pm, Thursday June 12, Mrs. Olive's remains were interred in the Genesis section of Sparkman Hillcrest Mausoleum. Those who loved her will feel her loss deeply.

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Published in Dallas Morning News on June 12, 2014
RUTH OLIVE
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