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Mary Ruth Ruddick Jones

Mary Ruth Ruddick Jones, 79, died Sunday, June 30, 2013. Memorial service: 3 p.m. Friday at Church of the Holy Apostle, 3900 Longvue Ave., Fort Worth, 76126. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the , alz.org. Mrs. Jones was born in Nanticoke, Pa., attended Bloomsburg State Teachers College, and had lived in Fort Worth since 1970. She was the mother of six children, a Girl Scout leader, a Cub Scout den mother, a Stephen Minister and Eucharistic Visitor for All Saints Episcopal Church, a volunteer chaplain at John Peter Smith Hospital, a past president/vice president of the John Peter Smith Hospital Auxiliary, and a former captain in the Code Blue Citizens on Patrol program. Mrs. Jones was awarded the Service to Mankind Award in 1987; named as an Outstanding Woman of Fort Worth by the Fort Worth Commission on Women in 1994; named as the Woman of the Year by the Star-Telegram in 1995; named as the Fort Worth Volunteer of the Year in 1995/1996 by the United Way and the city of Fort Worth's Volunteer Program (FAVOR); and named as a Health Care Hero by the Fort Worth Business Press in 2005. Survivors: Husband, Gomer W. Jones III; children, Gomer W. Jones IV of Fort Worth, Richard B. Jones of Sulphur Springs, Valari L. Vaughn of Lewisville, Shari L. Barefield of Colorado Springs, Colo., Scott F. Jones of Woodland Park, Colo., and Kristi M. Piazza of Centennial, Colo.; 17 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brother, Fred Ruddick.

Published in Star-Telegram on July 3, 2013
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