STEPHENVILLE - Ruth Ann Neblett Stephens, a retired educator, died at her home in Stephenville on Aug. 18.
She was born in Stephenville to Charles Neblett, Jr. and Ruth Clark. She married Sid V. Stephens of Seldon in Fort Worth on Nov. 12, 1955.
Mrs. Stephens attended public school in Stephenville. She graduated from Tarleton State University with a degree in elementary education and English. She received her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and her doctorate in educational administration, both from Texas A&M University. Her lifetime career was in education as a teacher and principal in Stephenville for 12 years and a professor of educational administration at Texas A&M - Commerce for 27 years.
Mrs. Stephens wrote and received state approval for the College of Education’s program of Instructional Leadership Training/Development, training required by the state for Texas administrators. She was one of only 17 educators trained by the Texas Education Agency to train trainers for the program. She then taught the department’s course in Instructional Leadership Training/Development to administrators and teachers. While employed full-time at the university, Mrs. Stephens served on many committees including time as a Faculty Senator for several years, then was elected vice president and chaired the Constitution and Organization Committee to rewrite the constitution. She was also elected to serve as parliamentarian, president-elect, and for two terms as Faculty Senate president. In 2005, she was designated Professor Emeritus of Education Administration/Leadership and retired in December 2005.
Mrs. Stephens served as a trustee of the Stephenville Independent School District from 2002- 2008. She always felt her experience in education gave her the knowledge to be an effective school board member.
Mrs. Stephens along with her husband Sid were Hereford breeders. They were well known in the cattle industry from Mexico to Canada. In 1984, she and Sid purchased Stephens Fuel Company, a family-owned business and then opened Stephens Country Corner in Hico, Texas, before selling it in 2009. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending time with family at her lake house in Granbury, and watching her children and grandchildren play sports. She was an avid sports fan and most enjoyed watching her beloved Texas A&M.
Survivors include two sons, Sid V. (Steve) Stephens, Jr. and wife, Sara of Hico and Jowell C. Stephens and wife, Winnie of Stephenville; daughter, Leah D. Miller and husband, Raymond of Stephenville; grandchildren, Bradley Stephens and wife LeighAnn, their children Faith, Adam, Jenna, Lucas, and Wesley, of Roanoke; Amber Stephens Quarles and husband Scott, their children Sara, Shai, Jaden, Izick, and Brady, of Stephenville; Kristin Hill, her children Lauryn, Gabriel, Harlee, Mathys, and Liam, of Stephenville; Van Collins and wife Jeanette, their children Owen, Dylan, and Evelyn, of Gatesville; Matthew Collins and wife Alisha, their son Corbin, of Santo; Christian Cruz and wife Ashley, their children Jonathan, Halley, Lilley, and Vyctoria, of Midland; Hector Cruz and wife Savannah of Midland; sister-in-law Dolores Neblett of Plano; and many nieces and nephews. Her husband, Sid V. Stephens (2004), brother, Charles Neblett III, sisters, Nancy Neblett Saylor and Susan Gay Neblett Dorsett, preceded her in death.
At Mrs. Stephens’ request, no services will be held. Memorials may be made to Northwood Church, Special Needs Ministry, 1870 Rufe Snow Drive, Keller, Texas 76248, memo Ruth A. Stephens.
Condolences may be sent to www.stephenvillefh.com.