of Pioneer Family Member
Ruth Hughes Taylor
February 26, 1924 - April 13, 2009
Ruth was a true native Carrollton, Texan. Her parents' families were early
settlers in this area. Ruth's father, George Hughes, owned a farm at what is now
Josey and Trinity Mills and a grocery store in downtown Carrollton. Her mother,
Mable Miller, was from Greene County, Illinois.
In 1930 George Hughes built a fine brick home for about $5,000 near downtown
Carrollton so "Little Ruthie" wouldn't have to ride the bus to school. In
seventh or eighth grade, Ruth was a member of the first band in a Carrollton
School, and continued to participate through Carrollton High School and college.
She was the first female member of the North Texas State College Band in Denton.
After college, Ruth worked at Westinghouse Electrical Supply Company and
Engineering & Manufacturing Corporation of Texas (later Baifield Industries). In
1955 Ruth married Weldon Taylor at First Baptist Church, with Dr. Fred White
officiating. The couple adopted seven-year-old twin girls, Sharon & Karen in
1962. In 1966 their son, Ronald, was born.
Ruth was a lifetime member of First Baptist Church Carrollton, serving as a
Sunday School teacher, Training Union positions, and Girls Auxiliary. Ruth and
her husband, Weldon, donated three acres for the First Baptist Church building
on Josey Lane. Previous memberships included Morning Garden Club, Women's Study
Club (now Carrollton Womens' Club), Beta Sigma Phi, Peters Colony Historical
Society (Charter Member).
Ruth is survived by husband, Weldon, daughters, Karen Husfelt and Sharon
Johnson, son, Ronald and their families.
Due to age and declining health, Ruth and Weldon moved to Florida to be near
son, Ron, and his wife, Colleen. A graveside service was held in Dunedin,
Florida on April 22, 2009. On May 9, 2009 at 10:30 a Memorial Service will be
held at First Baptist Church Carrollton.