March 22, 2011


Ruth W. Bartha


inmemory barthaRuth W. Bartha passed away Sunday, March 20, 2011. She was born in Monroe, Oklahoma, the daughter of a pioneer physician, Dr. Benjamin Woodson and his wife, Lillie. She had a joyful childhood in the beautiful, eastern Oklahoma hills. She attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Sul Ross State and taught school for several years in El Paso. She moved to Midland in 1939 to work for Sun Oil Company. She married Louis A. Bartha, May 18, 1942.


She loved flowers and gardening, was an excellent homemaker, and had many close friends. She had a glorious smile and an unfailing positive attitude. She was a constant source of comfort and encouragement for her son.


She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Midland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Midland Garden Club, American Association of University Women, and Midland Historical Society.


Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, two sisters, and two brothers. She is survived by her son, Dr. Gregory W. Bartha, three nephews and one niece. Many thanks to her dedicated caregivers, Micah Ramirez and Melody Phillips. 


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Gregory W. Bartha Health Science Scholarship at Midland College, c/o the Midland College Foundation, 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, Texas 79707. You may call the Foundation office at (432) 685-4526 for more information. If you wish to make an online donation, Give a Gift or, you can mail your donation to:


3600 N. GARFIELD • MIDLAND, TX 79705


3600 N. GARFIELD · MIDLAND, TX 79705-6399 · 432.685.4526

(FAX) 432.685.4714