Ruth Hope


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Ruth Hope Statser

Feb 22 1918 - Sep 13 2008

Ruth Hope Colvard Statser of Prosper, TX passed away September 13, 2008, in Celina, TX. She was born February 22, 1918, in Stigler, Oklahoma to Lillie Victoria and Edward Everett Colvard. Following her father’s death, the family moved to Kinta, Oklahoma where Ruth spent her teenage years. She left Kinta to attend nursing school at St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa. She put herself through nursing school and finished 2nd in the State of Oklahoma on her State Boards for Registered Nurse. She and her two classmates boarded a train for Lowry Field, Colorado where she was commissioned 2nd Lt. in the United States Army. While at Lowry Field, she met her husband, Alvy James “Stats” Statser. They were married November 25, 1941. Stats soon left for duty in North Africa, Italy and France and they were separated for 2 ½ years. Their daughter Barbara Ruth was born prior to his departure. They lived in Sweetwater, Texas where two more daughters soon followed, Tricia Ann and Kay Lyn. Ruth and Stats then moved to Big Spring, Texas and a 4th daughter joined the family, Linda Beth. Ruth raised her daughters and worked as an RN in a pediatric clinic. She was well known by the children of Big Spring where her skill and compassion as a nurse shined. She lived a life of integrity, strength, wisdom and wit, sharing those virtues and passing them on to her daughters and their families. She will be missed by her loving family and many friends, who found her charm infectious. Ruth is preceded in death by her husband of 58 years. She is survived by daughters, Barbara Newell, Tricia Guidry, Kay Paine and Linda Dixon; sons-in-law, Don Newell, Earl Guidry, Lauran Paine and B.J. Dixon; grandsons, Scott Newell, Jason (Erin) Newell, Matt (Jenna) Guidry, Brody (Gina) Paine, Darin (Marisa) Paine, Jess and Michael Dixon; granddaughters, Tracie McDuff and Kileigh (Tye) Even; great grandchildren, Davis and Ryan Newell, Colton and Madison Newell, Conner and Mollee McDuff, Trystan and Colin Paine, Maryn Hope Paine and Haden Even. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 16, 2008, in the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel with Chaplain Rickey Hargrave officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, September 20, 2008, at Memorial Gardens in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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