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Mary Ruth Bugg Morton


Services: Have been held. Mary Ruth Bugg Morton, 89, died Friday, May 11, 2007. Mrs. Morton was born on Dec 13, 1917 to A.H. and Myrtle Bugg in Toyah, Texas. The Buggs were a west Texas pioneer family. Mrs. Morton's paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Bugg came to Texas in a covered wagon from Missouri after the civil war and homesteaded near what is now Sterling City. In the spring of 1918, the Buggs packed up baby Ruth Bugg and her four older siblings and moved to Big Spring. Mrs. Morton loved to remember and tell stories about that exciting time in the 1920s when growing up in a home with 10 children was never dull, her family said. On Dec 3, 1934 Ruth married the love of her life, W.B."Jack" Morton, who was reared on a small farm near town. In 1946 the Mortons moved their family, now grown to four, with the addition of daughter LaDean and son Howard, to Tucumcari. In Tucumcari they farmed and ranched until 1976, when Mortons retired to Springdale, Ariz. In 1991, Jack Morton died, and in 1999 Ruth moved back to Big Spring. Mrs. Morton was preceded in death by her parents, A.H and Myrtle Bugg; sisters, Jessie McKinney, Almarie Williams, Evelyn Hauser and Joyce Green; and brothers, Finis Bugg and Henry Bugg. Family survivors are: a sister, Dorothy Thomas of Big Spring; daughter, LaDean Lewis of Dallas; a son, Howard (Rosalie) Morton of Artesia, N.M.; grandsons, Mark (Julie) Lewis of San Antonio, Brian Morton of Artesia and Greg (Judy) Lewis of Weatherford, Texas; granddaughters, Dana Morton of Artesia and Carolyn (Tim) Culling of Dallas; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements are by Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home of Big Spring, Texas.
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