Calllie Ruth Carson Bloyd, known to her family and friends as Ruth Bloyd, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 8:40 pm after sustaining a critical head injury after a fall at home. Ruth was born in Houston, Texas on May 22, 1923, and was a graduate of Jeff Davis High School, received her BS at Rice University and her MS at the University of Texas. A child of the Great Depression, Ruth's family moved from Houston to Crockett for a few years but returned for her to graduate from Jeff Davis HS. Her first job out of high school was at Great Southern in downtown Houston. Feeling the call to serve her country, Ruth enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and after her basic training in Palm Beach, Florida, She served in Washington D.C, in the office of the Adjutant General. During her time in D.C., she was honored to have tea at the White House with Eleanor Roosevelt and after the death of President Roosevelt, she was privileged to march in his funeral procession down Pennsylvania Avenue. Following her marriage in 1948 to Ted Bloyd Jr., also of Houston, Ruth and Ted were blessed with the birth of their first child, Ted Carson Bloyd. Shortly after her graduation from Rice University, her daughter, Ruthanne was born. Their third child Kathryn (Kathy) Aline Bloyd was born in 1965, further blessing their lives. Ruth taught for twenty-five years at Austin High School in Houston. She was a beloved and much admired and honored math teacher who instilled a love of mathematics and a love for learning in her students. After retiring, Ruth and Ted moved to Warren, Texas. Following the death of her beloved husband, Ted, Ruth moved first to Waller, Texas to live with her son TC and his family and later moved to Bedford, Texas, to be with her daughters, Ruthanne and Kathy. In Bedford, Ruth attended First Baptist Bedford, enjoying her family and friends and spirited games of 42, Mexican Train and Texas Hold Em. Ruth believed in keeping her mind sharp and worked crossword puzzles, Sudoku and once she got her first iPad, Words with Friends on a daily basis. At the age of 90, she wrote her life story on her iPad and had it published by her children, a story of a strong woman with a true pioneer spirit, a woman who loved her church and her family and her Lord above all else. She celebrated her 90th birthday year with parties in Bedford, Houston and a trip back to Pam Beach to revisit her Coast Guard days of seventy years ago.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Ted and her two brothers, John and Jim Carson. She is survived by her three children, T.C. Bloyd and his wife, Andrea (Peppy) Leonard of Waller, Texas, Ruthanne Bloyd of Rota, Spain, and Kathy Bloyd of Bedford, Texas. She was blessed with three beautiful grandchildren and seven great grandchildren: Clint and Nikki (Bloyd) Derrick, parents to Liam, Walker, Kate and Seth; Travis and Julie Bloyd, parents to Timothy, Ty and Naomi; and Cody and Christina Bloyd. Ruth loved her family and is survived by her only remaining sister-in-law, Dolly Garner Carson, numerous nieces and nephews of the Carson, Bloyd, Thomas, Newman, and Pierce families.
Services for Ruth Bloyd will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Forest Park Cemetery, on Lawndale, in Houston, Texas. A visitation will begin at 11:00 am with a graveside service to follow at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to a charity of your choice. Ruth supported St. Jude's Children's hospital, the Salvation Army and her church, First Baptist Bedford. Her service will be a celebration of her life and her family asks that those attending celebrate with us and in honor of Ruth, wear bright, spring colors, her favorite was turquoise.