Norris Ruth Tanton was born on October 13, 1943, into a family of educators. Her father, Norris Tanton was superintendent at Commerce ISD for 16 years and her mother, Charlean Tanton was an elementary school teacher at Campbell ISD for 30 years. Ruth graduated from Commerce High School and went on to receive her Bachelor and Masters Degrees from East Texas State University in Commerce. Ruth majored in English and Business Education, earned her Masters in Elementary Education and completed post graduate studies for her Supervisor Certification.
Miss Tanton, began her teaching career at Royse City ISD in 1965, where she taught high school Business, English and elementary Math for four years. Ruth left Royse City to marry Ben Cherry and taught thirteen years in various school districts as she followed her military husband. Mrs. Cherry returned to Royse City ISD in 1983, as our high school business teacher. Ruth was promoted to Browning Primary Principal in 1984, and then eighteen months later moved back to the high school where she served as principal until her retirement. Ruth led our high school to receive our district's first “Recognized” status rating from the Texas Education Agency. After retirement, Ruth worked for five years at Dallas ISD as a consultant to low performing secondary schools.
Mama Cherry, as she was affectionately named by students, spent 19 years impacting the life of each child she taught at Royse City. Ruth loved her students, wanted them to succeed and went the extra mile to help her students, especially those less fortunate. At the close of announcements each morning, Mrs. Cherry would smile and remind her students and staff, …” remember Mrs. Cherry loves you.” After a total of 28 years in education, Ruth Cherry retired in June of 1998.
We wish to thank you, Ruth Cherry, for making a difference for Royse City students and always remember Royse City ISD loves you!
“Our children are a gift from God and should be cherished each and every day.”
Ruth Cherry Elementary School Dedication, September 13, 2009