Ruth America Bailey Gillis, 82, of Alma passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at her home. She was a homemaker and member of New Life United Pentecostal Church of Alma. She was born Aug. 8, 1933, in Texas and was preceded in death by her husband, James Theron Gillis; her parents, Barto and Kathleen (Holt) Bailey and seven sisters and brothers.

Survivors include one daughter, Donna Rogoff of Alma; one daughter-in-law, Linda Ann Gillis of Mulberry; two sisters, Rachael Addison of Center, Texas, and LaVerna Merritt of New Caney, Texas; six grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at New Life Pentecostal Church of Alma with interment at Evergreen Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.

Palbearers will be Brian Sharum, Matt McDowell, Dickie White, Jeremy Watkins, Shane Ross and Daniel Pockrus.

Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Ferguson, Anthony Allen, Butch Brumley, Mike Smith and Robbie Ross.

The family will visit with friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at Ocker Funeral Home of Alma, 917 E. U.S. 64, Alma.

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