Peaceful 09


April 22, 1933 ~ January 17, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old


Ruth Mae (Ruthie) Grogan, affectionally called “Sweet Granny Ruthie” by her grandchildren, was born on April 22, 1933, in Vinton, Louisiana, the tenth of fifteen children born to Rev. John Sidney Grogan and Judy Rice Grogan. Her father was a strong, dignified, and disciplined minister and her mother, a beautiful, gentle, humble person. They instilled in her a strong Christian foundation and a love for worshiping God. She recalled opening the “church doors” of Morning Star Baptist Church with her father on Sunday mornings and enjoying the sermons that he preached.

Ruthie graduated from Emma H. Wallace High School in Orange, Texas in 1951. She later moved to Houston, Texas where her beauty and charm caught the attention of Climmie Lee Washington, Jr. They married and to this union, ten children were born (seven girls and three boys). After fifteen years of marriage, Ruthie became a strong, independent single parent.

Ruthie worked for as an X-ray technician at M.D. Anderson Hospital for twenty-three years and retired in 1995. She said that when she interviewed for the job, the interviewer asked her why she wanted to work for the hospital, and she told him “I have a lot of children and need insurance for them.” He laughed and said, “Well, we do offer insurance.” She got the job! Ruthie’s life centered around her children. With gratitude, she said, “I thank God for giving me good health that allowed me to work and be able to take care of my children.” Her family was her highest priority. She provided them with a Christian home filled with love, laughter, celebration, protection, support, and faith in God. It is her family’s prayer that they continue to live the life that Ruthie modeled; a life of a strong constitution and a resolve to demonstrate the Spirit of God that will guide this family from generation to generation.

Life was not always easy, but Ruthie managed situations well. She demonstrated strength, resilience, and perseverance. She always did her best for her family, and her best was good, “very good.” Ruthie was a blessing to her children and grandchildren, and they blessed her with the same love, care, compassion, and protection that she gave them. She enjoyed birthday parties in her honor. In fact, at the first party her children gave her, she said, “it was like the wedding that she never had.” So, they kept those parties coming. That was their way of celebrating her. Ruthie did her best to support her children in their educational endeavors. She sent her first born to Southwestern Christian College, which resulted in her family being taught the gospel. She was baptized into the body of Christ in 1973 where she remained faithful until her death. Her involvement in the church included singing in the choir, volunteering for summer camp, being a member of the senior saints, and attending lady’s bible class. Her hobbies included sewing, quilting, and preserving fruit.

Ruthie lived through the Great Depression, Polio, World War II, Civil Rights Movement, the first man walking on the moon, the assassination of John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, the invention of color T.V., computers and cellular phones, which became a challenge for her. Above all, Ruthie got to enjoy history being made when the first black President of the United States, “Barack Obama,” was elected, and survived the COVID pandemic. God was with Ruthie throughout her life. What a blessing!

Ruth Mae “Ruthie” Grogan Washington transitioned from this life on January 17, 2024, at home with family. God blessed her with ninety years of living. The apostle John brings us comfort proclaiming, “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.” Revelations 14:13 This world was not Ruthie’s home, it was just a route to her eternal home, a place prepared for her by the “King of Kings, and “Lord of Lords.”
Ruthie will leave a great void in the lives of her loved ones, but reflecting on life with her brings a rush of sweet memories that will linger forever. Ruthie was preceded in death by her son (Ricky Alan Washington), parents, grandparents, three sisters (Elizabeth Grogan Taylor, Isabell Alexander, and Earlene Keys), seven brothers (James, Lee, William, Jonathan, Nathaniel, Ellis and Johnny), and son-in-law (Harold Stephens).

Ruthie leaves behind a great legacy in seven daughters: Joyce Stephens, Carolyn Lee (Marvin), Linda Washington, Sandra Davis (Abraham), Barbara Lewis (John), Claudia Greene, and Cynthia Phillips (Gregory); two sons, Kenneth and Claudell Washington; seventeen grandchildren: Crystal, Michelle, Erica (Ricardio), Duane (Candace), Danielle, Rachel, Porsche (Michael), Angel, Andrew, Jonathon, Jordan, Ronnie (Faith), Sidney, Joshua L., Wesley (Tsaiyani), Genelle and Madison; sixteen great-grandchildren; Aaron, Joshua P., Corey, Dorrian II, Chloe, Aaralyn and Camren, Jayden, Karter, Karson, Adriel, Karlie, Charlee, Aamina, Emery and Kaiden; four sisters, Ethel Verdine, Louella Mayo, Jeanette Anderson and Mary Ann Davis; two sisters-in-law, Ernestine Harris, and Georgia Bishop; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, spiritual family, and friends.

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January 27, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
South Union Church of Christ
7427 Ardmore Street
Houston, TX 77054

Celebration of Life
January 27, 2024

11:00 AM
South Union Church of Christ
7427 Ardmore Street
Houston, TX 77054


Paradise South Cemetery
2237 Cullen Blvd
Pearland, TX 77581


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