Jessie Ruth Daw
Jessie Ruth Daw, 88, went to be with her Lord on May 15, 2023. Most called her Ruth–except those who were fortunate to call her Mother, Mom, Grandmother, Gram, or Sister.
Ruth was born in Nacogdoches, Texas on Jan 14, 1935, to parents Jesse and Jewel Rogers Baker. She married the love of her life, Cooper Arlen Daw, on Oct. 1, 1953. They were devoted to one another through more than 65 years of marriage, and raising their six beloved children together was one of her life’s greatest joys. As Cooper’s career moved them across the country, she had a gift for making a loving home and forming deep friendships wherever they landed.
Ruth moved through her life with a smile and a song of praise on her lips. Her beautiful voice blessed many a Church of Christ congregation. She enjoyed traveling and expressing her love for God’s creation through gardening and birdwatching. She was strong, gracious, generous, humble, and most of all, unfailingly kind. She loved the Lord with all her heart.
She is survived by her children Karen Ruth Daw, Susan Diane Daw and wife Dianna J. Thomas, Roger Trent Daw and wife Marcia Crawford Daw, Phillip Wayne Daw and wife Diana Hutchins Daw, and Carol Jane Cailler; daughter-in-law Debra Murphy Daw; grandchildren Jesse Clay Daw, Jeremy Patrick Daw, Jonathan Kyle Daw, Phillip Joel Daw, Katherine Rebecca Daw, Jeannie Daw Martinez and husband Saul Martinez, Emily Rose Daw and husband Aaron Robert Boyle, Justin Michael Daw and wife Leslie Nelson-Daw, Eric Phillip Daw and wife Amanda Burkhalter Daw, Rachel Elah Hillock and husband Dustin Gene Hilllock, and Eli Cooper Cailler; great-grandchildren Cooper Nelson Daw, Lachlan James Daw, Lola Ruth Hillock, and Arlen Burk Hillock; sister Robbie Baker Bayard; sister-in-law Eleanor Baker; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, son Randall Arlan Daw, daughter-in-law Mary Mercer Daw, brother Roger Baker, and brother-in-law Pete Bayard.
A graveside service will be held at the Salado Cemetery in Salado, Texas at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 19. A memorial service will be held at Creekside Church of Christ, 6113 Jack Finney Blvd, Greenville, Texas at 1:30 PM on Saturday, May 20. All friends and family are invited to both services.
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. Thank 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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What a beautiful woman. She was an inspiration to us all in serving the Lord. I Will never forget her beautiful smile. God’s speed Ruth, and peace be with the Daw family.