Services: Have been held.
Mrs. Ruth Crume, 89, of Portales, an Elida school teacher, died Wednesday, May 28, 2003, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.
She was born on Dec. 10, 1913, in Mullen, Texas, to Bamma and the Rev. R.W. Bynum.
She was raised in central and east Texas. She graduated from high school in Avery, Texas. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University. She taught school at DeKalb, Texas for four years, Portales for four years and then in Elida for 30 years. She married W.J. “Bill” Crume on Dec. 27, 1940, in Gatesville, Texas. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Portales Woman’s Club, Rebekah Lodge, Retired Teachers Association and AARP.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Harmon, Natt and Newman Bynum; two sisters, Etta Crempin and Verba Harris; two nieces; five nephews; and her husband.
She is survived by a stepson, Jim Meadows of Albuquerque; five step-grandchildren; several step-great-grandchildren; a sister, Vida Grimshaw of Clovis; two nieces, Melba Foerster and Gayle Bynum; and six nephews, Bruce and Steve Bynum, George Noel and Thaddeus Grimshaw, Verna Crempin and Billy Bob Harris.
The Revs. Garrett Grimshaw and Steve Smith will officiate the services.
Burial will be at Elida Cemetery.
Visitation is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales.
Pallbearers will be Ronald and Fred Anthony, Jake Howard, Luke Nichols, Jimmy Dale Ward and Mike Barnard.
Honorary bearers will be her former students.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.