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October 3, 2012

Griffin receives Ruth Nobles Memorial Scholarship

Corsicana — Brittney Griffin of Dallas is the recipient of the Ruth Nobles Memorial Scholarship. Griffin is in the Associate Degree nursing program at Navarro College. The scholarship was established by friends and colleagues of Ruth Nobles, the first African-American nurse employed at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Mrs. Nobles was born in 1924 in Corsicana. Following her graduation from G.W. Jackson High School in 1942, she enrolled at Prairie View A&M to prepare for a career in nursing. After earning her degree in 1945, Ms. Nobles joined the staff at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. In 1952 she came home to Corsicana to work at the Navarro Regional Hospital that had just opened. According to her longtime colleague, Joyce Chandler, Mrs. Nobles was often faced with racial discrimination in the work place, but she quickly earned the respect of her co-workers and her patients with her professionalism and job performance. She became a mentor to new nurses, and doctors relied on her expertise in dealing with patients. She retired in 1984.  

The Rev. Dairy Johnson remembered her as an active member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church, where he serves as senior pastor. She taught Sunday school and was involved in many of the church programs and ministries.

“Everyone loved Ms. Ruthie,” Johnson said. “She was always willing to help with whatever we needed at the church.”  

Griffin expressed her gratitude for the scholarship and the honor it afforded her to carry on the legacy of Mrs. Nobles.

Dr. Tommy Stringer, Executive Director of the Navarro College Foundation, commended the friends and colleagues who established the scholarship.

“Not only does it assist deserving students like Brittney but also honors the memory of a very special lady,” Stringer said. “The Navarro College Foundation is pleased to be part of the scholarship.”

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