Ruth Virginia Tilghman went to be with her heavenly Father on Dec. 12, 2012. She lived 93 years starting and is ending her journey in Mesquite, Texas. She will be laid to rest next to her husband, Theodore Lyle Tilghman, who passed away in 1978. They were married for 41 years. Ruth grew up during the Depression years, which engrained many enduring habits. Some were comical and some we would just shake our heads and accept. But, we could all learn some lessons in conversation and an appreciation for what one has from these older folks. And if you like something always buy two of them! When times were good "we're living in high cotton" would explain just how good things were. Ruth spent much of her youth working hard in cotton fields. Ruth lived in Hobbs, N.M. for over 50 years before moving to Las Cruces six years ago. She was an accomplished porcelain artist. She would modestly, but proudly share her blue ribbons won at the county fair. The details captured in each piece of china are truly amazing. Ruth was a member of the Lea County Extension Club and First Baptist Church of Hobbs and in Las Cruces. The family lived surrounded by oil fields in south Texas and Hobbs. Country life afforded a big garden in the summer and a menagerie of animals. There was always a warm meal and a safe environment for us kids. Preceding her in death were her parents and an older sister. Left to carry on her memories are a son Jim Tilghman and wife Peggy, of Albuquerque and a daughter Elaine Tilghman, of Las Cruces; her grandchildren Todd Tilghman and wife Kim, and Linley Ruth Biffle and husband Brian who live in the Denver area; great grandkids are Brooke (who shares the same birthdate) and Max Tilghman; Ben, Victoria, and Sydney Biffle. Here is to one tough lady! Truly rest in peace! Job well done! Arrangements are with La Paz-Graham's Funeral Home. To send condolences go to www.lapaz-grahams.com
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Dec. 14, 2012