Ruth Stanford Bonner loved the color red, her apple dishes, making others laugh, breaking rules, her late husband James, and her daughter Judy Bonner Hataway. She was thoughtful, had no filter, headstrong, extremely dedicated and overall, not the least bit ordinary.
She entered this world on July 9th, 1928 and left it on May 5th, 2019 of a well-used and worn out heart. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, James. She is the youngest girl of 7 siblings and is survived by her daughter, Judy Bonner Hataway, her brother, Quinn Ray Stanford and her sister, Miriam Strahan. There are also two grandchildren, five great grandchildren and many other family members that loved her as ‘Granny’.
She married her high school sweetheart at the age of 17. Her mischievous and rebellious side was at its height her senior year of high school and is carried on today in her grandson and great grandson. That mischievous grin has stayed with her for 90 years. You always knew she was up to something. And it was NOT cheating at dominoes.
After high school, she attended secretarial school in Houston. Once she gained the necessary experience, she became a teller at Guaranty Bond State Bank. And then finally became her own boss as a successful branch manager of Heights Savings and Loan in Waller, Texas for years. She managed the Shiloh Cemetery books for years. After retiring from Heights, she was a driver for Lawrence Marshall Chevrolet.
In her younger years, she and James enjoyed many adventures with her sister Mary and her husband, Tom and lifelong friends, Evelyn and James Turlington. While Judy was growing up, the Bonner home was always the social center in Waller. Through the years, she became a master seamstress, sewing for work and pleasure. She could make anything she set her mind to. She made her own jelly, ketchup, ice-cream, funnel cakes, afghans and house shoes. She cost her family members a lot over the years bidding on her infamous Blackberry Wine. If you knew Granny, Ruth, Aunt Ruth, Miss Ruth, Mrs. Bonner, then you know her handiwork. Never one to do what she was told, she did things her own way – set her own path. She was loyal, faithful, funny, and 100% reliable. She made the best brownies on earth and they would show up in random places in town, College Station or Huntsville…sometimes as the only evidence that she was even there. She was also very lucky….she won almost every drawing she entered. And we won the lottery with her.
Her memorial service will be at Canon Funeral Home in Waller, TX on Friday, May 10th, 2019. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, followed by the service at 2:00 PM. Her final resting place will be beside her James at Shiloh Cemetery in Hempstead, Texas. Her pallbearers are Dale Flukinger, Clay Stanford, Steve Jordan, Bob Hataway, Brad Vick, Arthur Liere, and Gordon Niebergall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Hope Methodist Church, P.0. Box 6, Waller, TX.