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Funeral Services for Mozelle K. Ruggles, 96, of Bellville were held on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 10 a.m. from Knesek Bros. Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Steve Olsen, officiating. 

Interment followed in Oak Knoll Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were nephews, Doyle Krumrey, Ron Krumrey, Alan Krumrey, James Woodrick, Bruce Ruggles and Don Ruggles.

Mozelle K. Ruggles was born on July 11, 1912, in Bellville, Texas, daughter of Emil and Wilhelmina (“Minna”) Schroeder Krumrey.

Her early years were on the family farm on Clear Creek, then, after 1922, on the Krumrey farm on the Buckhorn road. After graduation from Bellville High School, Mozelle worked as a bookkeeper at the First National Bank, then attended St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Houston where she became certified as a Registered Nurse. She practiced this profession in Houston for seven years.

She married Charles (“Zoo”) Ruggles of Bellville on Dec. 14, 1940 and moved to Crowley, La. where he worked for Humble and she for the U.S. Army as a fiscal clerk.

After Charles’ military service in World War II, the Ruggles lived in Bellville, Tomball, Baytown and Houston where Charles continued his employment with Humble (later Exxon); Mozelle worked a total of 11 years as a clerk for the local U.S. Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation office between 1938 and 1958, and two years for the San Bernard Electric Cooperative. In 1975 the Ruggles’ returned to Bellville, built a new home on the Krumrey farm, and lived there until 2008.

Mozelle Ruggles passed away on March 15, 2009, at Briarwood Manor Care Center.

A member of the First Baptist Church and the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary in Bellville, Mozelle became very proficient at oil painting, especially landscapes. Growing flowers and vegetables were enjoyed, as was camping in their travel trailer and spoiling their two dogs Suzie and BeBe.

Mozelle Ruggles was preceded in death by her husband Charles Ruggles, brothers Arthur, Walter, Edward and Gardner “Mac” Krumrey and sisters Hildegard Krumrey and Ora Nell Krumrey Woodrick. Surviving are many nieces, nephews and their children, all of whom loved their Aunt Mo.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to First Baptist Church, 504 E. Strauss, Bellville, Texas 77418, American Cancer Society, Austin County Unit, P.O. Box 501, Bellville, TX 77418 or Bellville General Hospital Auxillary, P. O. Box 977, Bellville, TX 77418.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of Knesek Bros. Funeral Chapel in Bellville.

Posted by Joy Neely


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