The Gingerbread Lady, Ruth Pierce Burton, a descendent of Ellis County pioneer families including the first postmaster of Ellis County, entered the church triumphant Feb. 16, 2011, at the age of 95. In 1968, she and her late husband, Cecil Burton founded the famed Waxahachie Gingerbread Trail. She became known as “The Gingerbread Lady” and was officially designated by the Waxahachie City Council in 2002.

In 1983, she was inducted into the Waxahachie Ex-students Hall of Fame for her accomplishments as a noted portrait artist, excelling in florals and landscapes. Her career was designing gowns which frequently clad belles at proms, coronations and weddings. In 1993, she was honored as Waxahachie’s First Lady.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Olivia and Fred Harrington of Waxahachie; granddaughters and their husbands, Angela and Bob Heck of Midlothian and Teenya and Alan Barnard of Rockport; and two great grandchildren.

A visitation will be held at the home from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, 2011.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, in the chapel of Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Waxahachie City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Ellis County Art Association or the First United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Waxahachie.