The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

March 29, 2014

Mary Ruth Stiefer

Palestine Herald-Press

Funeral services for Mary Ruth Stiefer, 90, of Palestine, will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 31, 2014 at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with the Rev. Ricky Smith, the Rev. Nathan McBride and Zachery Smith officiating. Interment will be at Meador Cemetery.

Mrs. Stiefer passed away Thursday, March 27, 2014 in Flynn.

She was born Aug. 30, 1923 in Jacksonville to the late Esley and Lois Saulters.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Rev. Edward Buster Stiefer; son, Elvis Stiefer; son-in-law, Jerry Pitts; and grandsons, Kevin and Corey Ramsey.

She is survived by her sons, Ed Stiefer and wife Freddie of Jacksonville, Bob Stiefer I and wife Becky of Martins Mill, Mark Stiefer I and wife Karen of Beckley, W.V.; daughters, Mary Pitts of Bullard, Wanda Jones and husband Ernest of Palestine, Pam Willingham and husband Glenn of Noonday, and Terry Smith and husband Pastor Ricky of Flynn; 27 grandchildren; and 48 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Tommy Wiggins, Jeff Malone, Craig Jones, Bobby Stiefer II, Brandon Stiefer, Mark Stiefer II, Steven Stiefer, Michael Stiefer and Zachery Smith.

Honorary pallbearers will be Anthony “Nino” Gallina, Timothy Weisser, Wesley Jones, Richard Pitts, Micky Udy, Matthew Hatfield, Nathan McBride, Linden Willingham and Harrison Willingham.

Visitation will begin on Sunday, March 30, 2014 with family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville.

Memorials may be made to Traditions Hospice Health Care 1520 E. Main St., Madisonville, Texas 77864.

The family would like to thank Maranda and Drew of Cozart Funeral Home in Normangee for all their care and assistance.