Winnie Ruth Moore, born November 26, 1915 near Foss, Oklahoma to Robert Edward and Ida Averta Harrison, passsed from this life on January 18, 2012 at the Great Plains Regional Medical Center, Elk City, Oklahoma. She was 96 years of age.
Ruth was the first of five children, at age seven, her famiy moved back to their home state of Alabama. They established a farm in Baldwin County near Mobile. Ruth graduated high school in Summerdale. Being the oldest she helped her father with farming and livestock. She learned to cook and tend to her younger siblings when her mother suffered from yellow jaundice. She had great pride in her 4-H events and exccelled at school. Ruth’s sister Eulala, two years younger, cried to stay with Ruth at school and the teacher let both girls start school together. Ruth worked as a house keeper for the Halk family, who owned a business in town. She helped take care of their baby and four other boys.
Ruth happened to meet Roy Moore and his young son Howard, from Oklahoma, at a mutual friend’s house. On June 19, 1935 Ruth and Roy were married by the Justrice of the Peace in Elberta, Alabama. That was the beginning of sixty-nine and a half years together farming, trading livestock and raising a family. Roy was twenty-four and Ruth nineteen. They lived in Bowie, Texas, Ringold, Texas, Summerdale, Alabama, and Moorewood, Oklahoma, before moving to Leedey, Oklahoma in 1944. They bought a farm west of Leedey and made their home there until January, 1947 when they purchased the Greer Ranch southeast of Moorewood, Oklahoma. They raised their four children on the ranch, Howard, Dewayne and Eddie Lorane. Ruth enjoyed working on the ranch. She was the accountant, gardener, cook and care giver for her husband and children.
Ruth was baptized as a young girl in her home Baptist church in Alabama. She was a member of the United Methodisxt Church of Leedey. She was a faithful member and loved her church. Ruth served as Sunday School teacher, worked each year at Bible school, helped with many quilting project and funeral dinners. She was on committee’s that helped build the new church addition, put new carpet down, new pews and furnishings.
Ruth was preceded in death by husband Roy Smith Moore, parents R.E. and Ida Harrison, daughter-in-law Opal Pauline Moore and grandson Harold Lynn Moore and his wife Vana. She is survived by one sister Eulula Bauer of Forsyth, Georgia and a large famiy: Howard Roy Moore of Leedey, Oklahoma, Maxine Rounds and husband Billy of Hammon, Oklahoma, Dewayne Moore and wife Sue of Leedey, Oklahoma, Eddie Moore and wife Shawn of Haughton,, Louisiana; grandchildren, Janet Brown and husband Rick of Cherokee, Oklahoma, Kenny Rounds and wife Debbie of Leedey, Oklahoma, Gaye Frye and husband Shawn of Marlow, Oklahoma, Larry Moore and wife Lorri of Hammon, Oklahoma, Roy C. Moore of Minot, North Dakota and Makensie Ruth Moore of Baten Rouge, Louisiana, 9 great grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, other family and a host of friends. A special thank you to Beth Bailey and the ambulance crew for the care they gave our mother.
Cheyenne Star, Cheyenne, OK 26JAN2012
(Note difference in daughters’ name)