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Ruth Evelyn (Howell) Wigley

August 22, 1934 ~ September 25, 2021 (age 87)


Ruth Evelyn Howell Wigley, 87, of Cooper, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 25, 2021.  She was surrounded by her loving family.

Ruth lived a long and wonderful life.  She was lovingly known by her family as Nana.  She was born on August 22, 1934 to Ralph and Beulah (Raborn) Howell in Windom, Texas. She graduated from Windom High School.  Ruth married Bobby John Wigley on December 19, 1953 in Windom, Texas.  This was the beginning of a 53-year marriage that was strong in faith, love, and happiness.  Bobby and Ruth shared many adventures traveling around the United States.  They had two children John Wigley and Janet Walker. 

After graduating from East Texas State University Ruth taught at Gober ISD while Bobby finished his degree. After graduating Bobby was stationed in Okinawa, Japan with the U.S.  Airforce. Ruth joined him there where she worked as a librarian on the base.  Upon returning to the states, they taught at Midland ISD and Gober ISD before moving and settling down in Cooper, Texas.  She taught at Cooper ISD first as a Home Economics teacher and then after completing her Master’s degree in Library Science she became the Librarian. 

After retiring, Ruth remained active in the community.  She was a member of Junior Afflatus, Garden Club and Bridge Club.  She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church where she served on many committees and was a long-time member of United Methodist Women and the Martha Sunday School Class.  Ruth volunteered at The Hope House and was a member of the Lamar-Delta County Retired Teachers.  She loved working in her garden, watching her Dallas sports teams, and drinking coffee with friends. Ruth was always ready to go and would be the first one in the car to watch anything her kids or grandkids were doing.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Beulah Howell and her husband Bobby. 

Ruth is survived by her son, John Wigley and his wife Paula of Hudson Oaks, Texas and her daughter, Janet Walker and her husband Kevin of Cooper, Texas.  Her grandchildren, Kristopher Walker and his wife Michelle of Corinth, Texas, Megan King and her husband Cody of Cooper, Texas, Matthew Wigley and his wife Keven of Weatherford, Texas and Daniel Wigley and his wife Susanna of Ft. Worth, Texas.  Her great-grandchildren, Rose Walker, Cora Walker, Genevieve Wigley, Waverly King, Forrest Walker, Benjamin Wigley and Finn King.  Two sisters, Mary Williams of Rockwall, Texas and Faye Graves and her husband James of Powderly, Texas, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services are scheduled for 10:00 am Wednesday September 29, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church in Cooper with Reverend Henry Suche officiating.  Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. 

Family will receive friends Tuesday September 28, 2021 from 6-8 pm at Delta Funeral Home. 

Serving as pallbearers are Kristopher Walker, Matthew Wigley, Daniel, Wigley, Cody King, Jim Williams and Russell Graves.

Memorials may be made in Ruth’s name to First United Methodist Church, Cooper, Texas or the Delta County Library.

You may your respects online at www.deltafuneralhome.com

Services entrusted to Delta Funeral Home.


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September 28, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Delta Funeral Home
451 Southwest First Street
Cooper, TX 75432

Funeral Service
September 29, 2021

10:00 AM
First United Methodist Church - Cooper
200 SW 1st Street
Cooper, Texas 75432

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