Sally Ruth Bright Hieronymus

FORT WORTH —Sally Ruth Bright Hieronymus was promoted to heaven on the morning of Thursday, June 25, 2009.

The funeral was Saturday at Thompson’s Harveson and Cole Funeral Home. She was buried in Rainbow’s Squaw Creek Cemetery

Ruth was born Nov. 14, 1914, to Polly Porter Bright and Silas Green Bright in her paternal grandparents’ home on the Bright Farm near the Rainbow Community in Somervell County. She graduated from Quanah High School in 1933 and completed requirements to become a registered nurse with the class of 1938 at Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo.

In April 1939, she married Charles Oscar Hieronymus. She gave birth to her daughter, Ruth Ann, in 1940 in Independence, Kan. Since Charles’ work as a machinist for Halliburton Energy Company moved him from state to state, Ruth provided nursing service in numerous locations. From 1954 to 1964, she was the only registered nurse working with Dr. Roger Marks and Dr. Robert English at the Marks-English Hospital in Glen Rose. After moving to Fort Worth in 1965, Ruth became a supervisor of Nursing Services at John Peter Smith Hospital from which she retired in 1979.

Ruth combined her superior traits of compassion and mercy with her excellent nursing skills to offer service. Nursing was her ministry. Wherever she saw a need, Ruth gave unselfishly with love and care to other people and to all living creatures.

At an early age, Ruth accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and committed her life to him as Lord. She had a love for sharing Christ’s gift of salvation through neighborhood evangelism and service with missions on the island of Jamaica. Ruth loved to sing with the church choir since she was a girl. At different periods since 1954, Ruth was a member of the Rainbow Baptist Church, The First Baptist Church of Glen Rose, Southcliff Baptist Church and Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth. At Wedgwood, she was active in the Esther Sunday School Class until illness prevented her continuing. Ruth loved and prayed for all her church families.

The family expresses sincere appreciation for the devoted care and nursing services provided by VITAS Innovative Hospice Care during Ruth’s final months, and by Integra Care Services during much of the past year.

Survivors include daughter, Ruth Ann Starnes and her husband, Charles, of Fort Worth; grandsons, Kevin Starnes of Fort Worth and Andy Starnes and his wife, Tish; great-grandsons, Carson and Grayson Starnes, all of Mansfield; nieces, Deborah Blanche of Montezuma, N.M., and Dixie Buss of Lenexa, Kan.

Published July 1, 2009

Glen Rose Reporter