Ruth Brazzil Roome, a member of the All-Woman Supreme Court, the eldest child of William N. and Winnie Shelman Brazzil, was born in Tyler, Texas, on September 12, 1889. She obtained at least part of her early education in Wharton, Texas, and attended the University of Texas as a special student in law. In 1912 she was admitted to the Texas bar. While in Austin she worked for a legislator. She had a particular interest in real estate, and sometime in her twenties reportedly managed a Wharton abstract company. She became assistant treasurer and assistant general manager of the American National Life Insurance Company in Galveston. In appointing a qualified third justice for the All-Woman Supreme Court just before it convened in January 1925, Governor Pat Neff located and recommended Ruth Brazzil for the court. She had the required seven years of legal experience, unlike the women originally nominated for her position, and familiarity with property law. During the 1920s she left Galveston to join farmer Roy Roome of Wharton County, Texas, whom she married in December 1927. Although she obtained a divorce within two weeks of their wedding, she continued using her married name. She moved to the Hill Country sometime in the late 1920s or early 1930s and apparently gave up practicing law. She continued dealing in real estate while living in Bandera and Center Point. For a time she served as postmistress in Bandera and collaborated on several writing projects with friends. Later, she was engaged in genealogical research and travel. Ruth Brazzil Roome retired to Kerrville from 1966 and lived there until her death, on May 22, 1976. Her remains were buried there at the Garden of Memories Perpetual Care Cemetery.
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June 1, 1995
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