Ruth Elnor Bengtson
By Scoggins Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Alstyne
Jun 1, 2019
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Van Alstyne, Texas -- Ruth Elnor Bengtson, 76, beloved wife, mom, grandma, and friend, was called to her heavenly home on Friday, May 31, 2019. 

Ruth was born on September 8, 1942 in Huntington, West Virginia, the daughter of Armour and Irene Simpson of Ironton, Ohio.  Following graduation from Ironton HS in 1960, Ruth moved to Washington, DC to work as a stenographer for the FBI.  Later she moved to Columbus, OH where she met the love of her life, David Bengtson.  They had been married for 54 years.

Although she was involved and supported many worthwhile causes in her community, her full time effort and love was always as Homemaker, Mom and Grandma.  She was totally devoted to her family, always available to share a word of encouragement with her children and grandchildren.  She was an example to her family and friends of the importance of building a personal relationship with Jesus and how to show his love to others.  She encouraged many with her hospitality, often sharing her homemade bread or pies along with her handwritten notes of inspiration.  Mom was an adventurer—often flying with her husband in their small plane to different places.  

She will be remembered most for her unwavering faith and love for her Savior Jesus Christ.  She was a humble servant and prayer warrior for her Lord.  Mom loved reading the Bible, quoting her favorite scriptures, and singing beloved hymns.  She always looked for ways to encourage others in their faith and to share the story of God’s saving grace in her life.

Ruth is preceded in death by her mother Irene and father Armour, brother Dale and sister Patty.  She is survived by her husband David, daughter Julie Waters and husband Brad, sons Todd and wife Stacy, Derek and wife Sheri, and Devon and wife Kathryn, and 10 grandchildren.

“She opens her mouth with wisdom and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” Proverbs 31:26.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ovarian Cancer Research or charity of your choice.

Services are under the direction of Scoggins Funeral Home & Crematory, located at 637 W. Van Alstyne, Pkwy. Van Alstyne, TX; 75495. 903-482-5225.

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