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Ruth Mae Morris died April 20, 2017 at her home in Lexington at the age of 85 years 8 months 21 days. Memorial Services are scheduled for 2:00 PM, Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Lexington, entrusted to the care of Wadley’s Funeral Service.
Ruth was born July 29, 1931 in Lexington, Oklahoma to Dennis and Lillie (Winters) Davey. She was raised in the Lexington area, but moved into town in 1942, during WWII when the government bought their to build the Navy Gunnery School, where the Lexington Assessment and Reception Center is now located. Ruth graduated from Lexington High School in 1950. She started working at the age of 14 for Palace Drug in Lexington, and then went to work in Norman as a bookkeeper. On May 26, 1955 she married Charles M. Morris in Norman, Oklahoma. They made their home in Lexington, while they raised their family. When their daughter was growing up, Ruth delivered flowers, did ironing and helped her husband finish his degree. Ruth also worked as a county voter registrar a notary and as the secretary of the Lexington Cemetery Association. When their daughter was 12, Ruth started working at First State Bank in Lexington as a cashier and bookkeeper. Ruth went on to become the deputy city clerk and then city clerk of Lexington before her retirement. Ruth was an active member at the First United Methodist Church of Lexington, where she held many offices, including church treasurer. Ruth loved embroidering, quilting, crocheting, knitting, cooking and reading. She also enjoyed listening to gospel and old country and western music. Home was her sanctuary, and she loved working in the outdoors, around the log cabin that she and her husband designed and paid for after starting to save money from the odd jobs Ruth held.
Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, Dennis and Lillie Davey; her husband of 54 years, Charles Morris; sister, Edith Lawson; and brother, Dewey Davey. Survivors include her daughter, Edie Morris of the home; brother Nolan Davey and wife, Orabeth of Lexington; and many other relatives and friends.
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