Ruth Adele Moore Waggoner


(January 8, 1927 – May 15, 2022)

Ruth Adele Moore Waggoner of Comanche, Texas passed away at 95 years of age on May 15, 2022. She was born in Comanche on January 8, 1927. She graduated from Comanche High School in 1944 and then went on to Baylor University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education. She married her high school sweetheart, Dan Ross Waggoner, also from Comanche. Her mother was Ruth Jewel Farmer Moore, and her father was Jack Wallis Moore, all of Comanche.

Ruth Adele and Dan married on June 14, 1947, after WWII. They moved to Austin for a few years while Dan finished his college degree. They moved back to Comanche for a short span of two years, and both taught at Comanche High School.

Following the oil boom in west Texas, they then moved to Crane, Texas in the early ‘50s and then to Odessa for 15 years. They moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1983, Dan retired, and they bought the family home on Elm Street in Comanche. With deep roots in Comanche, this was a dream come true for Ruth Adele, who loved family history, all things Comanche, and all things Texas.

Both were very active with First Baptist Church, the Cunningham Family Reunion, the Comanche Historical Museum, the Cemetery Association, and many other interests and activities. Ruth Adele taught a ladies’ Sunday School Class for 35 years up until she was 93 – and then she switched to part-time!

Dan passed away in 2004. Ruth Adele is survived by her daughter Beth Waggoner Fairbrother and son David Moore Waggoner and his wife Phyllis of Charlotte, North Carolina. She has 5 grandchildren: Daniel Steward and wife Lauren; Cody Dixon and wife Amy; Lindsay Dixon Hall and husband Jason; Emily Waggoner and husband Bredon Crawford; and Audrey Ruth Copeland and husband Bart. She has 10 great grandchildren: Aidan Steward, Avery Steward, Sage Dixon, Logan Dixon, Ellie Dixon, Jack Hall, Evelyn Copeland, Levi Copeland; Addie Joy Dixon; and Jack Crawford.

Some notes on her life: She was an amazing woman with a deep love for the Word of God. She was gracious, caring, sharing, and always very elegant. She loved family history and stayed in touch with many relatives, far and wide. She also maintained a close relationship with her ‘Baylor Girls’. The family has a collection of all the ‘little clippings’ she kept all of her life and hope to put them into a book!

She leaves a legacy that cannot be described in mere word but is felt by those her life touched. It includes prayer, proper manners and language, the Word of God, the skills of conversation, letter writing, planning, and hospitality; discipline, and always counting your blessings. And most of all, it includes loving others.

Service Details

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. on Friday, May 20, at the Comanche Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at the First Baptist Church in Comanche with burial to follow in the Oakwood Cemetery in Comanche.

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