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Billye Ruth (Bigbee) White

Billye Ruth at 7 years old

Class of 1959 Paducah High Graduate.

        I left the sanctuary of my home which was five miles north of Paducah in 1959.  I had lived there all but the first three months of my life.  I went to Midwestern State University before the fall semester started because I was to be in the MSU band and band members had to be there early.  I had a great time my first year at MSU, but then I decided it was time to get serious.    

In November of my second year I got married.  School, family, and a full time job consumed me for the next year.  Than a year and nine months later my first child came along, and school became secondary. I finally finished my bachelor's degree in Business Education in the fall of 1969--ten years after I had started, but, by then, I also had three boys.    

I started teaching in the evenings with the Wichita Falls Independent School District in their Adult Education in 1970.  That way I did not have to leave my children with baby sitters.    

By the fall of 1977 I had added a daughter to my family, had obtained a Masters in Education with a major in counseling, and had taught for the Wichita Falls Independent School District for seven and 1/2 years in their Adult Education and in their summer school for three summers.  Busy times when you throw in PTA, little league, piano lessons, etc.    

In 1978 I went to work for State Representative Charles Finnell in his Holliday office and worked there until 1982.  In 1982 I became employed by Midwestern State University in the Division of Continuing Education.     

Henery (Hank) White and I were married in January of 2000.  In March of 2000 I retired from Midwestern State University and, and later that year Hank and I moved---back to the farm five miles north of Paducah. 

Circle of life. / Billye Ruth

Senior Year 1959

Billye Ruth at 20

Hank and Billye Ruth(2004)

Hank and Billye Ruth on an Alaskan cruise


Billye Ruth's Oldest son Brad, wife Judy, children Ben, Kristen, and Josh

Billy Ruth's Second son Erick and wife Christie

Billye Ruth's Third son Colby, wife Suzy, Jessica and Chance


Billye Ruth's Daughter Dena, husband Mike, Abbey, McKenzie, and Robbie