Tommie Jo Cruse

Tommie Jo Cruse

Tommie Jo Browning Cruse, of Turkey, passed away on March 15, 2018. Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Church of Christ in Turkey, with J Henderson, Brand Cruse,and Gerald Bedwell officiating. Interment will follow at Dreamland Cemetery in Turkey.  Services are under the personal care of Moore-Rose Funeral Home.

Tommie was born October 18, 1930, to Jesse M. Browning and Dona B. Mullin Browning, in Wolfflat, Tx. near Turkey, Texas, in the same room as her mother, in the home of her grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. H. E. Mullin.

She married Ray Cruse on September 20, 1946, after he was discharged from the U. S. Navy. They had five children: Donnie Ray, Darrell Joe, Darla Gwyn, Deidra Kim, and Derinda Sue. She passed from this life on March 15, 2018, on what would have been Ray’s 94th birthday, after obtaining the age of 87 years, 4 months, and 26 days,

Tommie Jo, as she was affectionately known by her friends, was very active in many clubs and organizations. She was President of the Hall County Historical Commission; while serving on this board she was instrumental in the Tampico Monument restoration near Turkey. She was a member of the Church of Christ, and was active in the Roaring Springs Lions Club, Jamboree at the Gem Theater in Turkey, Do-Gooders Club in Flomot, Homemakers Club of Flomot, to name a few. Her patriotism and love of her country was evident as she was always placing flags and markers for veterans during Memorial and Veteran’s Day. She was also a National Weather Service Representative for many years.

Tommie married before she finished High School, but it was very important to her to have a diploma; after Ray passed away she received her GED High School Equivalency Diploma in the late 1990’s.

When Ray knew his time on earth was short he gave her a copy of the poem “Don’t Quit”, which she kept in her billfold. Quitting was not an option for her. She carried on the farming and ranching operation they had worked hard at together after his passing. She also continued to work at the family owned Red Ball Gin until it was bought by her son and grandson.
Her family was very important to her, she showed her love in many ways. One thing you could always count on was a good meal. Whether she knew you were coming or not, it didn’t matter how many showed up, she could always feed the masses. She had a large family, but always managed to get a card and present to everyone for birthdays and Christmas.

She was a blessing to anyone she came in contact with. The nurses and physical therapist were amazed at how hard she worked to regain her strength every time life threw her a curve. She was known for her loving warm smile.

Tommie Jo was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Ray Cruse on 11/2/1996; her son, Donnie Ray Cruse on 6/11/2008, her father, Jesse Browning on 7/19/1992 and her mother, Dona Browning on 4/1/2008.

She is survived by her children, Darrell Cruse and wife Brenda of Flomot, Darla Gwinn and husband James of Matador, Deidra Clifton and husband Larry of Abilene, Derinda Patton and husband Mark of Silverton; daughter-in-law Judy Cruse of Flomot; brother E. J. Browning and wife Mary Ann of Rising Star; grandchildren, Regina Seward and husband Chad of Goldthwaite, Brand Cruse and wife Jodi of Turkey, Chancy Cruse and wife Christie of Clarendon, Roegan Cruse and wife Carol of Flomot, Talon Cruse and wife Christie of Flomot, Leah Meyer and husband Brian of Amarillo, Keane Cruse and wife Lacy of Turkey, Derrick Cruse and wife Christina of Box Elder, SD., Fannin Gwinn and wife Ashley of Matador, Danielle Salas, Monica Smith and husband Tanner of Floydada, Skylar Clifton of Denver, CO., Thor Patton and wife Beth of Booker, Tory Patton of Lubbock, Teah Patton of San Angelo, and Tally Patton of Silverton; great-grandchildren, Allison Seward, Quaid Seward, Macy Seward, Branson Cruse, Baylor Cruse, Brayson Cruse, Zane Cruse, Ashley Allred, Bradley Allred, Brock Taylor, Colton Cruse, Audrey Cruse, Evan Meyer, Gracie Meyer, Dax Meyer, Reese Cruse, Brighton Cruse, Case Cruse, Cash Cruse, Paisley Cruse, Lyla Cruse, Bronx Cruse, Shandi Gwinn, Adalee Gwinn, Garett Gwinn, Reina Salas, Cutter Smith, Jaxson Smith, Hayes Patton, and one on the way; and great great-grandson, Hayden Pastrana.

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