Winnie Pearl Bird (Murphy) Rushing
Ardomore - Winnie Pearl Bird (Murphy) Rushing, 84, of Ardmore, Oklahoma passed away on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, after a long battle with cancer at her home in Ardmore. Winnie was born in Flat, Texas in Coryell County to Jim Marin Bird and Thelma Louise French Bird. She graduated from Valley Mills High School in 1955. After raising her children, she attended Southern Oklahoma Technology Nursing School in 1973. As an LPN she worked for several years at Ardmore Memorial Hospital and Ardmore Seventh Day Adventist Hospital.
Winnie loved babies and many pictures attest that she was always there to show her love to her grandchildren and great grandchildren in their early years. She loved family and bluebonnets. She knew how to respond with support and love, no matter what problem was brought to her. She loved to laugh with her children and recount family stories. Her favorite hobby was reading. She had a green thumb and could start a plant from any seed. She was a member of Mary Niblack Road Baptist Church. In 1975, she married Harold Rushing and they shared a life together for nearly 42 years before his passing in 2017. She missed him dearly and she will be missed by those who love her.
She is survived by siblings: Minnie Lindsey, Leta Fay Chandler, Jim Ed Bird and his wife, Janice, Jeanie Poston and her husband, Ralph; children: Loraine Sims and Maria Curry, Baton Rouge, LA, Millie and Ricky Vance, Ardmore, OK, Joe Murphy, Oklahoma City. OK, Erica and Rafael Ayuso, Austin, TX, Laurie and Bill Gorrell, The Colony, TX, Richard and Teresa Rushing, Kingston, OK, Susan and Steve Darnell, Kingston, OK; grandchildren: Sarah Vance, Sally and Scott Hunley, Alice Murphy and Mariah Box, Oliva Ayuso, Sullivan Ayuso, Chris and Megan Harrell, Amy and Steve George, Drew and Sarah Bacon, Leann Turner, Curtis and Marsha Turner, Shane Darnell, and Dillon and Samantha Darnell and 22 Great Grandchildren; she was preceded in death by husband: Harold Bruce Rushing; parents: Jim Marin Bird and Thelma Louise French Bird; brothers: James Bird and David Bird; brothers-in-Law:Charles Lindsey and Dwight Buddy Chandler; sisters-in-Law: Martha Bird and Joanna Bird
Pallbearers will be: Scott Hunley, Braeden Vance, Sully Ayuso, MIke Chandler, Marc Chandler, Drew Bacon and Chris Herrell.
Memorial Contributions may be made to: Cross Timbers Hospice 207 C St NW, Ardmore, OK 73401.
Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 21, 2021 in the Harvey-Douglas Centennial Chapel with Reverend Derek Crawford officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery, Ardmore, Oklahoma. The family will receive friends at the Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m.
Services are entrusted to the Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home & Crematory
Posted online on May 20, 2021