Ruth E. Williams
Ruth Elmina (Parnell) Williams, 97, passed away in peace and love on January 30, 2019, in Ness City, Kan. She was born October 11, 1921, in Hugo, Okla., to James A. “Andy” and Minnie Ann (Crawford) Parnell. Ruth grew up in the country east of Hugo. She received her education from country schools, Hugo High School, Oklahoma City University and Eastern Oklahoma State College.
She married her high school sweetheart Oscar Williams on September 6, 1940 in Pauls Valley, Okla. This marriage was blessed with two children, Jim Oscar and Quannah Lou. Our parents will never be forgotten, and their love will always be our guide.
Ruth was the Madill, Okla., Humpty Dumpty Kindergarten teacher for years. Teaching children was her passion and delight. She loved all her students at Humpty Dumpty and they loved her! She was known for her important kindergarten life lesson: “Hold hands and stay together!”
She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Order of the Eastern Star, Oklahoma Teachers Association, Business and Professional Women, Red Cross volunteer, Cub Scout Den Mother, Blue Birds and Campfire Girls leader and was involved in numerous other school, church and community activities. Ruth and Oscar were dorm parents for boys at Jones Academy, Hartshorne, Okla., and Tulsa Boys Home in Tulsa, Okla. She was also a very proud member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Ruth leaves behind many beautiful memories that will be cherished and carried in our hearts forever. She is survived by her son Jim Oscar (Priscilla) Williams, Lincoln, Kansas; her daughter Quannah Lou (Cletus) Gross, Ellis, Kan.; three grandchildren, three great grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, many friends and countless kindergarten students. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her two brothers, Robert Parnell and Sterlin Parnell.
Ruth was laid to rest beside her beloved husband Oscar on Feb. 4, 2019, at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Hugo, Okla. The service was under the direction of Hugo’s Prater-Lampton-Mills & Coffey Funeral Home. A celebration of her life will be held at Hugo in the springtime when the dogwood and redbud bloom.