Mary Ruth Tortoris

October 2, 1924 - November 23, 2021

Mary Ruth Tortoris, 97, of Lumberton, died Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at Christus Southeast Texas-St. Elizabeth, Beaumont. Mary Ruth was born on October 2, 1924, in Upland, Indiana, to Orpha Olena Harrah and George C. Hutchins.  She was a United States Army veteran, having served her country during World War II.

Mary Ruth was full of gratitude for God’s Creation. She enjoyed cooking, collected recipes, reading, traveling, plants, flowers and feeding the birds. Mary Ruth will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandma.

She is survived by her daughters, Mary Danna and her husband, Mike and Vicki Wilson and her husband, Darrell; and son, David Tortoris, all of Lumberton; grandchildren, David Tortoris, Jr.; Brent Wilson and his wife, Megan; Justin Browning; and Felisa Chaloupek; great-grandchildren, Trae, Julie, Holly, and Hallie; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Mary Ruth is preceded in death by her husband, of fifty years, Pete Tortoris; and her parents.

A gathering of Mrs. Tortoris’ family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m., with her funeral service to follow at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at Woodcrest United Methodist Church, 1684 US 96, Lumberton. Her interment will follow at Old Hardin Cemetery, Kountze, under the direction of Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee.

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Gathering of Family and Friends

Woodcrest United Methodist Church
  • 1684, Highway 96 S, Lumberton, TX, 77657,
  • November 30, 2021
  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Funeral Service

Woodcrest United Methodist Church
  • 1684, Highway 96 S, Lumberton, TX, 77657,
  • November 30, 2021
  • 11:00 am


Old Hardin Cemetery
  • , , Kountze, TX, 77625,

Comments (4)

    Carolyn King says:

    To all the family,
    I am so sorry for your loss especially at this time of year when you will feel the loss even more. I remember your Mom fondly from back in the day when we lived in the neighborhood near Fehl. Praying that God will comfort you in the coming days ahead.

    Regina Anderson says:

    As a health care provider, Mrs Tortoris was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met. We became good friends, and I always enjoyed spending time with her, exchanging recipes, watching cooking shows, and watching the birds that would flock to her feeder. Her presence will be greatly missed.

    Robert Purks Sr says:

    I remember her and the family in Beaumont back in the day prayers to y’all during this sad time.

    Kami Barnett says:

    Dear Vicki and family,
    Your mom had the most sparking personality that radiated thru her eyes when she spoke. A true jewel. I thank God that I met her and now have a true friend for eternity. I’m praying for Gods love, preach and comfort to surround your now and for the days to come. Nothing can replace her, but you have hope in knowing that you will be together again with no pain or sorrow. Love you dearly..
    In Christ,
    Kami Barnett

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