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Ruby Ellen Smith

Memorial services for Ruby Ellen Smith, 70, Hennessey were held at 1:30 p.m. Fri., May 6, 2016 at Hennessey’s First Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Les Washnock. Cremation arrangements were by Cordry-Gritz Funeral Home. Ruby was born in Wynnewood, Okla., on March 27, 1946 to Trudet T. and Pearl Tomlinson and died peacefully Sun., May 1, 2016, at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Enid after a two-year battle with cancer. She fought a brave fight to have more time on earth with those she loved, but in the end was ready to go home with her Savior. Growing up on a farm in Elmore City, Okla., Ruby always kept the heart and spirit of a farm girl, even after moving to “town” in her early twenties. Shortly after graduating from high school, Ruby married Eugene Smith and like many others during the oil boom, moved to Hennessey in the late 1960s. She made her life and home in Hennessey where she enjoyed the love and friendship of many. Ruby always had a smile and kind word to share with everyone she met. She worked as an oil and gas secretary for Gerald Moore for over 20 years before her illness. In the eyes of her children and family, Ruby has received the heavenly wings they always knew she kept hidden here on earth. Her family was core to her existence and she will always be cherished as an amazing mother and grandmother who devoted her world to her children. She gave them the roots, support and love to follow their dreams. They will continue to benefit from her wisdom, courage and  quiet humor. She is survived by one daughter, Tina Gilliland and husband Ronny of Hennessey; one son, Allen Smith and wife Jamie of Yukon; her children’s father, Eugene “Peaches” Smith of Enid; four grandchildren, Katrina Hertensen and husband Trevor, Alyssa Gilliland, Tanner Culver, Kyle Gilliland and wife Jenna, and two great-grandchildren. Her surviving sisters include Linda Yarbrough and husband Don of Oklahoma City, Wilma Jones and husband David of Pauls Valley and Patty McKee and husband Tommy of Norman; one brother, Roy Allen Tomlinson and wife Dessie of Elmore City; and numerous nieces and nephews. Ruby was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Bonnie and Norma, and two nephews, Lloyd Burk Jr. and Clayton Bettes. Memorial donations may be made in her name to the ProCure Cancer Foundation with the funeral home serving as custodian of the fund.


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