Services to honor and remember the life of a gracious and elegant lady — Ruby E. "Marty" Kennedy will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 21, 2016, in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service. Her family will welcome guests at the funeral home Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. Marty passed away late Sunday evening at a Tulsa hospital.
Marty was born in Ladonia, Texas on Nov. 6, 1925. Her parents were Luke Mitchell and Maybelle (Ard) Craig. She spent her childhood and much of her early adult life in Texas. When she had completed her education, she opened two salons in the Dallas area. With that experience as a business owner, she furthered her business career by becoming one of the five nationwide Revlon Cosmetic Company's agents. Marty's God given talent as an artist added great value to her career and all those she represented.
Marty was married to Bob Turnbull and became a proud mother to her son, Bob. She was widowed and then met and married Jack Angle. With Jack's career as a professional baseball player, the couple made their first home in Houston. Then as an engineer, Jack's work took he and Marty to Belgium, New York, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Oklahoma, moving to Claremore from Oklahoma City. Marty made herself right at home in this community, becoming a very active part of the First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school classes for many years. She also found a renewed passion for sharing her gifting as an artist and not only continued to create her own works of art; but, she also taught art classes to many eager, aspiring area artists.
A gracious hostess, her home was a beautiful and welcoming place for friends and family. Nothing in her life was void of the lovely touches she creatively placed on her art work, her home and her own personal appearance. But it was the loving and giving nature of Marty's heart that made her the elegant woman for which she became known.
While still residing in Claremore, Jack passed away. Marty and LeRoy Kennedy married in December of 1996 and made a new home on Keystone Lake. In 2003 they moved to the Sand Springs area. During these years, Marty once again became an active part of a new church home and began teaching Sunday school. She enjoyed this opportunity until experiencing a fall which limited all her activities. Now she would spend time closer to home, appreciating the company and companionships of family and good friends and neighbors.
Described by her husband LeRoy as beautiful in a hundred ways—sight, sound and actions, Marty Kennedy will be missed by all who knew her. She will be remembered fondly by many friends and her family who include her husband LeRoy Kennedy of their home in Sand Springs; children Bob Turnbull and his wife Karen and Michelle Barnes and her husband Newman all of Texas; grandchildren Lesley, Lauren, Michel, David and LeeAnne; greatgrandchildren, Ariel, Ava, Zachary, Emma, Cooper and Ava. Marty was preceded in death by her parents, spouses and all six of her siblings.
Published on April 19, 2016