Ruth Evelyn (Vanderslice) Baber of Crestview, Fla., passed away Jan. 5, 2013, at North Okaloosa Medical Center.
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She was born Feb. 11, 1928, in Texarkana, Ark., to C.W. and Ethel Vanderslice.
She was employed for many years with Day and Zimmerman in Texarkana, Texas, before moving to Crestview in 1973. She owned and operated Ruth's Craft Shop in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., before going to work for Harris/GSSD Corp. in Fort Walton Beach, where she worked until her retirement. In her retirement, she was a volunteer for many years at North Okaloosa Medical Center and she was a member of Senior Circle.
Her younger years were filled with horseback riding and she belonged to the Texarkana Quadrille Club (square dancing on horseback). She was an avid outdoor sports fan and enjoyed most all outdoor sports, especially football. Go Dallas Cowboys.
She was a member of First Baptist Church, Grace Sunday School Class, and the Joy Club in Crestview.
She is preceded in death by her parents, C.W. and Ethel Vanderslice; brother, J.M. Vanderslice; nephews, Gary Vanderslice and Larry Phillips; brothers-in-law, Larry (Pete) Phillips of Texarkana; and Thomas Lan from Benton, La.
Survivors include her daughter, Vicki R. Jordan (David); granddaughter, Bonnie K. Sapp (Shane); great-grandchildren, Izaiah, Nathaniel and Alyssa Sapp all of Crestview. Also surviving are her three sisters, Jeanette Phillips, Joyce Mitchell (Albert) of Texarkana, and Carolyn Lane of Benton. Her three surviving brothers are C.W. Vanderslice (Jean) of Texarkana, Akin Vanderslice (Delores) of Longview, Texas, and Kenneth Vanderslice (Pat) of Waco, Texas. Also surviving are her former husband and lifetime friend, John E. Baber, of Crestview, as well as her longtime friend, Nelda Janzen, from Fayetteville, Ark., and her sister-in-law, Shirley Vanderslice. It is not complete without mentioning her dear little dog and constant companion, Rascal.
A time of visitation will be held Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at Davis-Watkins Crestview Memorial, 492 East Pine Ave., Crestview, FL 32539, from 5 until 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at a later date at East Funeral Home in Texarkana.
The family will be at the home of Jeanette Phillip in Texarkana.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lupus Foundation or a local animal shelter.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.daviswatkins.com. Local arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Watkins Crestview Memorial.
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Jan. 8, 2013