Ruth M. Johnson Boney, the 10th child of 10 children, was born to James Johnson and Lillie Miller Johnson on Sept. 22, 1922, in Rockdale.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at New Hope Baptist Church, 321 E. Third Ave., in Rockdale.
At an early age she accepted the Lord as her personal savior and was baptized at New Hope Baptist Church. She remained a faithful member until her death.
Mrs. Boney graduated from Aycock High School and went on to Crescent Beauty School in Austin, where she became a licensed cosmetologist in 1942. She then attended Paul Quinn College where she was an honor student. She received her B.S. degree in elementary education from Paul Quinn in 1949. She also did some graduate work at Texas Southern University and Prairie View A&M University.
She married the love of her life, David A. Boney, on April 20, 1946. To this union two daughters were born, Deborah and Peggy.
As an educator, Mrs. Boney taught in Bremond at Love High School for 15 years. She taught elementary education, directed high school plays, and coached girls basketball.
She taught in Cameron at Ada Henderson for seven years as a fifth-grade teacher. Later she moved home to teach for five years in the elementary department where she remained until she retired.
Mrs. Boney served as an election judge for 15 years, a deaconess, secretary of the senior choir, taught Sunday School Class No. 2, was chairman of Teacher Welfare, vice president of the Senior Choir and chairman of the Church Program Committee.
She also served as board member of the Library Board and board member of the Love & Learning Center.
Mrs. Boney was preceded in death by her husband, three brothers and six sisters.
Survivors are two daughters, Peggy Boney of Rock-dale, Deborah Gadison of Houston; two granddaughters, Ashley Carter (Jamal) and Lexas Gadison of Houston; a grandson, Jew Don Boney (Dorea) of Houston; three nieces, Gwen Taylor (Dr. Willie Taylor), Joyce Green, Ann Boney; a goddaughter, LuCatheryn Bird-well; and a cousin, Mary McFalls; as well as a host of great nieces, nephews, cousins and other family and friends.