Ruth Lillard

Ruth Lillard

Saturday, April 25th, 1931 - Tuesday, July 21st, 2020
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Ruth Lillard
April 25, 1931 – July 21, 2020

Sadie Ruth Lillard, 89, of Valley Mills, Texas, passed away on July 21 after a courageous battle with COVID-19. Because of the pandemic, the immediate family only will be in attendance at her funeral on Sunday, July 26, at OakCrest Funeral Home in Waco. Friends and family can view the service on OakCrest Facebook page streaming live at 2:30 p.m. Pastor John Wheatley of First Baptist Church of Valley Mills and Pastor Harley Gordon will officiate. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery for immediate family.

Mrs. Lillard was born on April 25, 1931, in Riesel, Texas, to the late Amy Jane and Jim Lasseter. She was the 8th of 19 children. Their family shared love, laughter, and singing throughout her life, and still do. She graduated from Waco High School in 1949. In 1959, she met and married the love of her life, the late Bud Lillard (Papa).

Together they raised 3 children, daughter Debbie, and sons Sonny and Johnny Lillard. Ruth is survived by her 3 children and their spouses, daughter Debbie Marable and husband Paul, of Valley Mills, Texas, son Sonny Lillard and wife Gracile, of Rockdale, Texas, and son Johnny Lillard and wife Mary, of Rockwall, Texas; grandchildren, Jenny Terrell and husband Kelly, John Martin, Brandon Marable, Carey Cox and husband Jon, Blake Marable and wife Amy, Derek Lillard and wife Sabrina, Josh Lillard, Lindy Lillard, Noah Lillard and wife Lindsey, Cameron Remaley and wife Julie, and Erica Remaley; 29 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. All of her children and grandchildren lovingly called her “Moma Duck”. She is also survived by 10 of her Lasseter siblings and 1 sister-in-law on the Lillard side.

The Funny Farm won’t be the same without this gracious, special lady. Her smile, love of family, sense of humor, feistiness, and deadpan delivery of one-liners will always be remembered. Her lifelong hope was and is that each of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, experience the joy and peace that passeth all understanding, and share in a heavenly homecoming with their Moma Duck and Papa.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Valley Mills, Texas or Beacon Hill Baptist Church of Waco. You may share a memory, send a message, and view her slideshow at
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John Abel

Posted at 05:46pm
Debbie, Johnny, Sonny, I am so saddened by your loss. When we were young, I felt a part of your family and Ruthie and Bud were like a second set of parents. I'll never forget how they treated me like one of the family. It's taken my aging to realize what patience Ruthie and Bud had to put up with me. Ruthie will be sorely missed by everyone that knew her.

Trey Robert

Posted at 01:04pm
Aunt Ruthie is actually my Great aunt... and she lived up to that title. I have always known who aunt Ruthie was from a small child but I really didn’t KNOW her. I mean she was one of 19 and I was one of what seems like hundreds of kids running around the family events. It wasn’t until I moved to Chandler where she and Uncle Bud and Polly and Jim lived that I got to know her. She and Polly immediately became my surrogate Grandmothers . I was living in a lake home that James Roy owned and it was a roof over my head and free... Sometimes I didn’t have heat, or cool ac, and I never have a phone and no tv. Aunt Ruthie always left the down stairs unlocked for me and I was always invited to dinner followed by the pound cake of the day. She reminded me so much of Cleo who we had lost only a few years before. She loved Bud and it showed . She always had his dinner ready ... unless the fish were biting at the docks. And if that was the case Bud was on his own. I will miss her. I will always remember her sense of humor, her constant flow of kindness, watching wheel of fortune with her, watching ANY John Wayne movie that was on the TV(no matter if it was on the week before), and the excitement in her eyes when she was about to see her children or grand kids. I can’t thank her enough for all of her kindness and giving to Tiffany and me when we were first married and neighbors in Chandler. I am also grateful for the many stories she told me about my grand parents from her childhood. She was a truly A Great Aunt that will always be remembered. With All our Love Trey and Tiffany

Alexandra Strauss

Posted at 06:16pm
Love you always My Lucky Ducky!!

LaVerne Lasseter and family

Posted at 12:45pm
We are so sorry to lose Ruthie. She was such a sweet lady. We'll miss her. Love, LaVerne and Gary, Ronny, Pat, Gwenda, Jim and their children.
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Jenny Terrell

Posted at 11:11pm
We love our Quacker Duck 💛

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