Ruth Hughes

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Ruth Nelle (Bullock) Hughes, 85, born in Madison County, Arkansas to Samuel Henry and Bertha Ellen (Ducker) Bullock, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Sacramento, California.

Ruth Nelle was born on a farm near Clifty, Arkansas where the family operated a mill. She attended lessons at the one-room, eight-grade, California Schoolhouse. The family relocated to Eureka Springs about 1943. Ruth Nelle graduated from Eureka Springs High School in 1950 at the age of 16, two years ahead of her peers. She attended Drury College in Springfield, Missouri for a time before she married her husband, Billy Thomas. After the birth of their son, the three moved several times across Arkansas then across the country to Reno, Nevada where the family grew with the birth of two daughters. Ruth and her still growing family settled in Sacramento, California in the early 1960s where one more daughter was born. She enjoyed her morning coffee and newspaper, gardening and was a very good baker. She was proud of being a breast cancer survivor. Ruth and Tom attended the Florin United Methodist Church, were charter members of the Sacramento Jaguar Club, participated in the Civil War Roundtable and genealogy clubs where they’d made numerous friends. Surviving are her husband of sixty-eight years, Billy Thomas, daughters, Diana (Len) Bachman, Elaine (Neil) Wilson, and Mary (Paul) Gudeman, daughter-in-law, Jackie (Sam) Hughes. She was grandmother to six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all. Ruth Nelle was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Bertha Bullock; brothers, James M. and Samuel Vance Bullock; sister, Amy Caple and son, Samuel Thomas Hughes. Services were held on Sunday, June 23, 2019, East Lawn Memorial Park Chapel, Sacramento, California. Online tributes and condolences may be sent to the family at: