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Verna Ruth Spindle, 92, entered into eternal peace on Thursday, August 3, 2017, in Gainesville, Texas.
Ruth was born on January 10, 1925, in Pickton, Texas, to Edd and Dora Ethel Alford Pharr. The family moved to Valley View where she met the love of her life, Clifton Horace Spindle. He became her soul mate, her best friend, and the love of her life. They married on November 16, 1940, and their union lasted for 70 years.
Though she spent most of her life devoted to raising her children and helping on the farm, she had one stent in her later years working in the Justice of the Peace office in Valley View where she totally spoiled the highway patrolmen of Cooke County with her infamous cream pies.
She loved spending time at their cabin on Lake Texoma and at their winter home in Port Isabel. She also loved traveling with Clifton in their RV. They were equally avid fishermen and dropped a hook every chance they got. Ruth was always at the ready for wicked games of dominos and Skipbo. She also enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, and painting. Her favorite pastime, though, was family gatherings and spoiling her many grandchildren.
Ruth was a kind and gentle soul; she had a loving and generous heart, and always opened her arms to others. She had a quick wit, a devilish smile, and an infectious giggle. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
She leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her daughters Jeanette Doty of Denton, Sue Luthi and husband Dick of Gainesville, Annette Straubmueller and husband Mort of Corinth, Kay Barclay of Valley View, Joye Williams and husband Mack of Sanger, son Cliff Spindle and wife Trina of Valley View, 38 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great grandchildren, brother-in-law Floyd Spindle, sisters-in-law Joann Belz and Frances Helton, special nephew Howard Ashcraft and wife Frieda, and lifelong special friend (little sister) Evelyn Anne Calhoun.
Ruth was predeceased by her beloved husband, her parents, grandson David McFarlin, granddaughters Ashli Spindle and Courtney Smith, son-in-law Teddy Barclay, grandson-in-law Roman Juarez, and granddaughter-in-law Beth Straubmueller.
Services will be held Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of Valley View with Rev. Glen Kersey officiating. Interment will follow in the Valley View Cemetery. The family will receive friends for a visitation at the Coker Funeral Home in Sanger, Texas, on Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Pallbearers will be Don McFarlin, Doug Vandever, Casey Barclay, Chris Wesley, David Spindle, Derek Spindle, and Howard Ashcraft.
The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the ALS Association or to a charity of your choice.
Special thanks to the staff of Wheeler Place Assisted Living and to Stacy Childress, her special caregiver, for their love, care, and support.
Published on August 3, 2017
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