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Celebrating the life of
Alice Stinson
March 03, 1925 - December 25, 2013
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Memorial Service
  • 11:00am - Saturday, January 11, 2014
  • St. John the Divine
  • 2450 River Oaks Blvd. (Map)
    Houston, Texas 77019

  • (713) 622-3600
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Alice Hughen Stinson, known to her family and friends as Ruth, passed away on Christmas night, December 25, 2013 after a long illness.

Ruth was born on March 3, 1925 in Richville, Alabama, located in her beloved Coosa County, to Marvin and Eunice Hughen. She attended Rockford High School and after graduating worked as a secretary in Rockford, Alabama. In 1946 Ruth moved to Montgomery, Alabama where she worked for the state government, and lived at her aunt's wonderful Victorian boarding house downtown. Also at the boarding house was a recently returned World War II army veteran, Archie Stinson, who also worked for the state government in the Highway Department. After a brief romance, they were married in August of 1946.

After working for several years, Ruth retired from the state government when her son Robert was born in 1952. In 1958 her second child, a daughter Judith, was born. Ruth was a devoted mother to her two children and supported Archie as he developed his career as a bridge engineer for the highway department, and later as he developed his own business producing shop drawings for bridges as Stinson Drafting Company.

Ruth lived in Montgomery until 2007 when illness brought her and Archie to Houston, TX to be close to their children. Ruth was an avid gardener and president of the Town and Country Garden Club. She and Archie were charter members of Ridgecrest Baptist Church where Ruth was a member of the women's organizations at the church as well as a long time Sunday School teacher. Ruth worked as a volunteer at the Baptist Hospital of Montgomery as a "pink lady" for 35 years and loved her work in caring for the patients and supporting the hospital staff. She also followed University of Alabama football with Archie, who was a member of the Red Elephant Club and the Ivory Club.

Since moving to Houston, TX, Ruth lived at the Holly Hall Retirement Center and made many new friends among the other residents and staff. Before her illness incapacitated her, Ruth attended St. John the Divine Episcopal Church with her children.

Ruth is survived by her children Robert Stinson and Judith Cowan as well as Robert's wife Mimi. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Elizabeth Yanev, Laura Cowan, and John Cowan, her sister Lillie Hughen, and her brother Cyrus Hughen. She is predeceased by her beloved husband Archie Stinson, her parents Marvin and Eunice Hughen, and her sister Frances Logan.

After graveside services in Montgomery, Alabama attended by the family, a memorial service is planned for Houston. The date and time of the service will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make gifts to the Alzheimer's Foundation

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