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4520 Bosque Boulevard
Waco, TX 76710
Phone: 254-772-5272
Fax: 254-772-5695
Ruth  Steinke

Ruth Steinke

Monday, June 9th, 1930 - Thursday, March 14th, 2019
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Ruth “Ruthie” Murphree Steinke, 88, took her Savior’s hand and entered her Heavenly home on March 14, 2019.
A Celebration of her life will begin on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 as the family will receive visitors from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., at OakCrest Funeral Home, with funeral service following at 11:00 a.m., with Pastor Lee Farmer, and Chaplains Mike Ferguson and Merry Wilburn officiating, with burial to follow at Mart Cemetery. She was a member of Harvest Time Revival Center of Waco.
On June 9, 1930, Ruth was born to Ottis C. “Bill” Murphree and Lois B. Murphree in Waco, Texas. In 1949, she graduated from 4-C Business College in Waco. Upon graduation, she moved to Pasadena, California and worked as a purchasing agent for Ford Building Materials. She spoke fondly of her three lifelong friends, Edie, Ellie and Lilly from California, their adventures on Catalina Island and the Rose Parade festivities.
In 1951, she began her career at General Tire & Rubber Co., in Waco. While there, she met T. D. “Tilly” Steinke. On March 5, 1955, they married and they celebrated 53 years together. The newlyweds initially travelled with T.D.’s job, later settled down and raised two daughters.
For several years, Ruth owned a small Waco business; however, she sold it and became caretaker for her mother and other family members. She was a kind and giving heart and helped many along life’s way.
Ruth showed unconditional love and support for her family. She enjoyed family and church gatherings, rainy days, small dogs, flowers, hummingbirds, gospel and big band music, westerns and travel. She had a witty sense of humor- enjoying or hearing a good story or joke. She always had a “twinkle” in her eye and a joyful laugh.
In 1986, the family traveled to the Middle East where she was baptized in the Jordan River. Later in life, she became a born again Christian-her most cherished experience.
She was preceded in death by her husband, T.D.; parents; and brother and wife, O. E. “Sonny” and Elsie Murphree.
Her life was a testimony to her faith and she will be lovingly held forever in the hearts of her daughters, Darlene Steinke and Mary Allen. She was a fun loving “Grannie” to Samuel Allen and Sarah Allen Schroeder and husband, Luke. Ruth will be missed by many extended family, nieces, nephews and her Aunt Margie (102 years young), whom she loved dearly.

Ruth lived a beautiful, blessed life and now she is Home at Last.
Honoary pallbearers are: Sam Allen, Steve Murphree, Pat Murphree, Mike Murphree, Tim Murphree, Charlie Buckingham, III, Roy Gene Buckingham, Daniel B. Smith, George Steinke, Max Steinke, Glenn Davis, David Zimmermann and Floyd Miller.

The family wishes to extend thanks to the Providence Hospice Staff
and PHP for their unending support, love and the blessing they
have been to our family-our earth angels.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Harvest Time,, Providence Hospice, Or other charity of your choice.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    OakCrest Funeral Home
    4520 Bosque Boulevard
    WACO, TX 76710
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  • Service

    Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 11:00am
    OakCrest Funeral Home
    4520 Bosque Boulevard
    WACO, TX 76710
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Mart Cemetery
    454 South Johnson
    MART, TX 76664
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Laurie Lutter

Posted at 08:06pm
Darlene & Mary - Over the miles our thoughts and prayers are with you. Memories of Aunt Ruth always start with a glowing smile that was reflected in her eyes. During our Texas visits she was always so welcoming, gracious and quick with a laugh for us "Northerners". Aunt Ruth so clearly enjoyed her life fully, lived her values and treasured her wonderful family - Uncle TD, Darlene, Mary, Sam and Sarah. May you find strength in knowing love prevails, tears cleanse, memories comfort and faith soothes. Love, Laurie, Derek and Taryn

Janice (Sykora) Gilbreath

Posted at 06:39pm
Darlene, I remember your mom so well, she was always glad to see us when we (you, me, and other Darlene) stayed at your house. I'm sorry for your loss and please know my thoughts are with you. Also tell Mary hello, it has been so long since I have talked or seen any of you. If you are staying in Waco now, please call me sometime. I would love to catch up. Janice (Sykora) Gilbreath

The Lutter girls, Linda, Lisa and Laurie

Posted at 10:20am
With wonderful memories of our dearly loved Aunt Ruth.
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Robert,Darla and Austin Oliver

Posted at 02:54pm
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Tessa Slovak

Posted at 08:52pm
Mary and family, Im so sorry for the loss of your precious Mother, may the memories of her always be in your heart. God bless, Tessa
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