Ruth “Ruthie” Ann Bell Reed, 62, of Bridge City passed away Saturday, Feb. 8, in Orange.

Friends are invited to a Memorial Service to remember her life at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Second Baptist Church in Bridge City. Cremation was held under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

Ruthie was born Dec. 1, 1951 in Marshall, to Clarence and Sara (Kratz) Bell. Ruthie graduated from Bridge City High School in 1970. She graduated E.T.B.U. in 1974 with a BA in Business and started teaching eighth grade in Newton. She worked summers at the Youth Camp in Newton. In 1978 she started her teaching career in Bridge City teaching sixth, seventh, and eighth grade Reading. Ruthie graduated in 1984 from Lamar University with a Master’s Degree in Education. She was a lifelong member of Second Baptist Church in Bridge City and taught a Sunday School Class which she dearly loved.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Clarence “Buddy” Bell Jr. and step-daughter, Ruth Anne Reed.

Ruthie is survived by her husband of 27 years, James “Mike” Michael Reed; step-son, Jay Michael Reed and wife Wendi of Port Neches; and grandchildren, Tristina and Michayla Henry and Cameran and Braydyn Reed.

She is also survived by her sisters, Dr. Barbara “Bonnie” Filippidis PH.D. and husband John of Austin, Mary Meeks and husband Phillip of Longview and Beth Chandler and husband Tim of Bridge City; brothers, John Bell and wife Cindy of Renton, Wa., and Joseph Bell; sister-in law, Ly Bell of Providence Rhode Island.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation to the Humane Society of Southeast Texas, 2050 Spindletop Ave, Beaumont, Texas 77705.