RATLIFF CITY — Funeral services for Mrs. Ruby Ola (Terrill) Simpson, 84, of Pooleville, Okla., is scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at the Ratliff City Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Johnston and the Rev. Glynn Baker officiating. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at the Lakeview Cemetery of Marietta. Services are under the direction and care of Alexander Funeral Home of Ratliff City.
Ruby was born on March 22, 1933, at Burneyville, to the late Hershel “Jack” Allen Terrill and Laurada (Fincher) Terrill. She departed this life Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, at her home in Pooleville.
Ruby was raised in Burneyville, moving to Marietta during her eighth grade year. There, she met her lifelong sweetheart, Bill Simpson, and they were later married on Jan. 1, 1952, at Shamrock, Texas. Ruby was quite the basketball player when she was young and played within a women’s professional league for one year.
Furthering their education, they moved to Houston for a short while, where Ruby helped Bill get his accounting degree. They resided in Marietta, Duncan and even Montana before settling east of Ratliff City where they have remained.
They were blessed with two wonderful children, Mark and Deonna, and Ruby adored them and all of her grandchildren as well. She was always the glue that held the family together. Ruby owned and operated the Elmore’s Karry Out and Dress Shop in Ratliff City for over 30 years. She always loved shopping and would do so even when she was unable to leave home and purchase items off the television. Bill and Ruby have been longtime members of the Ratliff City Baptist Church.
Preceding her are her parents; sisters, Quetha Stewart and Teresa Terrill; and a brother, Lonnie Terrill.
Survivors include her loving companion and best friend, Bill Simpson, of the home; daughter, Deonna Unell and husband, Dr. Alan Unell, of Dallas, Texas; son, Mark Simpson and wife, Cindy, of Ratliff City; grandchildren, Mariah Douthit and husband, Devin; Jacklyn Kirk and husband, Doug; Adam Ogle and wife, Carrie; Jessica Simpson; and Mikey Simpson; five great-grandchildren; stepmother, Maxine Terrill, of Marietta; half sister, Michelle Terrill Elmer and husband, Aaron, of Tishomingo; and numerous other family and friends.
Casket bearers are Tommy Choate, Bill Thacker, Adam Ogle, Mikey Simpson, Jim Thompson and Devin Douthit.
Honorary bearer is her good friend, Mrs. Vera Clour.
Family visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Alexander Funeral Home of Ratliff City.
Condolences may be shared online at www.alexanderfuneralhome.org.