Obituary for Vera Ruth Garwood

Ponca City Now - May 1, 2014 12:00 am

Vera Ruth Garwood of Blackwell, Oklahoma, died Thursday, May 1, 2014, in the Hillcrest Manor Nursing Home at the age of 90 years.

Vera Ruth Garwood was born on July 20, 1923, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Raymond Lester and Oval Willie (Wyatt) Bridgewater. As a young girl she moved with her family to Hatfield, Arkansas. They later moved to Sasakwa, Oklahoma, before moving to Holdenville where she graduated from Holdenville High School in 1941. While in high school she married Paul Kemper Lynch on November 4, 1940, in Holdenville. He preceded her in death in May of 1946, the result of a plane crash. Following his death she attended Oklahoma A. & M. in Stillwater where she received her teacher certification. While in college she met Vernon Leslie Garwood and they married on July 15, 1949, in Stillwater. She taught high school home economics and English in various districts in north central Oklahoma and southeaster Kansas. She retired from education in the mid 1980’s. Following retirement they returned to Blackwell to make their home. Vernon preceded her in death on April 22, 2007. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, A.A.R.P., and the Senior Citizens Center where she was active in delivering Meals on Wheels. She enjoyed sewing, writing and family history.

She is survived by her son, Kenneth Garwood and wife Sue of Blackwell; two daughters, Linda Mosgrove of Blackwell and Karen Ruberson and husband Vern of Peoria, Arizona; four grandchildren, Daniel Garwood and wife April of Edmond, Oklahoma, Tina Lee of Garrett, Indiana, Eric Ruberson of Phoenix, Arizona, and Brittany Keilman of Blackwell; and five great grandchildren, Claudea Lee of Garrett, Indiana, and Grace, Annie, Jewel and Lucy Garwood of Edmond.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Ann Lynch Huston; a brother, Terry Bridgewater; and two sisters, Dorothy Willingham and Maudie Stiffler.

Services are scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 7th in the First United Methodist Church in Blackwell with Rev. Jim Constant and Rev. Pam Cottrill officiating. Burial will follow in the Blackwell Cemetery.

Casketbearers will be Dan Garwood, Eric Ruberson, Jim Constant, Dick Cavett, Sonny Huston and Bob Garwood.

A memorial has been established in her honor with the First United Methodist Church in c/o Roberts and Son Funeral Home, 120 W. Padon, Blackwell, Oklahoma 74631.