It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of Sister Ruth Pillman Windham.
Sister Ruth served as Grand International President to the then Grand International Auxiliary to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (GIA), now known as the BLET Auxiliary, from 1996-2001. She played a major role in the transformation of the GIA, taking it into the New Millennium. As Grand Guide at the Third Quinquennial Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1981, she introduced a resolution establishing the Scholarship Program, as well as a resolution to establish the Legislative Program. Prior to her term as Grand International President, Sister Ruth served as the Auxiliary’s first legislative representative along with her position as 2nd Vice President. In 1997, in partnership with the BLE, she was instrumental in the establishment the Auxiliary’s Mobilization Program.
Ruth and her husband, Roland Wilson “Windy” Windham, were a dynamic and fun-loving couple and were regular attendees at the BLE regional meetings over the years, particularly the Southwestern Convention Meeting (SWCM) and the Southeastern Meeting Association (SMA). Windy served as General Chairman of the Missouri Pacific General Committee of Adjustment (Western District) for many years, and also held the office of Local Chairman of Division 182 in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He passed away in April 2009 at the age of 86.
Sister Ruth remained a member of Generosity Auxiliary No. 37 in Little Rock, Arkansas, until her passing on Sunday, March 26, 2017. We thank her for her many years of service to the Auxiliary and offer our sincere condolences to her family. She will be fondly remembered by her BLET and Auxiliary sisters and brothers, and her many friends across the nation.