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Ruthie Lee Martin

Memorial for Ruthie Lee Martin

Born in Austin, Texas on Oct. 6, 1925
Departed on Mar. 31, 2010 and resided in Austin, TX.
Service: Monday, Apr. 5, 2010
1:00 pm
Cemetery: Evergreen Cemetery
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Ruthie Lee Harris was the youngest girl born to the union of James Harris and Ludie Brothers on October 6, 1925, in Austin, Texas. She professed her life to Christ at an early age at Center Union Baptist Church, Creedmoor, Texas.

As one of her childhood cherished memories, Ruthie won a spelling bee. During her school years, one of her favorite past times with her sisters was playing basketball. Ruthie graduated from Anderson High School.

Ruthie always stated that she was waiting for her man to return for her. In 1946, Robert Martin, Jr. returned home from the military to court Ruthie. On June 20, 1947, Robert and Ruthie were married in holy matrimony at New Hope Baptist Church, in Austin, Texas. To this loving union, no children were born.
After their marriage, Robert and Ruthie Martin moved to Oakland, California. Together, they became devoted fans of the Oakland As and Raiders, and loved to attend the roller derby. With her keen eye to details and organizational skills, Ruthie worked as a part-time bookkeeper. She also provided her loving touch to care for families.

Ruthie loved family, gardening, exercising, cooking, and dancing. Blue being Ruthie's favorite color, she collected blue glassware. She also collected antique porcelain teacups.

Due to the failing health of Rena Martin, Robert's mother, in 1985, Robert and Ruthie returned to Austin, Texas making their home on Limerock Hollow.
On March 31, 2010, God whispered to Ruthie, "Well done, good and faithful servant." [Matthew 25:21] And, she transformed to be with the Lord.

Ruthie was preceded in death by her parents, James and Ludie Harris, 14 brothers, and 7 sisters.
With a smile a mile long, and kisses for everyone she met, she leaves to cherish her memories: her husband, Robert Martin, Jr., her last sister, Ruby Jean Harris of Denver, Colorado, and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, great greats, and great great greats. Ruthie also leaves her "play" sister and brother, Billie and Ross Shuller, her sister-in-law, Ella Jones, as well as her loving friends Michael and Linda Samilpa, and Teresa and family, Toni Marie Trujillo and her "adoptive" son, Reuben Trujillo.

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