DALLAS—Ruth Denison, mother of two Baptist General Convention of Texas pastors, died Sept. 28 at age 80.
She was the first woman to receive a graduate degree in business from Pittsburg (KS) State Teachers College. While there, she was named Kanza Queen, the beauty queen of the college, chosen in a contest judged by Bing Crosby. She later taught business and accounting.
After moving to Houston, she met and married Lester Denison. She helped him start an electronics sales company, and managed the office until his death in 1979. She then worked as a real estate agent, voting booth supervisor and tax adviser until retiring earlier this year.
She was a member of Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas and the Mary/Martha Sunday School Class.
She is survived by her sons, Jim, pastor of Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas, and Mark, pastor of First Baptist Church in Gainesville; brother, Edwin Payne; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 1 at Park Cities Baptist Church.