Hodge, Alma Ruth (Harris)
Alma Ruth Harris Hodge died in her home in Dallas on February 15. Her daughter, Anne, was with her, holding her hand, when she died. Alma was 86.
Alma was born on February 3, 1935 in Pettigrew, Arkansas to Thomas and Desta Harris. The family established deep roots in Stilwell, Oklahoma. Alma had ten siblings, all of whom she loved dearly. Of
the seven brothers (Joe, David, Howard, Ray, Doyle, Richard, and Louis), Ray and Richard are still living. Of the three sisters (Eula, Nina, and Sue), Nina Harris Luce and Sue Harris Ball are still living.
A spunky, strong-willed young woman, Alma, at the age of 17, took the train to New Orleans to study nursing. She trained at Charity Hospital and became a nurse on the psychiatric ward. That is where she met the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Hodge, a medical resident training to be a psychiatrist. Alma and Bob were married in 1958.
Their son, David, was born in 1959. They moved to Dallas, Texas in 1961. Their daughter, Anne, was born in 1962. Alma loved her adopted city of Dallas and was an avid fan of the Cowboys, Rangers, and Mavericks.
Alma and Bob bought their home on Belclaire Avenue in 1966 and that is where they lived for the remainder of their lives. Alma loved her house. She liked to decorate, explore antique stores, and collect blue willow china. The consummate hostess, Alma’s house was a gathering place for family and friends. Alma hosted her friends at innumerable “sewing club” meetings where there were no sewing needles and “committee meetings” where there was no agenda.
Alma is survived by her four remaining siblings, her two children, David’s wife Julie, her two grandchildren Philip Hodge and Stephen Hodge, their wives Whitney and Hayley, her great-grandson Casey Hodge, and many nephews, nieces, and in-laws.
According to Alma’s wishes, a small portion of her ashes will lie with her mother in Stilwell, Oklahoma and the bulk of her ashes will lie with her husband in Oxford, Mississippi. A memorial service is being planned this summer in Oklahoma.
If you wish to make a donation in Alma’s memory, please consider an organization that supports the profession of nursing.
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It was such a nice pleasure to meet you, and what you had planned for my father just took my breath away. It was so special to hear you tell us how he would just come over to talk with you. I think it brought him much comfort. Tha you for putting that Air Force article of him on your website. I am going to have a replica made of the painting of his plane to give you. Thank you again for all you have done to honor our dad. Love, The Gillilands
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Anne and David,
Loved growing up next door to your family on Belclaire. Your mom was so sweet and always fun to visit with. She will be missed.Love, Sharon
Dear Hodge Family and All of Alma’s friends and relatives. I am glad to have grown up knowing the Hodge Family and their hospitality. Alma hosted many dinners for David and his friends to play cards and tell tall tales. My memories of an incredible Lasagna during cards, trips to The Farm in Princeton and Momma 2 and Daddy 2’s home in Oxford will remain with me forever. May The Peace of The Lord which passeth all understanding be with all during this time and forever more. Amen
Anne and David, your Mom was my second Mom!! Absolutely loved growing up with your family on Belclaire. Christmas tree wars, 4th of July parades with neighboring Lorraine block kids, and many spent night in your home. What a fabulous group of people on our block with fabulous friendships to some of the most downtown earth people! Fun times never to be forgotten! Love, Adrianne Booe Culwell (“A”)
Alma was like my sister “A” said, a second mom. I still remember your old phone number- LA8-1186 because I new who to call if our mom, Donna
Booe, wasn’t home. We used to refer to our moms as “Lucy and Ethel” because they were as fun together as the beloved sitcom “I Love Lucy “ your mom always had the BEST parties. I felt as close to you two as did my own cousins. Lots of love as d DCC support as you reflect on the wonderful memories of your dear mom. I feel grateful for all the special memories with your family. Love, MarthaBoo
I knew Alma Briefly but in that time I enjoyed being with her and Anne. I loved hearing her stories of when she was younger and meeting her sisters . My heart goes out to the family.