ODESSA — Ruth Wanell Miller Gore passed into life eternal on September
11, 2004. She was born October 19, 1929, in O’Dell, Texas, to Joe
Edmund and Sally Miller. She attended Chillicothe High School and
returned numerous times for reunions with her many high school friends.
She attended Hardin-Simmons University, as well as Odessa College, where
she earned her teaching certificate.
Because of her father’s illness, her family moved from Abilene to
Odessa in response to her brother Paul Miller’s call to the ministry
at Trinity Baptist Church. Upon her evening arrival in Odessa, she
exclaimed to her brother, “Where have you brought us!” It was her
first real look at Odessa, and she could not have foreseen that this
would be the place where she would meet her future husband, Gerald
Eugene Gore. Visiting church one Sunday morning, Gene Gore said to his
mother, “I could sure go for that dark-eyed darling in the choir!”
The rest was history; they were married, raised five children and
enjoyed many wonderful years together.
“Momma Gore,” as she was affectionately known by many, served her
Lord in many ways. Brother Paul and Trinity Baptist Church were asked to
house the first Head Start program in Odessa. In full support, she
signed up to be one of the first instructors for that program. Many
people were blessed to see her surrogate concern for the many abused,
neglected and unloved children who were touched by the program. Her life
demonstrated how Christ’s love is defined, and she continued showing
that same love to countless others throughout her life. She was also
quick to remind her family, “If it were not for God’s grace, you
would be in that same position,” thereby keeping life in proper
perspective for her children.
She was a member of the Ladies’ Hospital Auxiliary, where she
faithfully served for many years. “Momma Gore” also worked in
Mission Odessa, where she once again exhibited God’s love and care for
the children that were less fortunate than most.
Her life personified the phrase, “a godly mother.” Only God knows
the prayers she lifted for her children over a lifetime. Church was
never an option; she was always faithful to her God. She had a beautiful
soprano voice, and while growing up, her children never failed to see
her sitting in the first row of the choir, using her God-given talent.
She loved to cook for others, and is widely known for her chicken and
dumplings. In fact, her famous dish will live on because upon request
from the owner of Walter’s Restaurant, she went into the kitchen and
showed them how to make her specialty.
After moving her letter to First Baptist Church, Odessa, she enjoyed
years of love from her Sunday School class and church. Words cannot
express the love and gratitude she felt from her church family,
especially since being diagnosed with cancer in the fall of 2000.
There were many battles fought and won with this plague called
“cancer.” Even though it was cancer that took her life, the victory
belongs to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ whom she served faithfully.
For it is written in Isaiah 25:8a, “He will swallow up death forever,
and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces.”
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and her brothers, Joe
Miller, Pete Miller and Paul Miller.
She is survived by her children, Larry and Pam Gore of Buhl, Idaho,
Eddie and Patty Gore of Henderson, Nev., Sally Remore of Odessa, Jesse
and Penny Gore of Odessa and Timothy and Devra Gore of San Antonio,
Texas; brother, Don and de’Anne Miller of Odessa; sisters, Dorothy
Beam and Doris Rice, both of Odessa and Sue and Bill Forest and Lometa
Doss, all of Kerrville, Texas; nine grandchildren; four
great-grandchildren; and numerous friends.
A celebration of her life is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, September
14, 2004, at First Baptist Church of Odessa with Rev. Byron McWilliams
officiating and Rev. Curtis Brewer assisting. A private interment will
be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Wanell’s memory to the
Gideons or to Hospice House.
It is impossible to express the gratitude for the countless prayers,
visits, cards and generosity that Wanell Gore received during these last
four years. Her family will be forever grateful for the love that has
been expressed. The family also gives thanks to Dr. Amato and his loving
staff in Houston.
Wanell Gore left a legacy. . . a legacy of love.
Services entrusted to Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.