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Ruth (Frazier) Nibling
December 2, 1917 ~ December 17, 2023 (age 106) 106 Years Old
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Ollie “Ruth” (Frazier) Nibling, 106, passed away Dec. 17, 2023, after a long and adventurous life.
Born on a farm in Burnet, growing up with her favorite mule and one-legged chicken as a pet, Ruth graduated from Burnet High School in 1936. By World War II, she worked in the Office of Censorship in San Antonio. One of her proudest achievements was (as a single mother of two boys) receiving her bachelor’s degree from Southwest Texas State Teachers College (now Texas State University at San Marcos). She worked as a teacher until her marriage to Dr. Boyd Nibling in 1954. Along with her husband, they raised the boys and three girls to adulthood: a data analyst, minister, lawyer, police officer, and nurse. She was proud to serve at the Texas State Republican Convention and as a crew leader for the Census in 1970.
Developing an early love of genealogy, Ruth’s grandparents were some of the founding members of Burnet County. She was able to see this history firsthand at Fort Croghan Museum where a spinning wheel owned by her ancestor, Minerva Cottle Woods, is located. Woods and her husband, Zadock, were members of the original Stephen F. Austin Colony, and the spinning wheel was rescued by Woods during the Texas Revolution. Ruth was able to research further back to find relations to a spy in the Revolutionary War, the first governor of Plymouth Rock, and all the way back to the 1500s in Germany. However, her greatest joy was taking care of her family and sharing with them the Bible and taking them to her local Church of Christ. In later years, she would sit with her children and grandchildren (and great!) and listen to Christian music (and on occasion, Mozart and Elvis). She missed her friends at New Road Church of Christ when she moved into a nursing home.
She was preceded in death by husbands, Boyd Nibling and Fred Stengel, son, Henry “Zan” Nolan, and daughter, Lisa Trewitt.
She is survived by son, James Nolan, daughters, Edith Kohutek and Iris Nibling, 13 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren.
A funeral Service is planned for 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 23, 2023 at Jenkins Funeral Home, Burnet, Texas.