Ruth Williams Thompson passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, in Flagstaff.
Mrs. Thompson was born Nov. 28, 1917, to Dr. Ralph Lee and Julia Hill Williams in Columbus, Ga. When she was 14, her father died and the family moved to Manchester, Ga., to live with her grandfather. She graduated from Manchester High School and attended La Grange College in La Grange, Ga. She then went to Flagstaff and attended what is now Northern Arizona University, majoring in music and education. Ruth sang in Dr. Eldon Audrey’s “Shrine of Ages Choir” as they performed on the rim of the Grand Canyon at Easter. She enjoyed being “out west” and was dubbed “Georgia Peach” by the students.
She met G. Carl “Pete” Thompson in Flagstaff, and they were married in 1940 and moved to Texas A&M, where he was teaching in the Economics Department. Because of his love for horses, he decided to study veterinary medicine in his “off hours” and received his degree in 1948. He was offered a job in Asuncion, Paraguay, and the family (including a boy and girl born in Texas) moved there.
After two years in Paraguay, they were transferred to Lima, Peru, where two more girls were born. Mrs. Thompson had a kindergarten in her home, taught Sunday school and belonged to different study groups of the Woman’s Club, including flower arranging, painting and Peruvian Cultural. While visiting friends in Ecuador, she was invited to go with all the dignitaries on the first narrow gauge railroad trip down the Andes to Guayaquil.
In 1958, when her husband became ill, the family moved back to the U.S., settling in Holbrook. While her husband recuperated, he worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the northern half of the state, and she became active in church work and the rearing of the four children. She was accompanist for her children when they sang or played their stringed instruments. They eventually built a ranch house in Perkins Valley and moved there in order to keep horses.
After moving back to the states, she accompanied her husband on a consulting job to Kenya, Africa, for a month. They stayed at several ranches and she enjoyed so much watching the different animals, giraffe being her favorite.
She was previously a member of the Altar Guild, belonged to the local art group and painted many beautiful paintings to be enjoyed by many. She was part owner, with three friends, of The Store, which specialized in original clothing, imports and crafted wares.
She was truly a lady with righteousness, honor and integrity. “Her children arise and call her blessed.” (Proverbs 31:28).
She was preceded in death by her husband, G. Carl Thompson (1998); her sister, Julia W. Moore; her daughter-in-law, Myrna W. Thompson; and her parents, Ralph and Julia Williams.
Survivors include her children, Carl Switzer Thompson (Evelyn) of Peoria, Julia K. Williams (Robert) of Farmington, N.M., Lucy L. Roberson (Wallace) of Holbrook and Patricia T. Tubbs (Adrian) of Holbrook; her grandchildren, Chris Thompson (Kelli) and children Jacob and Sarah, Troy Thompson (Jennifer) and children Haeley, Samantha and Britany, Kolbe Williams and children Quinn, Sadie and River, Megan Engelstad (Andrew) and children Matthew and Anna, Jordan Williams (Lorra) and children James, Caroline and Nathanael, Price Williams (Hollie), Holly Phillips (Rodney) and children Alijah and Avaleah, Tilden Roberson, Timothy D. Tubbs and Ruth (Ruthie Bell) E. Tubbs; and cousins Mildred Shaver of La Grange, Ralph Willliams Hogg of Thompson Station, Tenn., Martha Parmar of Pine Mountain, Ga., and Jamie Williams of West Point, Ga.
Private services will be held for the family.
Contributions may be made in Ruth’s memory to Olivia White Hospice House, P.O. Box 997, Flagstaff, Ariz. 86002.