Ruth Lenora Rothacker passed away Sunday evening, March 26, 2017 at Clarehouse in Tulsa. She was 91.
Memorial arrangements will be held privately and have been entrusted to Rice Funeral Service and Cremation Center. Ruth will be inurned at Ft. Gibson National Cemetery.
Born June 30, 1925 in Danville, Ark., Ruth was the daughter of Daniel and Inez (Dennison) Demo.
Her work ethic was evident from a young age; it drove her to awake early in the morning to pick strawberries with migrant farm workers in the area.
As a teenager, she and four girlfriends hitchhiked to Wichita to work at a bomber plant during the war. She enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944 and served until the end of the war.
She reenlisted in 1949 and was honorably discharged November 20, 1950 in Fort Lee, Va.
Following her military service, Ruth became a registered nurse and travelled extensively.
She eventually made her way to the Bay Area of California, where she was introduced to Harold Rothacker. The couple were married May 30, 1957 in Carson City, Nevada.
After his retirement from the State of California, they moved to Claremore to provide a better quality of life for their two daughters. Ruth worked as a registered nurse at Hillcrest Medical Center, St. John Medical Center, Claremore Regional Hospital, and Claremore Indian Hospital. Harold and Ruth owned and operated the H&R Grocery Store on old State Highway 33 between Catoosa and Inola.
Ruth was very independent and always enjoyed work.
After retiring from nursing, she wanted to own Walmart stock, and eventually worked at the Claremore store for 16 years before finally retiring in her 80s. Ruth was practical, maintained a no-nonsense attitude, and lived a full and remarkable life.
Ruth enjoyed walking and was an avid birdwatcher, jigsaw puzzle aficionado, and voracious reader of mystery novels.
Surviving family members include her children: Kathy Clark and husband Robert; and Sharon Comer and partner Steve; her grandchildren: Natalie Standley, Stephanie Comer, Race Clark, and Katie Clark; and her great grandchildren: Bailey Dilldine and Tristan Ensor. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her sister Pauline Farley; and her brothers: Dan and Don Demo.
Published on March 31, 2017