She met the love of her life, John Carr Wilson, and they were married on June 5, 1947. They met on a blind date and were proud to have recently celebrated their 65th year of marriage.
John and Ruth lived in El Dorado, Ark., the first part of their married life where they raised their family. In 1979, they moved to Longview where John continued his career with Murphy Furniture. Ruth was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church and unselfishly gave of her time and talents to serving as elder and on numerous committees.
In 2003, John and Ruth moved to Tyler to enjoy retirement near their family. Ruth loved her involvement at First Presbyterian Church of Tyler and cherished the garnered friendships within the church.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Birdie and Archie Murphy; brothers, Allen Murphy and Bill Murphy; and sister-in-law, Jackie Murphy.
She will be greatly missed by her family and a host of friends who were the beneficiaries of her kindness and sincere gestures of love. Whether you knew her as Ruth, Nana, Aunt Ruth or Mom, she endeared herself to everyone. Her life energies were spent in complete devotion to her family. She had friends of three generations, young and old, who loved her and will miss her beautiful smile.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 230 W. Rusk St., Tyler, 75701; St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, Gifts for Haiti Fund, 4110 Sinclair, Austin, 78756; or the Haiti Education Fund, P.O. Box 10775, El Dorado, Ark., 75730.