Ruth Ann Boswell of Gun Barrel City, a homemaker, civic leader and former Realtor passed away suddenly in Dallas Feb. 29, 2020. She was 80-years-old.
Ruth was an active member of many clubs throughout the lake area and had been for more than 20 years. She also was very involved with the First United Methodist Church of Mabank and was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many.
Ruth was born Ruth Ann Menser March 5, 1939, to Wayne and Ethel (Robbins) Menser in Culver, Ind. She graduated from Culver High School in 1957 and was employed by the State Exchange Bank in Culver.
On March 15, 1959, Ruth married Robert “Bob” Boswell, in Culver. At the time Bob was a recent graduate of Purdue University and was finishing his commitment as an officer in the U.S. Navy. They made their first homes in San Diego and Long Beach, California, followed by moves to homes in Milwaukee, Wis., Culver, Ind., Marshalltown, Iowa, Richardson and eventually retirement in Gun Barrel City.
Ruth was an active member and officer with the League of Women Voters in both Iowa and Texas and active in her church everywhere she lived. She was a full-time mother and homemaker prior to the Women’s Movement of the 1970s. In 1974, Ruth enrolled in college, becoming a full-time college student while raising her children. She graduated from college in 1976 and worked for Mid-Iowa Community Workshops and later Elim Lutheran Church in Marshalltown.
Ruth moved to Richardson in 1983 when Bob became the head of Midwest Spring Manufacturing Company in Dallas and she also became a licensed real estate agent, working for Henry S. Miller in Dallas. She and her husband purchased a weekend home in Gun Barrel City in 1988 and were weekenders for 10 years before moving to the lake full time upon their retirements.
Ruth was a charter member of the Cedar Creek Lake Literary Club and served as an officer or member of Best Friends of the Library, the Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club, the Civic League and the Mabank Garden Club until her death. She was a member of First United Methodist Church Mabank and participated in the Fun Bunch Joker Club and YAKS, as well as Pokeno Club in Gun Barrel City. She enjoyed traveling with Mary’s Tours and also took several cruises with her sister and her friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband’s parents, as well as her husband Bob, who passed away in 1999. She is survived by her sister Edna Mary Sperry of Plymouth, Ind., and her children Bob (Amy) Boswell of Rockwall, Connie (Mark) Holubar of Galveston and Kathleen (Randy) Boswell-Gregg of Shelton, Wash. Ruth had five grandchildren Trent (Asenath) Yarbrough of Heath, Adrienne Boswell of Allen, Tanner Holubar of Stillwater, Okla., Bret Boswell of Austin and Dylan Holubar of Garland, two great-grandchildren, her husband’s siblings, including Carolyn (Bob) Kline of Culver, Tom (Cheryl) Boswell of Kiawah Island, S.C., Jim (Linda) Boswell of Littleton, N.C., Susan (Richard) Boswell-Sears of Alexandria, Va. and many beloved nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Ruth was honored by her friends from the lake area at a celebration of her life March 6, 2020 at the First United Methodist Church. Private family services will be held later this spring in Culver, where she will be buried next to her husband. The family is directing memorials to the First United Methodist Church of Mabank Helping Hand Fund or FUMC Mabank Organ Fund at 501 South 3rd Street, Mabank TX 75147.