Claremore Daily Progress

Obituaries

January 30, 2008

Ruth Margaret McKerrow

Ruth Margaret McKerrow, 92, died unexpectedly on Monday, Jan. 28, 2008, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Mo. Ruth was born on June 25, 1915, in Dawn, Mo., the fourth daughter of Elmer E. and Mary Annie Perry, and was a lifelong resident of Livingston Co., Mo. On Sept. 4, 1938, she was united in marriage to Gail McKerrow in Mayfield, Ky., and they enjoyed 59 years of marriage together. He preceded her in death on Oct. 22, 1997.

Ruth was a graduate of Dawn High School, Kirksville State Teachers College (now Truman State University), and Chillicothe Business College. Besides farming in the Dawn community, she and her husband owned several motels, including the Best Western of Chillicothe. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and secretary of her Philathea Sunday School Class. She was a true role model for those who wished to live with love in their hearts, and she received love in return from those whose lives she touched.

In addition to her husband, Gail, Ruth was also preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Esther Steele and Ethel Perry, and her daughter-in-law, Carol McKerrow.

Ruth is lovely remembered by her son, Joe McKerrow of Claremore; her daughters, Margaret Dyer and husband Bob of Eureka, Nev.., and Jane Dunn and husband Brian of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; her sister, Grace VanEaton, of Chillicothe, Mo.; her grandchildren, Andy McKerrow of Claremore, Rob Dyer of Lafayette, Calif., Renee, Tiffany and Todd Dyer of Reno, Nev., Megan Dunn of Kansas City, Mo. and Nick Dunn of Lee’s Summit, Mo., and great-granddaughter, Alex McKerrow, of Oologah. She is also survived by three step-grandchildren, Dena Harl, George Harl, and Matt Harl, all of Claremore, eight step-great grandchildren and two step-great-great grandchildren, and by numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends who shared in her abundant love. Her arms could spread very wide to embrace her family, a group that went well beyond those directly related to her.

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Obituaries
  • Leon Phillips Semkoff

    A celebration of the life of Leon Phillips Semkoff will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 at the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service.

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  • Florence Lorene Wolfington

    Graveside service for Florence Lorene Wolfington will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 30, at Woodlawn Cemetery with Pastor Charles Ragland officiating.  Burial will follow under the direction of MMS-Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service.  Visitation will be held at the funeral home Tuesday 1-8 p.m.

    July 29, 2014

  • Donald Henry Secondine

    A celebration of the life of Donald Henry Secondine will be 10 a.m., Monday, July 28, 2014 at Verdigris Assembly of God Church. Burial will be 2:00 p.m. at Nowata Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Rice Funeral Service. Visitation will be Sunday from 1-5 at the funeral home with family receiving visitors from 2-4. Don passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. He was 84.

    July 27, 2014

  • Sherry Dawn “Redbone” Ralston-Gropp

    Private family services are scheduled for Sherry Dawn Ralston-Gropp. Visitation was Friday, July 25, 2014 at Rice Funeral Service. Sherry passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2014. She was 54.

    July 27, 2014

  • Tommy Joe Russell

    Graveside service for Tommy Joe Russell will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 29, at Highland Cemetery with Luther Martin officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of the Inola Funeral Home & Crematory. Visitation will be held at the funeral home Monday 1-8 p.m., and family will greet friends 6-8 p.m.

    July 27, 2014

  • Jonathan Ashford “J.J.” Sluka

    Funeral service for Jonathan Ashford “J.J.” Sluka will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 23, at River of Life Assembly of God with Pastor Rodney Wilborn officiating. Burial with military honors by the U.S. Army will follow at Highland Cemetery under the direction of the Inola Funeral Home & Crematory.  Visitation will be held at the funeral home Tuesday, 1-8 p.m., and family will greet friends from 5-8 p.m.

    July 22, 2014

  • Doris Ann Chafin

    Funeral service for Doris Ann Chafin will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 18, at Verdigris Assembly of God with Brother Harold Brannon officiating. Burial will follow at Lone Elm Cemetery under the direction of MMS-Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service. Visitation will be held Thursday 1-8 p.m., and family will greet friends 5-7 p.m.

    July 18, 2014

  • Patricia (Pat) D. Nickerson

    Graveside service for Patricia (Pat) D. Nickerson will be held 10 a.m. Friday, July 18, 2014 at Oakhaven Memorial Gardens in Claremore. Pallbearers will be Roy Rollins, Rob Rollins, Ron Rollins, Wayne Allen, Kelsey Wells, Angela Nowlin, Amber Holinsworth, and Maegan Gardner; and honorary pallbearer will be Rev. Joey Bentley. Visitation will be held on Thursday, from 1-8 p.m. with family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m.

    July 17, 2014

  • Jewel S. Starr

    Funeral service for Jewel S. Starr will be 1 p.m., Friday, July 18, at the MMS-Payne Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Paul Simpson and Chaplain Bishop Bell officiating. Burial will follow at Wann Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home Thursday 1-8 p.m., and family will greet friends 6-8 p.m.

    July 17, 2014

  • Mildred Warden

    Mildred Warden was the mother of three and surrogate mother to hundreds.
    She operated one of Claremore’s first daycare for children. She died Friday, July 11, 2014 at the age of 86.

    July 15, 2014