Billie Ruth ‘B. Ruth’ Henry

Billie Ruth “B. Ruth” Henry, 89, a lifelong resident of Burnet County, died Oct. 1, 2012. She was born on Nov. 14, 1922, in the Turkey Bend area of Burnet County to William Henry and Dollie Hood Phillips.

The majority of her life was spent with Lester Lafayette “Pete” Henry, her husband and companion of 55 years. They had a dream of owning their own ranch and eventually shared one on the land that contained the school she and her sisters rode to on horseback and that she attended through her 11th-grade graduation.

When not on the ranch, she and her husband were cornerstones of the congregation of the Vanderveer Street Church of Christ. She spent many hours cooking, serving food and helping with various activities at her church and at the local nursing home. She also had a passion for helping at the Cherokee Children’s Home and generally fit the definition of someone with a servant’s heart.

In her later years, before moving to a nursing home, she spent many hours chasing her grandchildren.

She will be missed by many.

Survivors include son Charles Eugene “Gene” Henry and wife Linda of Georgetown; grandchildren Kellie Strain and husband Carter of Burnet, Valerie Henderson and husband Jacob of Lancaster, Calif., Alicia Graham and husband Robert and Brad Henry and wife Lacey, all of Georgetown; great-grandchildren Logan Strain, Caden Strain, Kayla Strain, Ciaus Strain, Brett Henderson, Brenden Henderson, Shane Henderson, James Graham, Luke Henry and Eli Henry; sister Joyce Anna Gay Phillips Jarvis; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and longtime friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son Larry Stillman Henry; and siblings Ernest Lee Phillips, Elma Lorene Phillips and Ruby Estelle Phillips Sylvestor.

Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Oct. 3 at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home, 306 Texas 29 East in Burnet, (512) 756-2222. A funeral service is 2 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Vanderveer Street Church of Christ in Burnet with Tim Denton officiating.  Burial will follow at Smithwick Cemetery.

Pallbearers include Brad Henry, Kelvin Keele, Troy Ellett, Elton McCoy, Rex Lastly and Rusty Squyers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vanderveer Street Church of Christ or to the Cherokee Children’s Home.

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