On Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 at Homestead of Sherman, Ruth Elaine Havens, 89, passed away quietly and peacefully in her sleep, finally being released from the horrible grip of Alzheimer's after 11 years.|
The family will be at Bratcher Funeral Home for visitation from 2 -4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 at First Baptist Church in Denison, with Rev. Mark Mitchell.
Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Denison. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Ruth was born on Sunday, April 27, 1924 in Dolan, S.D., the daughter of Calvin Traver and Edna Blodgett Traver. She was first and foremost a Christian, member of the First Baptist Church of Denison and a dedicated mother who tirelessly raised seven children teaching them Jesus, to cook, sew, to garden, to love nature, a kind woman who controlled her words and actions, she was an avid quilter, a writer who in later life won a silver award for her writing of short stories, she had a love of reading, collecting purple glass and was a cheerful giver. She continued her love with her numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed!
She is survived by sons, Rodney Havens of Denison, Steve Havens and wife Debbie of Cedar Park, Joe Havens and wife Elvie of Warner Robins, Ga.; daughters, Elaine Chapman and husband Keith of Norfolk, Neb., Susan Garrett and husband Jeff of Newalla, Okla., Mary Jones and husband Ken of Pottsboro, Lisa Girdlestone of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.; brother, John Traver of Huntsville, Ark.; sister, Ella Watson of Huntsville, Ark.; grandchildren, Brett and wife Shirley Chapman, James Chapman, Tara Teague and husband David, Erik and wife Lisa Havens, John Sudduth, Rachel Sudduth, Hogan and wife Shannon Jones, Ben and wife Lindsay Jones, Hayley and husband Adam Stracener, Jessica and husband Chance Magouirk, Lori and husband Chris Smith, Josephine Havens, Erica Havens, Cara Williams and Kaitlyn O'Conner; great-grandchildren, Jade Chapman, Sean Chapman, Samuel Teague, David Teague, Makayla Havens, Luke Havens, Andy Magouirk, Aiden Magouirk, Kameen Smith, Ava Smith, Elijah Smith, Mara Sudduth, Luke Sudduth, Cailey Jones, Hollis Jones, Declan Stracener, Rowan Jones, Ava Jones, Olivia Jones, Javon Havens, Jeremiah Havens, Julian Biesel and Jasy Biesel.
She is preceded in death by her parents; brother Victor Traver; sisters Violet Sisk, Juna Grimes, Mildred Cordell and Hazel Holland and her former husband Weldon J Havens.
The family would like to send a special thanks to Homestead of Sherman and Heart to Heart Hospice for their wonderful care of our mother.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.bratcherfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Herald Democrat from Sept. 8 to Sept. 9, 2013