Ruth  Haynie


Beloved wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, teacher, and friend Ruth Haynie of Claremore passed away April 26, 2019 with her husband, daughter, and brother by her side. She was born August 29, 1947, to William Bourke and Mary Fry and was a proud Cherokee Nation member. Ruth grew up in Verdigris where she enjoyed 4-H and basketball, earning the nickname "Tiger Ruth" for being so tough. Ruth graduated from Claremore High School in 1965. She then earned a B.S. in Business Education from NSU, Tahlequah, and later a certification in Elementary Education while working full time and raising her daughter. Ruth was employed at Newville Engineering in Oklahoma City before moving back to Claremore, and Mr. Newville credits her hard work for helping his company become successful quickly.
Ruth began her teaching career as a third grade teacher with Foyil Schools and then taught High School Business. In that role she lead the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) to receive awards and a trip to California to present their business venture which was the establishment of a student store to sell school supplies within the high school. In later teaching years, Ruth was employed with Claremore Schools, teaching computer and typing as well as other subjects at Central Upper Elementary, where she remained until her retirement. When not teaching in school, Ruth was always utilizing her skills to educate by tutoring students and children of friends. Many students that are now adults recall and appreciate her teaching them strong typing and computer skills.
Following her retirement, Ruth enjoyed traveling, attending concerts, watching Thunder games, and dining at new locations with her husband. She also enjoyed watching her daughter conduct trials at the courthouse and loved and cherished time playing with, reading to, and sewing amazing unique things for her Grandson. She attended classes learning to create stained glass and participated in membership of the Oklahoma Home and Community Education Club (OHCE) in Verdigris. Ruth was an excellent seamstress and regularly entered her work in the Fair where she won numerous ribbons for her sewing and baking expertise. Friends and family always requested batches of her holiday divinity, which is difficult to perfect, and many also enjoyed her Fair winning peanut butter cookies.
Ruth was known for her genuineness, kindness, loyalty, and fun-loving nature. With thoughtfulness and amazing insight about life, she often guided her friends and family through life's joys and sorrows. She is loved dearly by many and is wholeheartedly missed by her family. Even in death, Ruth's giving and teaching spirit is being carried out as she chose to donate her body to the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine to assist students in their education.
She is survived by her mother Mary Fry, husband, Don Haynie, daughter Jenny Sanbrano Hester and husband Darrin Hester, beloved Grandson, brother Rex Fry and wife Brenda, nieces Tana Ream and husband Mike, Lesley Thomas and husband Nathan, Lisa Sixkiller and husband Bryan, aunt Mary Jane Fry, cousins Linda Kay Womack, Victor Fry, Jr., and Ronnie Joe Henry, seven great nephews and one great niece, and lifelong best friend Dr. Karen Gunter Dosser. She was preceded in death by her father William Bourke Fry, grandparents Merritt and Maggie Culver Fry and Abb and Evie Cox, sister in law Ann Fry, uncle Victor Fry, Sr., and cousin Jana Fry.
A Memorial and Celebration of Life will be held on June 8, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Verdigris United Methodist Church, 8936 E. 530 Road, Claremore, OK 74019
Published on May 28, 2019
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3 posts

Gloria Lederman Holloway
Jun 04, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Ruth's passing away. I was her neighbor on High Wood Dr. for many years. such a kind sweet lady. Jennie is the only one that I kind of knew, so pass on my condolences to her.
Brenda Metzinger
Jun 04, 2019
Ruth was one Special Lady. One time I took food & dessert to their home, as Ruth had had surgery & unable to do those simple task like cooking etc. Before leaving I offered to pray for her which she so quickly responded with “ Yes, Please do”! Ruth’s Heart was so open for GODS best & no doubt as to where she is today. She is basking in the presence of her Father GOD , worshipping HIM in her new garment of praise!!!
I will miss Ruth dearly, while looking forward to joining her someday so I too can PRAISE OUR FATHER GOD in HIS PRESENCES along with Ruth. What a glorious Day that will be !
Brenda Long
May 31, 2019
To all of Ruth's family, please accept my deepest condolences on Ruth's passing. Ruth was one of the sweetest people I've ever known and it was my pleasure to have known her. I am greatly saddened to learn of loss. I know she is celebrating her new eternal life with all her friends and family gone before. God bless those whose lives will be touched by her generous gift even in her death. "Greater love has no man than to lay down their life for another." Rest in peace, sweet lady.