Ella Ruth Leonard

Mrs. Ruth Leonard passed away on Saturday, September 16, 2017, peacefully at home with her children surrounding and praying over her. Funeral service for Ella Ruth Leonard, 84, of Anderson, Texas will be 11 am, Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center. Ruth’s family will receive guests during visiting hours from 6 to 8pm on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Bryan City Cemetery; officiating is Rev. David Whitaker. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers Bryan-College Station.

She was born September 27, 1932 in Midway, Texas and lived in Bryan for 65 years. Her last residence was in Anderson, Texas for the last ten months. She was a successful businesswoman and entrepreneur.

Survivors include one son Mr. Joseph W. Leonard and wife Audrey of Bryan; seven daughters Mrs. Janeth Nevill and husband Michael of Anderson, Mrs. Laura Klesel and husband Dennis, Kay Leonard of Bryan, Mrs. Cindy Berridge and husband John of Katy, Mrs. Sherry Mushinski and husband Stephen of Hearne, Mrs. Sally Whitaker and husband Pastor David of Anderson, and Mrs. Jody Jasper and husband Bobby of New Braunfels; twenty-seven grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren; two brothers Mr. Frank Brinkley and Mr. Mac Brinkley of Willis and a sister Mrs. Mary Harrelson of Huntsville.

Mrs. Leonard was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Warren Leonard; her parents Willie Arthur and Elma Estelle Brinkley; her brother Billy Joe Brinkley and sister Hope White.

Honoring their grandmother as Pallbearers are Jacob Blaha, Jonathan Blaha, Joshua Blaha, James Klesel (Jimbo), Chad Leonard, Joey Leonard, Isaac Nevill, Matthew Nevill, Marcus Patranella, Ray Patranella, Joey Whitaker, and Payton Whitaker.  Honorary Pallbearers are her great-grandsons and grandsons-in-law Patrick Blaha, David Fields, D. J. Fields, Donovan Leonard, Brandon Klesel, Buddy Munsey, Lane Munsey, Ryan Nevill, David Preston, Hunter Simons, Todd Simons, and Zachary Yoemans.

Ruth’s family welcomes you making a memorial donation to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 West 26th Street, Bryan, Texas  77803 in her name.

Express condolences at CallawayJones.com


  1. I’m so sorry Sherry for your loss. Hugs to you sweety. Many prayers coming your way. Love you girl.

    Shannon & Kevin Bratton

  2. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to the Leonard Family. Heaven has gained another Angel. She was a sweet lady loved by all.

  3. Dear Friend I haven’t known you long but, the time I’ve been with you has been one of Joy, Love and Wit. Your love for your family unsurpass any I’ve seen. Your walk on earth was awesome but, your walking in Heaven now is incomparable. I send my prayers and condolences to the family. Blessings.

  4. Momma Ruth you were an amazing lady that I loved so dearly. You have blessed me with one of my best, life long friends. You will be so missed. Every time I make skillet biscuits I will think of you & smile.

  5. My deepest condolences to you Sherry. May God grant you peace that surpasses all understanding, to guard your heart and mind. I love you dearly classmate.

  6. Thanking God that Sister Ruth has received her promotion to
    Heaven; but missing her terribly.
    Thankful to the family for their Love and great kindness. Surely God is proud of how you all stayed and prayed and Loved together for her support and comfort. For how good and pleasant it is when brethren dwell together in unity.
    You as a family has exemplified the legacy of her life. What a great Blessing. It’s okay to mourn. Jesus said blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.
    God is faithful, who has promised you comfort and he is not a man that he should lie. So look for the God of all peace and mercy, to provide for you a great abiding comfort.
    May the Lord bless and keep you, with faith, hope and steadfast merciful love as you grow in grace. Stay blessed.
    We love you all.

  7. We are praying for all of you during this difficult time. We pray for the peace of God to cover you. We are so sorry for your loss. Our lives have been made richer to have known this great caring lady.

  8. I like to offer my deepest condolences to you all. Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength.

  9. Mom, since I have no other forum of saying any last words concerning memories of my life with you or any thing else I feel like sharing about you at your funeral than I remembered this forum. There is no such thing as last words. I always think of something I didn’t share or say to you, so last words are a “myth”. The things I will always cherish are the talks we had in complete privacy. You knew you could tell me anything and that it would go no further because zipped lips can’t talk. I was in a quandary the last time you stayed with me because I never could understand why I never moved off and left you and the girls. I really never understood why I couldn’t and didn’t leave you. I asked you if your apron strings were just to tight around me. Your answer to my question was “No, You never left because you knew that if I ever needed you for anything that you would be right here to help me. ” The proverbial question about what you liked came up today. I never asked you what your favorite flower was much less the color of them. So mom what else have I forgot .

  10. I WAS SO SORRY TO HEAR OF AUNT RUTH’S PASSING. SHE WAS THE BEST OF THE BEST. A VERY KIND AND GENEROUS LADY. I always remembered her with such admiration and respect