Ruth Leon Russell

August 31, 1924 ~ May 19, 2022 (age 97)


Ruth Leon Russell, 97, left this life at 6:50 am on May 19th, 2022 in Alamogordo, New Mexico.  She was born on August 31, 1924 in Brownsfield, Texas to Horace and Carrie P. (Houston) Jones.

Ruth deeply loved her family and her horses putting them before herself on a daily basis and cared for them until she was no longer able to walk.  She was dedicated to her family and only asked that they love her in return.  She was a good woman who set high moral standards for her children.  Ruth treasured the little things in life such as Irises and kittens, and she talked to the television, especially when she disagreed with the commentary. 

Ruth loved her husband, her children, her extended family, and her animals.  Her husband, her family, and her animals cherished her in return.  She was a beautiful flower in the garden of their lives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vivian Russell; her son, John Benjamin “Benny” Ayers; her mother, Carrie P. Jones; her father, Horace Jones; five brothers and one sister.  

Ruth is survived by her daughter, Claudia and son-in-law, Ron St. Clair of Rio Rico, Arizona; her daughter-in-law, Anne Ayers; her granddaughter, Melissa Hildebrandt; her grandson, Russell Howard Ayers; her two great grandchildren, Colin and Austin Hildebrandt of Las Cruces; her adopted daughter, Tammy Baker; two adopted granddaughters, Tianna and Kaidyn Lawrence of Alamogordo.  Mrs. Russell leaves behind her two younger sisters, Mrs. Ruby Smith of Houston and Mrs. Dorothy Benedict of Eureka Springs, Arkansas along with numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved very much.

The funeral service for Ruth Russell will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, May 27, 2022 at Alamogordo Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Monte Vista Cemetery.

Pallbearers include Ron St. Clair, Russell Howard Ayers, Joe Hildebrandt, Bradley Jones, Ron Jones, Michael Baker, and Colton Baker.

The Russell family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.

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Funeral Service
May 27, 2022

11:00 AM
Alamogordo Funeral Home
2301 First Street
Alamogordo, NM 88310

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