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Mary Ruth (Haynes) Arnold

October 1, 1925 ~ January 14, 2022 (age 96)


Mary Ruth Haynes Gordon Arnold was born at home in Burleson, Texas on October 1, 1925.  She passed away Friday, January 14, 2022 at Cityview Nursing and Rehab in Fort Worth, Texas.

She attended Burleson public schools, graduating in 1943. She also attended college for one year before pursuing a career.  She later went to work at Montgomery Wards in Fort Worth where she retired from many years as a mail opening clerk and eventually supervisor.

She married Horace Carlton Gordon, Jr on October 6, 1946 at First Methodist Church, Burleson, Texas.  They started married life in Victoria, Texas but soon returned to Burleson where they raised four children.  Carlton passed away April 21, 1992.  Mary Ruth stayed with her son, Rodney, in New York City for several years while maintaining her home in Burleson.  While there she worked with Rodney in his millinery shop in Manhattan.  On May 6, 2001 she married John William Arnold (JW) and they continued to live in Burleson in his home. On September 18, 2011, JW passed away and Mary Ruth returned to her Burleson home. In April 2015, she fell and broke her hip and during recovery stayed with her son, H.C. and wife, Vickie, in Crowley, Texas.  She returned to her home in June, 2017 until October, 2017 and then went back to live with H.C. & Vickie.  In May, 2018 she was transported with health conditions to the hospital. She went to Trail Lake Nursing and Rehab from there and remained there until November, 2021 at which time she moved to Cityview Nursing and Rehab. She kept her home in Burleson through this time of her life.

She enjoyed studying her Bible and serving others as well as visiting and traveling with friends and family. She also liked listening to music and collecting local and family history.  She was a very talented seamstress, making her own clothing and home furnishings.  In her pastime she would read books of interest and watch TV programs such as The Andy Griffith show and church services. Her many trips with family and friends included New York, Monhegan Island, Nova Scotia, Philadelphia, Alaska, San Francisco, Colorado, New Mexico, Spain, France, and Scotland.   She was very involved in many organizations including the Eumathian club, Burleson Heritage Foundation, Purple Heart Ladies Aux., Cemetery Board and church organizations.

Mary Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Rufus W. and Olive Jewel Haynes of Burleson, TX, her sister, Gayle Elaine Haynes Walden of Waco, TX, her brother, Eddie Bert Haynes of New York, NY and her husbands Horace Carlton Gordon, Jr of Burleson and John W. Arnold of Burleson.  She was also preceded in death by two grandchildren, Cynthia Elaine Light of Burleson and Kevin Richard Gordon of Crowley, TX. 

She is survived by her four children and their families.

Elaine Light and husband Don Light of Southlake, TX

Cathy Evans and husband Steve Evans of Keller, TX

Liz Brewer and husband Joe Brewer and son, Hudson Brewer of Grapevine, TX

Emily Evans and partner Elise McCombs of Southlake, TX 

Christy Berg and husband Tim Berg of Troy, TX

    Andrew Berg of Belton, TX

    Allie Berg of Troy, TX

H.C. Gordon and wife Vickie Gordon of Crowley, TX

Casey Gordon and wife Krista Gordon of Aledo, TX

    Makenna Gordon of Aledo, TX

    Kye Gordon of Aledo, TX

    Callie Gordon of Aledo, TX

    Palmer Gordon of Aledo, TX

Rodney Gordon and partner Richard Malanga of New York 

Richard Gordon and wife Melinda Gordon of Burleson, TX

    Rhonda Briones and husband Marco of Lehi, UT

        Braden Markum of Rexburg, ID

        Dawson Crump of Lehi, UT

        Hailey Crump of Lehi, UT

        Jaron Crump of Lehi, UT

    Keith Gordon of Granbury, TX

    Richie Gordon and wife Carlee Gordon of Benbrook, TX

        Brady Gordon of Benbrook, TX

        Lance Gordon of Benbrook, TX

Many other relatives and friends



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January 20, 2022

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Mountain Valley Funeral Home
3407 SW Wilshire Blvd.
Joshua, Texas 76058

Funeral Service
January 21, 2022

1:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
590 NE McAlister Rd
Burleson, TX 76028

Interment following funeral service
January 21, 2022

Burleson Memorial Park
490 Memorial Plaza
Burleson, TX 76028

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