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Ruth Alyne Dolbee

February 14, 1921 - November 20, 2016

Obituary


Ruth Alyne Callahan Dolbee, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother passed away peacefully on November 20, 2016. Born on Valentine's Day, 1921 in Hale County, Texas near Plainview, Ruth was the youngest and only daughter born to Joseph Callahan and Callie Gober Callahan. She grew up on a west Texas farm milking cows, raising hogs and chickens, and tending a huge garden. Ruth and her grandmother Pris loved to walk through the orchard and eat every strawberry they could find. From her grandmother, Ruth learned to make doll clothes and quilts, a talent she...

Ruth Alyne Callahan Dolbee, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother passed away peacefully on November 20, 2016. Born on Valentine's Day, 1921 in Hale County, Texas near Plainview, Ruth was the youngest and only daughter born to Joseph Callahan and Callie Gober Callahan. She grew up on a west Texas farm milking cows, raising hogs and chickens, and tending a huge garden. Ruth and her grandmother Pris loved to walk through the orchard and eat every strawberry they could find. From her grandmother, Ruth learned to make doll clothes and quilts, a talent she put to good use for her daughters years later.

The family moved to Hereford, Texas in 1934 where Ruth graduated from high school in 1938. She was proud to be selected to ride on a Chinese rickshaw in the Mother-in-Law parade to honor Eleanor Roosevelt and to be chosen football queen her senior year. In January, they moved to Ft. Worth, where Ruth worked at North American (General Dynamics) until she married Walter John (Jack) Dolbee, Jr. at the Carswell AFB chapel on March 19, 1947. They made their home base in the Handley section of Ft. Worth and for the next 15 years she traveled the world with her soldier husband raising four children, sewing, crocheting, cooking, and being a proud officer's wife. After retiring as a Major in 1961, Jack built and served as the Administrator of Hurst General Hospital for another 17 years while Ruth ironed choir robes for the church, made cookies for the scout troop, and drove the children to their various activities. She enjoyed relaxing at their Weatherford lake house (while Jack fished) and bragging about her children and grandchildren.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Major Walter John (Jack) Dolbee Jr., her eldest son Captain Walter John Dolbee, III and her grandson Scott Dolbee. She is survived by her three children, (Carolyn Dutson, Jackie Hixson, and Chuck Dolbee and their spouses, Todd Dutson, Paul Hixson, and Tammy Dolbee), seven grandchildren (Debbi Hayden, Walter Foulkes, Captain Kevin Stuessy, Rachel Dozier, Marla Yonis, Chris Dolbee, Kelli Dolbee), and many nieces, nephews, & delightful great-grandchildren whom she adored.

The family wishes to acknowledge the amazing people who cared for Ruth these past few years. Marlene and Diana at Home Instead: she loved you and your cooking! A heartfelt thanks to everyone at Gruene Senior Living for filling her last years with so much joy and laughter.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital or Mutts & Mayhem (a non-profit animal rescue of McKinney, TX.). These were two of her favorite charities. Services will be held graveside at Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery, located at 7301 E Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76112 on November 25, 2016 at 11am.