A funeral service for Mary Ruth Howell Washburn will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at McMillan-Satterwhite Funeral Home in Graham. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday Oct. 31, at Memoryland Memorial Cemetery in Greenville.
Mary was born Aug. 10, 1921, to parents Mary Goode Howell of Quinlan and Clem Hubert Howell of Van Zandt County.
Raised in Greenville and graduating from Amarillo High School in Amarillo in 1939, she married John Knox Washburn of Greenville in 1940.
Married for 60 years until John's death in 2000, Mary helped John with the family dairy farm until 1955.
They then moved to Dallas where she began her 40-year career as a licensed vocational nurse at Parkland Hospital.
Two years later the family relocated to Wichita Falls where she worked at Wichita General Hospital and University Park Clinic. Mary and John eventually relocated to Possum Kingdom Lake, where she continued her nursing career at Graham General Hospital and Graham Medical Associates until her retirement.
She and John were founding members of Westlake Chapel of Possum Kingdom Lake where she cherished her years as adult class Sunday school teacher.
Mary is preceded in death by her husband, John K. Washburn; her son, John H. Washburn; her siblings, Frank Howell, Virginia Vinyard and David Howell; and her parents, Mary Goode Howell and Clem Howell.
Mary is survived by sons, David Washburn and wife Dorcas of Wichita Falls and Michael Washburn of Possum Kingdom Lake; sister, Betty Ellis of Dallas; brother, James Howell of Dallas; grandchildren, Philip Washburn and Zach Washburn, both of Graham, Barbara Telford of La Center Ky., Meridith Barkley of Benton Ky., Frances Washburn of Austin, Jonathan Washburn of Ely, Nev., Sarah Washburn of Wichita Falls, Joshua Washburn of Midland, Chandra Birdwell of Leander, Gabe Washburn of Charleston S.C., and James Washburn and Kaitlyn Washburn, both of Olney; 10 great-grandchildren, Brittany Thomas, Mariah Barkley, Alayna Barkley, David Barkley, Nathan Washburn, Hannah Washburn, Theresa Birdwell, Ella Birdwell, MacKinsey Washburn and Sterling Washburn; one great-great-granddaughter, Cambria Thomas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Donations can be made to Westlake Chapel of Possum Kingdom or Hospice of Wichita Falls.