Obituary for Georgia Rother

Ponca City Now - July 25, 2022 3:56 pm

Georgia Ann Rother

April 1, 1937 – July 22, 2022

Georgia Ann (Rund) Rother, 85, passed away on Friday, July 22, in Ponca City, surrounded by family and friends. She was born in Okarche, on April 1, 1937 to John and Georgia (Barrackman) Rund. She grew up on Okarche and attended Holy Trinity Catholic School. Upon graduation, she worked in medical offices before marrying Lawrence Rother, January 5, 1960. From there, they lived in Luther and Okarche, before settling at Union City where they raised their 3 girls, farmed and ranched.

Georgia loved to sew for her girls and others, and was known for her amazing pies. She also babysat numerous teachers’ children throughout the years. Georgia belonged to various homemaker groups , volunteered for the Red Cross, and was a member of the Parish Council at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Union City.

After Lawrence’s death in 1994, Georgia moved to Tulsa for several years before returning to Yukon. In 2016 she moved to Ponca City and eventually into the Via Christi Assisted Living Center, where she spent the last 4 years of her life playing bingo, dominoes, and enjoying time with her family and new friends.

Georgia is preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence J. Rother, her parents John and Georgia Rund, her sister Christine Fitzgerald, and her brother John Mike Rund.

She is survived by her daughters Melisa Rice and husband Chris, of Tecumseh, Melinda Allen and husband Aaron, of Ponca City, Laura Westemeyer and husband, Barry, of Iowa City, Iowa, as well as grandchildren Ashley Dixson and husband, Marcus, of Yukon, Christopher Ladd and wife, Jody, of Cushing, John Allen and wife LeAnna, of Ponca City, Larry Allen of Ponca City, and Lily, Joe, and Lucy Westemeyer, all of Iowa City.

She is also survived by great-grandchildren Blake and Jessi Shoemaker, Landon and Lauren Kimmel, Lance and Jonesi Ladd of Cushing, John and Landon Allen of Ponca City, great-great granddaughter Walker Shoemaker of Cushing, and by her brother, Matt Rund, and his wife Carol of Orange Park, Fla., along with numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

Her memorial service will be at Trout Funeral Home in Ponca City at 6pm on Thursday, July 28, followed by a funeral mass at 10am, Friday, July 29, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Okarche. Burial will be at Holy Trinity Cemetery, followed by a funeral dinner at the Holy Trinity Parish Hall. Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home & Crematory, 505 W Grand Ave, Ponca City, OK 74601.

Pallbearers are her nephews Scott Rund, Kevin Rund, Mark Fitzgerald, Steve Rother, Roy Wolf and Mike Baustert.

The family wants to thank the nurses and assistants at Via Christi and Hospice of North Central Oklahoma that helped make Georgia’s last few weeks very comfortable and pain free.

Source: Trout Funeral Home