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Fanny Ruth Thomas Houston

Memorial for Fanny Ruth Thomas Houston

Born in Austin, Texas on Jun. 26, 1925
Departed on Jun. 4, 2013 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Wednesday, Jun. 12, 2013
1:00 pm
Service: Thursday, Jun. 13, 2013
11:00 am
Cemetery: Evergreen Cemetery
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Fanny Ruth Thomas Houston, the first child born to Roger W. Thomas, Sr. and Eva Morgan Thomas, was born on June 26, 1925, in Austin, Texas. She is the oldest of nine siblings and was the first grandchild on both sides of the family—paternal and maternal. Both grandmothers were named Fanny.

Fanny Ruth's educational training started at Olive Street Elementary School, continuing at Kealing Junior High School and graduating from L. C. Anderson High School in 1941 at the age of 16. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Samuel Huston College (now Huston-Tillotson University), a Master's Degree from Prairie View A & M College (now Prairie View A & M University) and did additional graduate study at the University of Colorado, Boulder Colorado.

She was united in marriage to her one true love, Lawrence Edgar Houston in October of 1949. To this union, they were blessed with one child, a daughter, Lauralyn Elaine. Fanny Ruth accepted Christ at the age of six and was baptized at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Austin, Texas, under the pastorage of Reverend Jerome C. Lott. She remained an active member in attendance and participation until her health declined; she continued to support "her Church," Ebenezer, financially until the end of her earthly journey. A dedicated and supportive member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, she was a member of Mission II, Deborah Circle; Sunday School, Business and Professional Women Class; Public Relations Committee (She truly enjoyed preparing the bulletin boards and always had a special theme for her assigned month.); Vacation Bible School Teacher, and Ebenezer's Annual Woman's Day Observance serving on the Social Committee, Outreach Committee and the Decoration Committee on various occasions.

Fanny Ruth began her career in Lubbock, Texas as a teacher for one year. Upon returning home to Austin she began working in the Austin Independent School District, teaching at Blackshear and later Andrews Elementary Schools. Her teaching career expanded 42 years and over 30 of those years were at Blackshear Elementary School. A gifted and enthusiastic second grade teacher, she affectionately greeted her former students everywhere she encountered them.

Among her community service and organizational involvement: member of Texas State Association of Teachers, a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Alpha Kappa Zeta Chapter, a charter member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Southern Region Legacy Club, a "Zeta Dove," having been a Zeta over 50 years; a charter member of The Links, Incorporated, Town Lake Chapter; an executive member of the Original L. C. Anderson Alumni Association; member of The Grand Slam Bridge Club and the Stonegate Neighborhood Association An artistic and creative person, Fanny Ruth enjoyed embroidering, sewing, scrapbooking, interior decorating, traveling, arts and crafts, and shopping.

On Tuesday morning, June 4, 2013, surrounded by her family, Fanny Ruth quietly made her celestial transition at Christopher House, Austin Texas. She is forever loved by her daughter, Lauralyn Elaine Houston Jeter, Pflugerville; grandson, Lawrence Eugene Anderson Jeter, Pflugerville; eight siblings: Roger Thomas, Jr. (Georgia), Austin; Joyce Williams (Augustus), Waukegan, Illinois; Lucellastine "Shange" Woods, Austin; Narva Kirby (Therman), Houston; Mae Thelma Turman, San Antonio; George Richard Thomas (Cheryl) Austin; Donna Sue Clark (Alfred), Waukegan, Illinois and Linda Cherryl Thomas, San Antonio; four nieces: Marsha Bratton (Donald), Monica Woods, Eva Lee Andra Hicks (Earl), and Ri'Chard Thomas; six nephews: Tillman "Skeeter" Woods, Cory House, Richard Kirby, Gregory Karo, Jadaun Clark and Michael Thomas; three cousins: Mary Alice Bess, Judy Jones, Opal Thomas and a host of great nieces and nephews, cousins and life long friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Eva and Roger W. Thomas, Sr. and her husband, Lawrence Edgar Houston.

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