Ruth Cothrum

Ruth Cothrum
August 27, 1939 – January 6, 2020

Her simple way of approaching things in life; her unconditional love of all humans; this true instrument of God’s peace on earth has passed away, Ruth Cothrum, 80, of Bryan, has moved from this life to the next, as she was embraced by the ever-loving arms of God. “I have kept the faith” is the legacy Ruth leaves behind for us all. A graveside service honoring Ruth will begin at 12 noon, Saturday, January 18, 2020, at Rest Ever Memorial Park. Services for Ruth are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers, Bryan-College Station.

Ruth was born in Dallas, Texas, on August 27, 1939, to Eddy and Mae Riddle Hay. Ruth was the only child of her parents. In her earlier days, this gifted young lady was destined to make great happening in her life and others. Her greatest joys in the world were her two children, Jack and Cookie. Ruth was considered the best and hardest working mom in the world. She may have struggled in life at times but her faith in God, in her Jesus, and in her St. Joseph; was solid.

Ruth was very open to her family, friends, and she truly never met a stranger. She was a model of true motherhood, grand motherhood; she loved unconditionally. Ruth provided for her children working in the service industry making sure every customer she served was given the utmost respect and dignity. Her joy filled heart was made known by her own little dances she would do while working. We will always remember her great love of French-fries for her favorite meal or snack. Her charisma of friendship, the underlying sense of humbleness was always in her heart. If anything she wanted you to know Jesus through her and her life.

She was committed to serving others, in her church, and community. Ruth was a greeter at St. Joseph Catholic Church Mass, in particular, the 5:30 Mass. Ruth welcomed every person as though it was their first time to the church and as a member of her family. She was employed with St. Joseph Church for twenty-two years. She served under Msgr. John McCaffrey and many Associate Pastors during her time. She would volunteer for funeral meals, and however else she could be of service to her St. Joseph Church family.

Her small family of her son, Jack and wife Peggy Cothrum; her daughter Cookie and husband Jerry Nucker; her family extends to her very close and personal friend, Betty Perez; her extended family of people she considered as her own children and grandchildren, Jodie Hodges, Shawna Roman, Kiara Roman, Scott Hodges, and Augie Roman; and other very special friends she considered as family.

Ruth’s family extends a very heartfelt thank you to the staff, the doctors, the caregivers at Lampstand for the wonderful and compassionate care given to their mother during her stay at Lampstand.

Memorial donations may be given to St. Joseph Church Funeral Meals Program, 507 East 26th Street, Bryan, Texas 77803in Memory of Ruth Cothrum,

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  1. Cookie & Jack, Bobby & I are so sorry for the loss of y’all’s mom. She was such a loving and caring person and treated me like her own as well as all the other neighborhood kids. We all have great memories of her from our childhood years through our adult years until she passed. She was like family to all of us and will always be remembered in heart and mind. Our deepest condolences to y’all and all the family.

    We love y’all,
    Robin & Bobby Penicka

  2. So sorry to hear of your loss. Your mother was a very sweet lady that always would stop at the house and say hi when she was on one of her walks.

  3. My Deepest Condolences to You & your Family. Cookie, I never knew your Mother growing up, But I did get to meet her @ LampStand, while I was there visiting another friend of mine. I know she had to have been a special lady, because of who you are. Love you girl, & God Bless you all.

  4. Cookie – I’m so very sorry to hear about your mom. A good heart has stopped beating, a good soul ascended to heaven. Sending you hugs and prayers my friend.

  5. Jack and Peggy,

    May the care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace during this difficult time.
    Our most sincere condolences.

    God bless you

    Nancy and Ciriaco Valdez

  6. Hi, my name is Christina and I worked as a Physical Therapy Assistant at Lampstand.

    I recently came upon this news that Ruth passed away and I wanted to reach out to you.

    I loved Ruth so much. She was always ready with encouraging words and a smile. And when time took it’s toll on her mind, you could really see her true personality shine through. She was generous and kind, even when she had every reason to be super or sad, she radiated joy.
    I brought my children to meet her a few times and she just lit up. I will miss her very much.

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