Ruth Balke Mullins passed away on April 8, 2014 with family by her side. She was loved by many. She touched countless lives throughout her 93 years of life. She was born on November 22, 1920 in Peters, Texas to Louise and Ben Balke. She was the youngest of eight siblings, Louis, Raymond, Benny, Arnold, Homer, Leola and Anita. Ruth graduated from Sealy High School in 1938 and attended St. Mary’s School of Nursing. She experienced great tragedy early in her life with the loss of her first family. Her husband, Quentin Bailey was a B-24 pilot in WWII and was killed in action. Soon after the death of Quentin, their young son passed away tragically. Ruth later married John R. “Rusty” Mullins, whom she knew from childhood, who was a decorated WWII B-17 pilot.
Ruth is preceded in death by seven siblings, her first husband and son and her late husband, John Russell “Rusty” Mullins, with whom she shared many, many years of joy and happiness. She is survived by her two sons: John Russell “Russ” Mullins Jr., and wife, Leah, and William Ben “Moon” Mullins and wife Danita; grandchildren: Amber Paul (Mike), Audrey Williams (Ben), Katy Hohman (Ryder), Kara Mullins, Corey Beth LaBuff (Skyler), Collin Mullins, Jacob Mullins, Rilee Mullins and Rusty Mullins as well as nine great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind her childhood friends from Sealy, Loulabelle Hover and Irene LeBlanc whose friendship lasted a lifetime. She will be greatly missed by an array of extended family and friends including numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Ruth loved life, loved people and created special bonds with each person in her life. She was always willing to give to others and help in any way possible and had an immense love for animals. She loved to dance. She loved music and could be found dancing in her kitchen to the sounds of Polka music, Glenn Miller, Louis Armstrong and the Big Band sounds of the war years. She loved her Texas A&M Fightin’ Aggies, roses, gardening, her special dog “Bingo” and spending time with friends and family. Ruth was always regarded as a special woman, even in her late years when the gift of speech escaped her. She was still able to impact those she came in contact with. Her warm brown eyes became a window into her heart and you instantly felt connected to her. You knew there was love as she would take hold of your hand and give it a kiss. We will always love you Queen Mother.
Pallbearers will be Collin Mullins, Jacob Mullins, Rusty Mullins, Mike Paul, Ben Williams and Skyler LaBuff.
Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Schumann, Mike Ellis, Jeff Ellis, Dr. Richard Henderson, Corey Aiken and John Paul Listowski.
Visitation will be held on Friday, April 11, 2014 from 5pm until 7pm. Funeral service will be Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 10:30am. The Reverend Billy Balke, nephew of the deceased, will officiate. Internment will follow at Grace Memorial Cemetery in Santa Fe, Texas.
The family wishes to extend heart-felt thanks to all the caregivers of Concord Assisted Living for the loving attention they gave to Ruth.