August 19, 1935 ~ January 8, 2021

Born in: Clarkson, TX
Resided in: Bryan, TX

The youngest of five siblings, Helen Ruth Bell was born to John Andrew Bell and Lillian McCollum Bell on August 19, 1935, in Clarkson, Milam County, Texas. She passed into the arms of her savior, Jesus Christ, on January 8, 2021. Her father was killed in an automobile accident in 1942 and her mother moved the family to Bryan in that year.

Ruth began her career in banking at the City National Bank in the early 70’s as a teller, and she retired in 1999 from First American Bank as supervisor of customer services. She held several positions in banking throughout those years such as head teller and vice president of teller operations. She met many people in her work, some of whom became friends.  She was an entertaining conversationalist and was sought out at parties and social gatherings by people who enjoyed her gift of gab and her hilarious sense of humor.

She married Joe Malazzo at age 16 and they raised four children: John Randall, Stephen Rick, Leisa Jo, and Tara Leanne. Joe jokingly remarked that he raised five children and only one was a disappointment. Sadly, their marriage ended in 1993 when Joe died at a young age. In 1996 she married Sandyr Scarmardo. They spent their retirement years traveling and spending time with their family.

Ruth was predeceased by her parents; first husband Joe of 42 years; second husband Sandyr of 24 years; brothers, Marvin Andrew Bell and John Alton Bell; sister, Dorothy Bell Garrett; and special grandson, Garrett Joseph Maliska at age 17.

Survivors include her children, Randy (Judy), Rick (Sharon), Leisa (Stan), and Leanne; her grandchildren who lovingly called her Mimi: Meredith Simpson, Ryan Maliska (Hailey), Tara Venghaus (Jason), Kiel Malazzo (Erin), Travis Malazzo, Matthew Malazzo, Colbert Drgac, Erin Drgac, Leisa Drgac, Rejy Bacchus (Tara); great grandchildren, Connor and Grayson Simpson, Cambree White, Ellie, Adam, and Blayke Venghaus, Adalyn, Tommy, and Zane Bacchus; her sister Mildred Ricca (Johnnie); sister-in-law Polly Centilli (J.D.) and thirteen nieces and nephews who called her Ruthie.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 pm Monday, Jan. 11, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center, 3001 S. College Ave in Bryan. Her life will be celebrated and honored at 10am Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Central Church, 1991 FM158 in College Station, with Tim Skaggs officiating. A private family interment will follow at Restever Memorial Park Cemetery in Bryan. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers of Bryan College Station.

Ruth requested that memorial contributions be made to Central Church Children’s Building Fund.

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  1. My heartfelt condolences to the entire family . I know she is going to be missed by many . Love and prayers to all .

  2. Ruth was such a beautiful lady and a doting mother and grandmother. I always admired her. This personable obituary is a beautiful tribute to her life.

  3. GOD bless our Aunt Ruth. We will miss her bubbly personality and the beautiful flowers that she loved to post on Facebook. Aunt Ruth took care of me like her son when I was a Senior in high school. I will never forget her love and how she made me feel during a difficult time in my life.

  4. Leisa and Leanne, my heart and prayers are with you and your family. Watching the video tribute brought back so many memories growing up in Calvary Baptist Church. May God be with you and comfort you through your loss.

  5. I was so saddened to learn of Mrs. Scarmardo’s passing. My parents knew her, Mr. Malazzo, and Mr. Scarmardo for many years. She was a lovely lady who raised a fine family. My prayers are with those who love and miss her. May your memories of a life well lived provide comfort. God bless.

    • Leisa, I just heard of your mother’s death. I’m so sorry for your loss and will be praying for your family during this difficult time. I worked with her and know what a wonderful lady she was. The best thing is that you know where she is today because of her faith. Please let me know if I can do anything for you or your family.

  6. I was so sorry to hear that Ms. Ruth passed away. She always had a hug, a smile for me, and always asked about my Mother. I will always remember her kindness. May she rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  7. When I think of your mother I think of beauty and elegance. She always had a smile. It was an honor to sing at her wedding to Mr. Sandyr. God bless y’all. I will not be able to come to any service because I am keeping our new baby. She is surrounded now by many people that she loves.

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