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Bonnie Ruth Pruitt, 97, formerly of Gatesville, TX, passed away July 10, 2014. She was born March 18, 1917, in Gatesville, TX, and has been a resident of Baytown, TX, for the past 12 years. She attended the Ater School and Gatesville High School. She moved to Waco, intent on attending nursing school, but decided to attend beauty school instead. It was a decision she never regretted. In 1942, she went to work at the Liberty Building in Waco. There, she worked until 1966 when she moved her shop to the Regis/St. Elizabeth Retirement Hotel in Waco. She enjoyed making the elderly ladies there feel special by making their hair look well groomed. Ruth enjoyed making people look good so much that when she had two operations in 1981 she quickly returned to work. She worked at the Regis until her retirement in 1987. In that year, she decided to work part time, which she did for one year, finally retiring in 1988. It is estimated that she groomed nearly 100,000 heads of hair during her career. Soon after retirement she temporarily moved to Houston to care for a newborn niece that required constant care. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Isaak and Lola Pruitt. She is survived by her sister, Ruella Morgan of Baytown; brother, Marsh Pruitt and his wife, Florence of LaMarque; nieces, Barbara McCormick and husband, Jim of Baytown, Jackie Cornish and husband, Richard of LaMarque and Mickie Ferrell and husband, Mike of East Bernard; and nephew, Charles Morgan and wife, Kathy of Clear Lake. A memorial service for Ruth will be held at the Cornerstone Church in Gatesville, TX, on Saturday, August 2 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of fl owers, the family would like donations in Ruth’s name to the charity of your choice. The family welcomes old friends and family to come and celebrate Ruth’s life with us. She was a cherished member of our family and will be missed. To view her online obituary, or post a tribute to her family, go to Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Drive, Baytown, Texas 77521, (281) 422-8111.

July 28, 1942 - June 28, 2014 Robert Douglas Lipsey, age 71, of Gatesville passed away Saturday, June 28, 2014. A memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Robert was born on July 28, 1942 in Gatesville, Texas to the late Curtis and Annie Holland Lipsey. He attended school in Gatesville, graduating from Gatesville High School in 1960. He continued his education at Southwest Texas State College. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 4 years. He retired from LTV Corp. after 20+ years, as a technical representative on the radar and electrical systems of the A-7 aircraft. He was attached to the different military services with the A-7 aircraft and traveled the world with them. Robert later worked for the Super Collider as a safety engineer until it closed. He then started his own construction company building steel frame houses, and did jobs for the VA in Waco, as well as the City of Killeen, US Forest Service in Colorado, and other jobs with larger construction fi rms in central Texas. He married Elizabeth Reeves on November 27, 1981; they resided in Gatesville since 1994. He was preceded in death by his parents; and nephew, Douglas Clayton Jones. Robert is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Lipsey; son, Robert Lipsey II and fi ancée, Sarah Payne; sisters, Linda Lipsey Jones, Nancy Lipsey Oats, and Sandra Lipsey Hayman; and nephews, Casey Jones, Corby Jones, and Sam Oats. Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors at