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Billie Ruth Farris Aitches passed away peacefully on the evening of October 11, 2012 in San Antonio. Her family wishes to thank the PCU staff of the Northeast Baptist Hospital for their care and kindness extended to our mother for almost a month. Mama was especially grateful to Dr. Ferguson, the palliative care doctor who brought her such peace. We appreciate Dr. Nasreen sending him to us.
Billie Ruth was born on June 1, 1923 in San Antonio, where she lived almost all of her long and beautiful life. A graduate of Brackenridge High School and Santa Rosa Nursing School, she enjoyed a productive career as a registered nurse, a profession she began by serving in England in World War II. It was there she met and married Anton Augustus Aitches, the love of her life, who predeceased her in 2009. She is survived by her five children: Mariana Aitches, Kathleen Anders (Kenneth), Sharon Lueck (Robert), Colleen Aitches (Donna Copsy), and Scott William. Her eight grandchildren will also miss her: Kendall Anders, Kristen Jones, Benjamin Lueck, Anton Aitches, Matthew Lueck, Nicolas Aitches-Gavrizi, Rebekah Lueck, and Michael Lueck. Her great love of family extended to her eleven great-grandchildren, her many nieces and nephews, and to her own siblings: Myrt Yantis, Orville Farris, and her surviving siblings Min Jones and Burris Farris. Mama also loved her friends, too many to name, including the members and pastors of Central Christian Church. Pastor Nelson Torres was her saving grace through many trials.
Billie Ruth Aitches touched the lives of so many people. She put her whole heart into everything she did, from raising her children to coming up with puns to dressing up for costume parties to working for the San Antonio Conservation Society. But in recent years she invested her considerable talents and energy into sewing hundreds of dresses and bibs for the children of Inman Christian Center. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held on Wednesday, October 17th at 10:30 a.m. at Central Christian Church, 720 N. Main Ave. Arrangements are pending for a burial service at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider making a contribution to Inman Christian Center, 1214 Colima Street, San Antonio, TX 78207.
Published in Express-News on Oct. 14, 2012