Rose Ann McCaw-Ransom
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Rose Ann McCaw-Ransom
Born into one of Rogers County's pioneer Native American families, Rose Ann was one of seven children gifted to Swimmer and Dessie L. (Dotson) Baldridge. She was born July 16, 1937 at the Indian Hospital in Claremore and delivered by Dr. Malloy, one of the first doctors in Claremore. Rose Ann was raised and educated in her birth community and graduated from Claremore High School with the Class of 1955. She continued her education by attending St. John's School of Nursing and then going on to the University of New Mexico as well as Oklahoma University. She was also a graduate of Tulsa Business College.
Rose Ann married the father of her children, JD McCaw, in 1956. This union was gifted with 5 children, Terry, Connie, James "JD", Ronnie Dale, and John. She excelled at being a wife and mother and faithfully provided for her family her entire life. Rose Ann was proud of all her children and their many accomplishments throughout their lives. One of the best accomplishments was when they made her a grandma. Being the fast pace Rose Ann we all knew, the family affectionately referred to her as the "drop and roll grandma;" leaving presents on the porch for all the special occasions but then having to get back to work or her next project.
If you knew Rose Ann she did everything at full speed. Some of her colleagues and other professionals in the community referred to her as the "red headed tornado." She loved Claremore, the community she called home her whole life. Rose Ann actively worked to make it a better place. She served on the Claremore Chamber board and was a chamber ambassador. Rose Ann was also a member of the Rotary Club and volunteered countless hours with CASA. Because of her strong love for people and the desire to care for others, Rose Ann found great fulfillment in her role as a board member for Safenet Services. She was instrumental in organizing and helping implement many of the fund raisers that ultimately benefited battered women in and around Claremore.
In later life, Rose Ann married Pete Ransom on Sept. 1, 2001 in a Eureka Springs, AR ceremony. The couple made their home in Inola. Always a country girl at heart, Rose Ann called it her hobby farm. She had chickens, cattle, a horse, and of course her three dogs. Rose Ann appreciated the quiet solitude the farm offered and many times could be found fishing at the pond. She relished the beauty of all the marvelous creations of God.
A women of great faith, this wife, mother, grandma, sister, and friend will be missed by all whose life she touched. Rose Ann is survived by her husband Pete, children, Terry D. McCaw, Connie L. Orr and husband Lon, James D. McCaw and wife Lori, John D. McCaw and wife Bettie Sue, grandchildren, Michael Terral, David McCaw, Justin McCaw and wife Kimmie, Melissa Trujillo and husband Gabe, Jami Brown and husband Jason, Matthew Terral, Jordon King and husband Chris, Jessica Albin and husband Brad, John Downey McCaw, and Audrey McCaw, twelve great grandchildren, brothers, Jack and Wayne Baldridge, sister, Louise Painter, half-brothers and sisters, Archie Baldridge, Clark Baldridge, Wanda Gerber, Sandra McKinney, and Swimmer D. Baldridge, Jr. Rose Ann was preceded in death by her son, Ronnie D. McCaw, great grandson, Caleb Thomas Terral, brothers, Bud and Glen Baldridge, and sister, Wilma Bennett.
In lieu of flowers or other condolences please consider making a donation in Rose Ann's name to Safenet Services P.O. Box 446 Claremore, OK 74018.
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