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In Loving Memory

Ruth Ann Andrews Maxwell

November 12, 1962 – June 23, 2021

Ruth Ann Maxwell, 58, of Pearland, Texas passed away June 23, 2021 near Santa Rosa, New Mexico. She was born on November 12, 1962 to Robert C. Andrews and Rose L. Keyworth Andrews in Houston, Texas.  Ruth attended Almeda School and graduated from Madison High School in 1980.  At the age of 19 she attended Houston Police Cadet Class #102 and graduated in April, 1982.  She began her career with the Houston Police Department, where she later met her loving husband Griff Maxwell.  After ten years she left the Houston Police Department to be a stay at home mom with their children Dennis and Ashley. 

She returned to work with the Rice University Police Department from 2003 until she retired in March 2020.  Ruth loved the community orientated police work on the college campus, were she was loved by all the faculty, staff and students.  She was dedicated and treated others kindly with respect, even those she arrested. Anybody who knew Ruth will remember her as being thoughtful and generous in every way and a sensitive person, aware of the needs and feelings of others.

As a child she trusted Jesus to be her savior. She never lost her faith, working gently and praying hard that others would come to the same faith that guided her through life. No doubt, she loved God and she loved people. Ruth is still asking God to guide those she dearly loves, that their life on earth will be a good and joyful life until that day they are united in heaven.

Ruth was preceded in death by her father, Robert Andrews Sr. and two brothers: Roy and Frank Andrews.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Griff Maxwell, son Dennis Maxwell and wife Sydney Maxwell, daughter, Ashley Maxwell, mother-in-law Doris Maxwell Walker and husband Floyd “Bud” Walker and two grandchildren, Johnny and Maverick, mother Rose “Sis” Andrews, siblings Robert Andrews and wife Lisa Andrews, Mary Giering, and James Andrews, sister-in-law Melissa Maxwell Lehrman and husband Howard Lehrman and many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. with the funeral service to follow at 11:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Rev. Kevin Paszalek officiating.  Interment will follow at the South Park Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.

Pallbearers will include Robert Andrews, James Andrews, Clemente Rodriguez, Mark Ong, Howard Lehrman, Jay Hall, David Rose, Robert Farley and Archie D'-Souza.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to sponsor tuition assistance for Deer Creek Camp at deercreekcamp.com.

Condolences may be sent to the Maxwell family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

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35 thoughts on “Ruth Ann Andrews Maxwell”

  1. Losing someone you love is like losing a part of yourself, you miss them and you miss who you were with them. Nothing will ever replace that. I thank you Lord, for giving me Ruthie, such a wonderful true friend, she was always there with willing helping hands, a shoulder to lean on and a heart that understands. Bless my special friend who gave so much love willingly. God bless you Ruthie💗✝️🙏🏼

    1. Melissa Andrews Goodwin

      My heart is so heavy and sad for our family. I am a cousin and as children,, I remember playing with her at many a barbque. I am sorry that I didn't get to know Ruth as an adult. This is my true loss.

  2. I am sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Ruth and Griff at a HLSR event a few years ago. I know she is loved and will be missed.

  3. To the Maxwell Family,
    Those we Love don't go away they walk beside us Everyday.
    Unseen Unheard but Always near Always love Always Dear.
    You have my deepest Sympathy Ruthie was always an Angel🙏
    BRC Security Specialist
    Linda Cavitt

  4. Rose Samaniego

    I am very sorry for your loss. May God give you and your family comfort and strength during this difficult time and always. 🙏🙏

  5. Griff,
    Brenda and I know your feelings in a time like this. Stay strong, talk with people, move forward, morn at YOUR pace, remember the good times and keep the faith. There are no books or people that can tell you what's right for you or the kids. We are here when you need us. We all mourn the loss of Ruth as she was a gem!
    Your Friends,
    Shane & Brenda Boatman

    1. Sammy Collins

      Griff and Family,
      Words fail to express my deep sorrow for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Jeannine & Frank Miller

    Griff and family
    There are no words. Just know there are people who love you guys and will be here anytime you need us. If you want to talk, laugh, cry, or scream, we know loss; we know grief. It’s a long process to get to an acceptance of life without precious Ruth. And we are so sad and sorry for the loss of someone so dear to everyone.

    1. Griff, I remember meeting you and Ruth at Beechnut Substation when I was a wide-eyed rookie in 1985. I was involuntarily transferred from Westside when 18G60’s beat became 17E10’s beat. That was the best involuntary transfer that anyone could ever get. You, Ruthie and many others welcomed me into the finest group of Officers I’ve ever had the honor and pleasure of knowing. I can’t thank you both enough for your guidance and helping me learn our craft. I love you guys and please know my door is always open, 24/7.

      1. My life was changed and rewarded when I met Ruth. My tears flow and I’m so sorry I didn’t know Ruth was celebrated yesterday by family and friends. My prayers are to a living, loving, caring God! God continues to carry me.
        I love Ashley, John, Dennis, Griff. May comfort come!
        Teena “TT”❤️

  7. Griff & Family Sharon & I send out most sincere condolences I never had the pleasure of meeting Ruth but know Griff as my HHC brother He is a good man & I'm sure a good father & was a good husband to Ruth I know he is devastated by this turn of events Sharon & I have had & will continue to have Griff & the Maxwell family in our morning & evening prayers for peace Sharon & I will be available for any thing we can be of help or anything any time you need us Brother Griff as are all of your other Hold'em & Hit'em Brothers we are all a family Peace Be With you Brother Griff & family

  8. Johnny Whitehead

    Griff and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Ruth was so genuine. She always lived up to the I'm Third credo: God First. Others second. I'm third. May the warmth of care and love of the people around you help to heal your hearts.

    The Whitehead Family
    Johnny, Kim & Josh

  9. Griff and Family,
    I had the pleasure of meeting Ruth through my work at Rice. Although we worked in different departments, there wasn't a time we crossed paths that we didn't stop and share stories. She always had a big smile and we always laughed together no matter what we were discussing. It was evident she was a very caring person and will always be remembered for her character. Condolences to her friends, co-workers, and family.

  10. Griff and Family,
    I am so sad, I can’t stop thinking about Ruth not being here with us. Her lovely smile and caring heart. She will be missed by us all. Griff, we love you and your family! Love, Betty

  11. Ruth was my long time friend for 30 years with whom I have so many fond memories that I will cherish and hold close in my heart. I met Ruth and her family when both of our boys were in kindergarten then playing baseball together. I was blessed to be her friend. We shared so much from laughter to tears. We spent a lot of time together from birthday and sports parties, working as Mother’s Day out “teachers”, volunteers at Camp Good News and then remaining friends thereafter. Ruth had the kindest and sweetest heart and there was nothing she wouldn’t do for you , with you and give to you. She was very strong and loved her family so much. I will miss her terribly! A piece of my heart has gone to Heaven with her. She was a true beautiful friend leaving a footprint in my heart. I miss you Ruthie and love you so much. You have earned your heavenly wings.

    1. Thank you for sharing 30 years of life alongside Ruth! I was only able to experience Ruth’s Love for a season! My 2020 Christmas and my 62nd birthday party were all made beautiful by this Angel on earth, Ruth! Ruth was in glory instantly and she is covering all our pain with her beautiful Angel heavenly wings!❤️
      I will keep you in my prayers as we celebrate Ruth!!😇

  12. Diane Johnson-Washburn

    Griff ,Dennis and Ashley ,
    I’m so sorry for your loss . Nothing anyone can say to help the pain right now . I just wanna say , I’m so blessed to have known Ruth and y’all . Her smile and laughter is unforgettable ! I believe she took a piece of everyone’s heart with her to Heaven . She will be missed . Praying for everyone

  13. William Keyworth

    I remember a cute little blond teen-ager that was always working . Cleaning houses ,whatever it took to "better" herself . Before I knew it you were in Police Academy. You called me and said "CUZ ,WILL YOU COME TO MY GRADUATION " ? I was honored to drive 450 miles that night to see you proudly graduate HPD. I was So proud of my little cousin . We saw each other for all the summer holidays in Llano @ Ma's. Loving the beautiful river with kids running everywhere . Those were the days I will always remember of you and Griff always there enjoying family and friends .
    Happiness of Family and love ,things we take for granted until they are gone . I refuse to think of the heart ache of 'Today" . Instead I will remember YOU from Happy Times . I love you Ruthie and no words can describe our feelings of now . You are going HOME , to where we can only imagine the Peace and joy that awaits….Your OLDEST COUSIN ……Willie Keyworth

  14. Otis and Kathy Carey

    Please know that The Carey Family will be praying for your family during this time of bereavement. May God give you the strength you need!

  15. Roy Eveline/ Rice Security Specialist

    Griff, God Bless You and your Family. It was truly a blessing to know and work with Ruth. She Had such a sweet spirit and truly exemplified the Love of Christ.

  16. C.Morgan Gainer

    Griff, I am so sorry for your loss. You and Ruth were a big part of why we loved our Beechnut family. May God bless you and your family.

  17. Philip & Bridgett Roach

    Griff and Family, so very sorry for your loss, we are grieving with you. Ruth was a gem and was always a pleasure to be around, her warm and infectious smile will remain with us forever. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  18. Wayne & Molly Mosley

    Our heartfelt condolences to you, Dennis and Ashley. Our times together were memorable and will be kept for a lifetime. Please remember you are in our thoughts and prayers. May Ruth's soul rest in peace.

  19. Patty and Mike LaTouche

    Dear Griff, Dennis, and Ashley, We are so very sorry for your loss. Ruth was an amazing person in so many ways, and always loving and kind. Whatever we can do to help in any way, please just let us know. Our hearts and prayers are with you. Love always, Patty and Mike LaTouche

  20. Nash and Carla Patel

    There are no words, but there is much love surrounding you, your family, and in the memories of Ruth. The love and joy she brought to the world will never be forgotten. No one can ever replace the amazing person she was. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Nash and Carla Patel

  21. Johnny Watson and the Watson Family

    To the Maxwell,Andrew's and the Keyworths, my Sincere Condolences for the loss of a Beautiful Kind Hearted girl that turned into a Great woman Wife and Mother you was called away to soon but Jesus needed you to come home,for His purposes I Have known Ruth since we were kids and I know she's celebrating her new Birthday With Frank and Roy and all her loved ones that proceeded her,And I thank Sis For Raising such Strong And Faithful Christian Children and Teaching me about Jesus,Im forever Grateful to Her,until we meet again Ruth Enjoy your Eternal Home Amen

  22. Dottie Cooper Hinesley

    Ruth was a volunteer with me at Pearland High School, where I did an outreach, served and sold pizzas and had a great program during the PHS lunch hour. She was a faithful volunteer, patient with my short comings. Our daughters played together while we worked.
    I am so sorry for your loss. Ruth was a treasure!

  23. Westheimer Auto Crew

    Our Condolences to Griff and family. Ruth will be greatly missed and it was a blessing just to be able to know the both of you. She never knew a stranger and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers

  24. Deborah Lokey

    Griff and family; I know the days to follow will hold many emotions, memories, good and sad. Know your police family will never leave you.
    I remember Ruth when I was a rookie Firearms Instructor beginning teaching in Class 102. May the Lord Bless and Keep each of you, giving
    you strength to look forward and up to Jesus, knowing Ruth is in no better hands than his. You have much support when you need just a hug, or a private time with a church or police buddy. My prayers for each of you and any thing you need, no matter the hour or place, God and
    these police and church families are here. We all feel your pain but rejoice in knowing she is with Jesus.

  25. Mike Gustin, Lovett College Magister

    Ruth was kind, positive and brave. At Rice where she and I worked, she came to student meetings with Rice Crispie bars or cookies she made, had many, many warm, casual conversations with students, and she was friends with our shy dog Walter who just passed away late in life. She always greeted my wide Denise and I on the campus and we had many a delightful conversation together. Talking about her bravery, Ruth took an upper level reading-and-discussion-baaed course from Deborah Harter and me called Monster: conceptions and misconceptions of the monstrous in biology, art, literature, and medicine.She did the readings and fully participated in the discussion with us and 30 undergraduates. She brought a different perspective that we loved hearing about. Work demands eventually became too much and she had to leave before the semester ended. She loved her job at Rice and being with students. Ruth was full of life and we will miss her, deeply.

    1. Derrick McClinton
      Griff & Family, I know that words fail in the face of bereavement but our hearts are with you . May happy memories bring a measure of comfort and peace. I enjoyed Ruth's sense of humor and she always tried to get me to try her Bacon and Pepsi diet. Ruth will be greatly missed.

  26. My prayers are with you and your family. As a cadet in Class 102, Ruth was remarkable and a lively young cadet. She added much character to our class. We crossed paths again when I promoted and went to Beechnut. The best patrol station of my career May God bless your family while Ruth rests in eternal peace with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

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