Jacqueline (Jackie) Ruff Walter, 91, of Robinson, formerly of South Bosque, passed away August 2, 2017 surrounded by her family at The Brazos of Waco. Services will be Sunday, August 6 from 4:00 to 4:30 pm, at Pecan Grove Funeral Home, 3124 Robinson Drive, with Pastor David Cozart officiating. Visitation will immediately follow until 6:00 p.m., at the funeral home. Private graveside services will be Monday, August 7, at 9:00 am at Harris Creek Cemetery in South Bosque.
Jackie was born February 26, 1926, to William Homer and Annie Mae (Bickel) Ruff in McGregor, Texas. She graduated from South Bosque High School. She married Arvis E. Walter on June 3, 1944, and became a Navy wife, writing letters to Arvis every day and then moving to Idaho for a short time to finish out his tour of duty. They shared a wonderful life for 72 years, until Arvis’ death on February 24, 2017. They lived in the South Bosque community surrounded by special family members that would meet in the evening in their front yard, on Bosque Lane, and visit and laugh and enjoy life. Jackie worked at Library Binding Company for 25 years.
Jackie loved attending their Harris Creek Baptist Sunday school class, which was led by special family members, Nolan and Willie Boyd. Mom was a very shy person, but she loved this group of people and felt very comfortable in their presence. Jackie grew up near the original Harris Creek Church, again surrounded by many aunts and uncles and family. Next to Arvis, “family” was the most important part of her life. She took over cooking holiday meals for the “Ruff” family after her mother passed away and kept alive the tradition of family holiday celebrations. She loved camping with the Walter family.
She was preceded in death by her husband Arvis, her parents, and two brothers, Frederick (Dude) Ruff and Donald Ruff, a sister Jean Helton and a special sister-in-law, Shirley Walter.
She is survived by her daughter, Susan Smith and husband, Jim, of Robinson. Granddaughters, Amber Clemons and husband, Chris of Robinson and Ashley Ellis and husband Eric, of Lorena, three great-grandchildren, Halen Mae Clemons of Robinson, Braxton Jones of Lorena, and Jack (name sake) Clemons of Robinson, a favorite sister-in-law, Dorothy Walter, of South Bosque who was a childhood friend, and sister-in-law Ima Walter of McGregor. She also leaves to cherish her memories, her sister-in-law’s: Mary Leard and husband, Tom, of Terrell, Virginia Mudge and husband, David, of Whitney: brother-in-law, Billy Joe Walter of South Bosque and several nieces and nephews.
Donations can be made Meadowbrook Baptist Church 1207 N. Old Robinson Road, Robinson, TX 76706 and designate “Homebound Ministries”.
Special thanks to Bluebonnet Hospice, Westview Manor, and The Brazos in Waco for their care of Mom during her battle with Alzheimer’s.