By The Mercury

Ruth Irene Albin, 74, of Keller, Texas, died on Jan. 5 at Heritage House of Keller.

The family provided some of the following information.

Ruth Irene Josephine Brinkhous was born in Gothenberg, Neb., on Jan. 28, 1939. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Rachel Brinkhous; two older brothers, Dean and Dale; and her twin sister, Rose, who died at birth.

A Celebration of Life Service will be at 4 p.m. on Monday at Hillside Community Church, 9915 Ray White Road in Fort Worth,Texas. A reception will immediately follow at the home of Curt and Christy Albin, 807 Tahoe Lane in Keller, Texas.

Ruth was born and raised on a farm in Gothenburg, Neb. and graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1956. She attended Nebraska State Teacher’s College immediately following high school. She married Jim Woodburn on June 22, 1958, in Holdredge, Neb. She then divorced and married Richard Albin of Manhattan on June 18, 1963, in Kay County, Okla.

Ruth, known by some as “Woody,” raised her family in Manhattan and was manager of McCall’s Shoe Store for more than 20 years. She spent the last 25 years of her life in Texas, living with her daughter Natalie until she required specialized medical care and moved into the Heritage House of Keller in December of 2012.

Her grandchildren and the many children that were in her care over the years, affectionately called her “Nana Boo.” She loved helping the children in her community by volunteering her time at New Hope Preschool and Willis Lane Elementary. Ruth was a very active resident at Heritage House and served on their Resident Advisory Panel and Social Committee. She took a special interest in getting to know each of the residents and serving them in any way she could.

She is survived by her daughters Dawn Wofford of San Francisco, Calif., Nanci Skidmore and her husband Jim Skidmore of Olathe, and Natalie Smith and Phil Staten of Keller, Texas. Surviving grandchildren are Joe, Grace, Lauren, Landon, Logan, Layton, Cassidy and Sydney.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for Hillside Community Church, Willis Lane Elementary School and Heritage House of Keller and can be sent in care of Natalie Albin Smith, 2110 Ridgecliff Drive, Keller, TX 76248.

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