Ruth Nash

April 12, 1923, May 03, 2019

Ruth Nash

Ruth Nash, 96, of Beaumont, died Friday, May 3, 2019, at Spindletop Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Beaumont. She was born Ruth Phyllis Birkland on April 12, 1923, in Wolf Point, Montana, to Mina Rose and Torval Birkland.

Ruth was the seventh of ten children born to Norwegian immigrants making a new life in the New World. Growing up, she worked in her mother’s restaurant in Wolf Point where her family was a large part of the fabric of daily life. During the war years, Ruth went to Washington, D. C. to work as part of the war effort. Returning to Montana, she again worked in the family restaurant where she met her husband, R.L. Nash, a tall Texan working in the oil exploration business. She followed him back to Texas where she lived for the remainder of her life. Ruth worked as a secretary, eventually retiring from American National Life Insurance Co.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mina and Torval; sisters, Martha Kugler, Mayme Strom, Eva Grotte, Lorraine Edwards, Helen Rusche, and Audrey Iverson; brothers, Thorleif, Odin, and Robert (Sonny) Birkland; and her youngest son, Thomas Torval Nash.

Ruth is survived by her daughter, Happy Spillar of Galveston, Texas; and son, Rowdy Nash of Beaumont, Texas; grandchildren, Tracy Maxwell, Karen Spillar, Kelley Waters, Tom Spillar, Kim Cash, Kyle Nash, and Amanda Martin; as well as a host of great-grandchildren and extended family.

A memorial service for Ms. Nash will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday May 9, 2019, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 4330 Crow Road, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A private committal will be held at Broussard’s, Crematorium, Beaumont.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church, 4330 Crow Road, Beaumont, Texas 77706.


Broussard's Mortuary - Major Drive
1605 N. Major Drive Beaumont, TX 77713
Memorial Service
Redeemer Lutheran Church
4330 Crow Road Beaumont, TX 77706
Thursday, May 09, 2019
2:00 p.m.
Private Committal
Broussard's Crematorium
5150 Stivers Street Beaumont, TX 77705

Comments (3)

  • Anita and Josh Judice

    09 May 2019 at 16:02 | #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God’s love, light and healing blessings. Anita and Josh


  • Kyle Nash

    06 May 2019 at 14:15 | #

    My grandmother sent me a Christmas present from Texas when I was only 7 years old. Not only was it a “cool” present; but it was the only thing I had ever received in the mail. I thought I was the bees knees.

    Being a Star Wars nut; Gram sent me a Landspeeder. Now, it was one thing to have all of the figures; but Gram sent me a vehicle that those figures could fit into. I thought I had received the exact piece of equipment that would take down the Death Star! I also had the envy of my cousins here in New Orleans.

    I do know my dad and his mom have been united again. And that makes me feel good inside.

    Thanks for giving me a place to post this,

    Kyle Lansen Nash


  • Richard Iverson

    04 May 2019 at 21:23 | #

    She will be missed.. I miss all the Birkland family.


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