RUTH ETTA COUNCIL MATHIAS, age 86, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, August 9, 2001. The family will receive friends at 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 10, 2001 with chapel services to be held at 2:00 p.m., in the Cy-Fair Northwest Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ed Hogan officiating. She was born on January 12, 1915 in Ben Avon, Pennsylvania. She and her husband, Alfred Mathias, moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 1947. While living in Fort Worth, she was an active member of Birdville Baptist Church, Delta Kappa Gamma, and Zonta Club. She founded and taught "Wee Wisdom Kindergarten" for 32 years, which funded the education of their four children at Baylor University. She substituted in the Birdville ISD and played the cello in her church orchestra and several civic orchestras. They moved to the Houston area in 1994. She is preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Alfred, in 1998. She is survived by four children, David Martin Mathias and wife, Billie, of Wimberley, Janet Joy Robb and husband, Curtis, of Magnolia, Betty Jean Windle and husband, William of Houston, Bonnie Sue Luft and husband, Gary, of Waco, nine grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and one step-great-grandchild. For those who desire, memorial contributions may be mad e to the Houston Hospice or Silverado Alzheimer's Community on Cypresswood Drive.