Ruth Martin Magness, 89, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at her home in Redstone Assisted Living Center, with her daughter by her side.

Mrs. Magness was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, to Tom Martin and Agnes (Crisp) Martin on May 2, 1930. Her father transferred to Brownwood with TXU when she was a baby, and she has made Brownwood her home ever since.

After graduating from Brownwood High School in 1947, Ruth began working at GTE. On May 6, 1951, she married the love of her life, Don F. Magness. Together they raised their daughter; owned, operated, and founded several businesses and real estate developments; and enjoyed their home & farming. Ruth was a loving wife, mother, sister, and friend. She always had a smile and spread joy to everyone.

Ruth was raised in the Austin Avenue Presbyterian Church and is a member of the later merged Union Presbyterian Church. She had many talents, hobbies, and interests, but her greatest passion was her family.

Ruth was a member of the Schubert Music Club, Brownwood Chapter of the Texas Federation of Music Clubs. She loved music and singing, and was a soloist for her church and Blaylock Funeral Home in Brownwood.

Ruth was an artist and seamstress, she made and designed porcelain dolls. She was also an excellent cook, she made and sold homemade breads of all kinds. Over the years, she was known as “the doll lady” and “the bread lady”!

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Buddy Reynolds; sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Harry Nichol of Nashville, Tennessee; cousins, Margaret T. Coleman, Ann Coleman McCrummen, Jerry and Polly Coleman; and several other cousins.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Don F. Magness; her parents, Tom and Agnes Martin; her sister, Jane Kopelke; and her cousin, Stuart Coleman.

There will be a private family graveside memorial service to be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home of Brownwood, where there will be a memory book for signing.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Union Presbyterian Church (700 Fisk Ave., Brownwood, TX) and the Corrine T. Smith Animal Center (3016 Milam Dr., Brownwood, TX). Online condolences for the family can be left at

The family would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Dr. Tamara Cox, the staff of Redstone Assisted Living, the staff of Solaris Hospice, and the staff of Hill Country Home Care for their loving and compassionate care of Ruth. They all became special members of our family.