Ruth Francis Garner was born February 8, 1924, in Spearman Texas to Clark and Fannie Miller Garner, the 6th of 9 children. The family moved near Las Animas, Colorado in 1927, where at the age of 17 she heard and embraced the Gospel. She embraced the truth and way of God which has been the whole focus of her life from that time on. Ruth was always the caregiver/nurturer, from her teen years living and serving in people’s homes, to caring for those that needed her in her home until she retired at the age of 75.
On May 23, 1944, Ruth married Lyle Milton Roush. The couple were married for 42 years until he passed away in November 1986. To this marriage three children were born, Clifford Dudley Roush, Linda Kathleen Roush Shinkle Dobson, and Dixie Diane Roush Gillaspie. In 1987 Ruth adopted Travis McCarty when he was 11 years old.
Ruth was known for having a garden of some variety throughout her life. She greatly enjoyed working in her garden and flower beds and shared the fruits of her labor with her family and friends.
At the age of 80, Ruth moved to Piedmont, Oklahoma to be close to her daughter. Ruth lived independently and cared for herself in her own home with the exception of a three-year span when she chose to live with her daughter Linda. The last three months of her life were spent in Parkland Manor, in Prague Oklahoma. She loved “her girls and guys “that cared for her.
Ruth’s life journey on this Earth ended on June 20, 2022 at the age of 98, in Prague, Oklahoma. Those that have preceded her in death, are brothers: Alva, Virgil, Roy (killed while serving in WWII) Dan, and Cecil. Sisters: Pearl, Ila, and Alice. Husband: Lyle, Son: Cliff Roush. Granddaughter: Charise Roush Blizzard. Those living to cherish her memory are her daughters, Linda Dobson (Lindell) of Prague, OK, Dixie Gillaspie, of St, Louis, Mo., and adopted son Travis McCarty of Albuquerque, NM. Daughter-in-law: Sherri McMillion Roush of Tonkawa, OK, Sister-in-law: Pauline Urton. Grandson: Jeff Shinkle (Amanda) of Benton, KS, Granddaughter: Gennie Shinkle Moskol (Mike) of Wichita, KS, and Michell Roush. Great Grandsons: Cody Shinkle (Audrey) of Hays, KS, Casey Shinkle, of Benton, KS, and Lane Moskol of Wichita, KS, and many nieces and nephews.
Services will occur Saturday, June 25, 2022, with visitation from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM followed by funeral services to celebrate her life at 2:00 PM at Buchanan Funeral Services, 8712 N. Council Road, Oklahoma City, OK.
A graveside service will be held at Fredonia City Cemetery, South Cement Plant Road, Fredonia, KS on Monday, June 27th at 11:00 AM.