DENISON - Eileen May Ruff, 78, of Denison died Friday, May 3, 2013 at her home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Denison with the Very Reverend Don Perschall officiating. A private burial will be held at Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman. Cremation is under the direction of Dalton and Son Funeral Home in Lewisville.|
Honorary pallbearers will be, Craig Gocke, Daniel Bushman, Cory Thornton, Matthew Bushman, Michael Bushman and Clarke Richards.
She was born in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England to Ethel M. and William B. Chambers. She attended boarding school in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England. She married John G. Ruff on April 19, 1954 in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England.
She worked for Levi's and Nabisco in Denison and was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Denison. She belonged to the Yellow Rose of Texas Paint Club and British Wives Club.
Eileen Chambers and John Ruff met in England where John was stationed with the U.S. Air Force. They recently celebrated 59 years of marriage.
While raising four daughters, the Air Force took them to Minnesota, North Dakota (where Eileen became a US citizen), Germany, back to England, Wisconsin and finally to Texas.
Eileen's hobbies included painting, knitting and reading. She loved music, fossil hunting, the sea and the sun, and a good cup of tea. She truly enjoyed sharing all these and more with her children and especially her grandchildren. Eileen and John also enjoyed traveling to see family and friends across the U.S. and abroad.
She is survived by her husband, John G. Ruff of Denison; daughters, Debbie Gocke and husband Craig of Sugar Land, Texas, Sheryl Thornton of Texas, Shawna Ruff of Spring, Texas, Robin Bushman and husband Daniel of North Potomac, Md.; grandchildren: Angela Thornton of Texas, Kelsey Gocke of Pearland, Texas, Cory Thornton of Texas, Allison (Gocke) Richards and husband Clarke of Edmond, Okla., Matthew Bushman of Baltimore, Md., Michael Bushman of North Potomac, Md.; sister: Enid Vesci and husband Casper of Fairfield, Calif.; brother: David Chamber and wife Gladys of Cirencester, England; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her beloved mother and stepfather Ethel M. and Henryk Zacharewicz, father William B. Chambers, brothers Robert and Frank, and sisters Maureen and Diane.
She will be remembered for her smile, wit, and strong love of family. Eileen was proudest of her four daughters and six grandchildren.
She never met a stranger and leaves behind many, many friends.
The Ruff family wishes to express their deepest gratitude for the loving care and compassion shown to Eileen by Guardian Home Health, Heart to Heart Hospice, and Davita Dialysis Center in Denison, and the numerous physicians and their staff who cared for her.
Donations may be made in Eileen's name to St. Luke's Columbarium Fund, www.stlukesepiscopalchurchdenison.org, or M.D. Anderson Hospital, www.mdanderson.org/gifts.
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Published in The Herald Democrat on May 7, 2013