RINGLING — Celebration of Life services for Ruth A. (Thompson) Pogue, 96, longtime resident of Ringling are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at the Ringling United Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles McConnell, the Rev. John Marks and family members officiating. She will be laid to rest at the Ringling Memorial Cemetery. Services are under the care and direction of Alexander Funeral Home of Ringling.
Mrs. Pogue was born Jan. 12, 1920, on the banks of Mud Creek at Stoner, Okla., to the late Charley C. Thompson and Bessie Alice (Bowden) Thompson. She was called home to heaven on Tuesday evening, Jan. 10, 2017, at Marlow just two days before her 97th birthday.
Mrs. Pogue was raised at Stoner attending school there. She married the love of her life, Charles Edward Pogue on July 14, 1935, and from that union came two daughters and two sons. After moving to Ringling in 1957 and living in the home built as an orphanage, she began taking care of the elderly in that home. Later her husband built a new building and she served as administrator of the Ringling Nursing Home for many years. After her husband’s death on Nov. 18, 1978, she started working at Reser Funeral Home. She worked there until she was 90 years old and considered it her new ministry.
Mrs. Pogue was known for her servant spirit and strong faith in her Lord Jesus Christ. She trusted the Lord as her Savior as a young woman during a brush arbor meeting in Stephens County. She served her local church and community in a variety of ways. She volunteered as Sunday School secretary and record keeper for many years an untold number of funeral dinners during her 30 plus years of employment at Reser Funeral Home of Ringling. She baked pies by the score. The pecan pies were made with pecans she picked up and shelled herself. Her chocolate cream pies were the favorites of her 10 grandchildren.
The annual youth trips to Falls Creek Baptist Assembly in the summer were a major highlight in Ruth’s life. She enjoyed being with young people, many of whom were her own children and grandchildren, during the hot summer. Mrs. Pogue always made certain the group was fed both physically and spiritually. It was so special for her and the youth groups. She would furnish scholarships for the young people who could not afford the cost of the trip. Heaven only knows the number of lives changed through her care and concern.
In addition to her husband, also preceding her in death were her parents; son, Billy A. “Bill” Pogue – Jan. 4, 1998; son-in-law, Dwayne Pollock; and her sister, Toy Gentry.
She is survived by her daughters, Charlene Pollock of Duncan and Kay Sanders and husband, Paul of Little Rock, Ark.; son, Don Pogue and wife, Suzanne of Ringling; daughter-in-law, Lonnetta Pogue of Ringling; 10 grandchildren, Charles Sanders of Little Rock, Ark., David Sanders of Conway, Ark., Sandi Medlin of Oklahoma City, Randy Pollock of Duncan, Rodney Pollock of Duncan, Charles Ray Pogue of Ringling, Michelle Lewis of Ringling, Heather Sowards of Bettendorf, Iowa, Cody Pogue of New Castle and Jim Ed Pogue of Bettendorf, Iowa; she also has 23 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Casket bearers are Charles Ray Pogue, Randy Pollock, Rodney Pollock, Cody Pogue, Jim Ed Pogue and Rick Lewis.
Honorary bearers are Charles Lewis Sanders, David Sanders and Jeff Sowards.
The family wishes to thank the staff and employees of Marlow Manor for the excellent care and concern shown for Mrs. Pogue during her stay there.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center in care of the Baptist Building, Attn: Development Office, 3800 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112.
Family visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. this evening at Alexander Funeral Home of Ringling.
Condolences may be shared online at www.alexanderfuneralhome.
God saw she was getting tired, And a cure was not to be, So he put his arms around her, And whispered “Come with me”, With tearful eyes we watched her suffer, And saw her fade away,
Although we love her dearly, We could not make her stay, A golden heart stopped beating, Hard working hands to rest, God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.