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Ruth M. Marler, 99, passed away peacefully at her home in Bandera, Texas on February 8, 2021, in the loving arms of her daughter, Connie. Ruth was born on April 5, 1921, in Knoxville, Tennessee, and was just two months shy of her 100th birthday. Ruth married Charles H. Marler in 1941, who served as an Air Force chaplain for over 27 years. Her husband’s service entailed many reassignments all over the United States as well as overseas to foreign countries. In 1972, they retired in San Antonio, Texas, where they were active in local churches. They were married for 58 years until her husband’s death in 1999.

Together, they had three children, Connie, Chuck, and Phil, six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. All of these she loved and touched deeply. Ruth is remembered for her sincere kindness and love for others. For many years, even into her early nineties, she volunteered to drive elderly people (who were younger than her) in her yellow VW bug to their medical appointments. Her life was a living example of the Bible verse, Ephesians 4:32: And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.

There will be a viewing on Tuesday, March 9, between 5 and 8 pm at Mission Park Funeral Chapel, 3401 Cherry Ridge Drive, San Antonio, Texas. The memorial service will be held the next morning on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at the same Mission Park Funeral Chapel. After a private interment at Fort Sam Houston cemetery, everyone is invited to celebrate her life at 1:30 p.m. at the Flying L Resort, 566 Flying L Drive, in Bandera, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Johnson University c/o Phillip Eubanks, 7900 Johnson Drive, Knoxville, TN 37998, which Ruth had consistently supported during her life.