Ruth Stumbaugh College, 79, of Lufkin, was born April 7, 1928, in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and she passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2008, in a local hospital.
Mrs. College was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Upon graduation from high school, she worked for a number of years as a legal secretary and auditor to the law firm of Wingert, Long and Wertime in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. At age 58, she went back to school to continue her education. She was inducted into Gamma Beta Phi Society and was listed among Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. She continued to mentor and counsel numerous people throughout her life through her strong faith and love of others, sometimes even with great personal sorrow and suffering. She also did over 30 years of volunteer work, primarily with the mentally challenged. Mrs. College was a former Girl Scout leader. She was a member of First Lutheran Church, and as a youth, played the piano and organ for her church.
Survivors include her husband, David H. College of Lufkin; daughter and son-in-law, Linda College Sowarby and Gene Sowarby of Woodville; son, David E. College of Katy; sisters, Kate Cordell and Gladys Leininger, both of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; brother, John Stumbaugh of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Elissa Sowarby Moore of Diboll, Jon Sowarby of Woodville, Laura College of Houston and Jennifer College Waldman of San Antonio; 4 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
Mrs. College was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Pearl Stumbaugh; sisters, Edna Stoner and Mildred Slichter; and brother, Ralph Stumbaugh.
Pallbearers will be the leaders of First Lutheran Church.
Expressions of sympathy in Mrs. College's memory may be made to the Lutheran Blind Mission at First Lutheran Church, 1001 Atkinson Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75901.
Services for Mrs. College will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 21, 2008, at First Lutheran Church, with Pastor Michael Monterastelli officiating. Interment will follow in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park.
Friends are invited to visit with the family from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening at Gipson Funeral Home.
Gipson Funeral Home; Philip Snead, director