In Memory of




Obituary for Ruth E. Houston

Ruth Estella Houston was born to Tracy Steen and Willie Ragland Steen on September 22, 1931 in the city of San Antonio, Texas. She is the fifth child born to this union. She attended schools in the San Antonio Independent School District, graduating from Phyllis Wheatley High School. While continuing her educational journey at St. Philip's College, she excelled. Following her early graduation, she chose a "life of service", earning the designation of Licensed Vocational Nurse. Ruth Estella's Nursing Career began at the Robert B. Green Hospital. This "essential worker" later served the Santa Rosa Hospital System and ultimately rendered service to our Military Community as a Nurse in the infamous Burn Unit, of Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC). While still at BAMC, she also served families as a Nurse in Labor and Delivery. Ruth Estella was married to Roy B. Houston. In 1977, Ruth Estella was blessed to become the mother of Traci L. Houston. She devoted her time, her talents and her treasures to her friends, to her family and most of all, to her daughter, Traci Lynn. Ruth Estella accepted Christ and was baptized at the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor S. E. Steward. For 92 years, Ruth Estella led a magnificent life, honoring God with her service, and loving her neighbors, as herself. Ruth, affectionately known as "Mother Houston", was a very active church member. She first attended Ezra Missionary Baptist Church, serving as the Church Secretary, under the leadership of Pastor William Edward Cruse. Ruth Estella ultimately found her "family", when she united with Greater Love Missionary Baptist Church. She dearly loved serving her church and her Pastor, Dr. Lester J. Gillespie, Sr. She served Greater Love until her health failed, considering nothing too good for her Lord, for her Pastor, and for her church. Ruth was also a hospitable and loving asset to her neighborhood and community, and often provided care for her neighbor's children, ensuring they made it home safely.