Born Sunday, March 29, 1942
Died Friday, November 1, 2019
Ruby Jean Oakley Tucker was born on March 29, 1942 in Oktaha, Oklahoma to the parents of Harrell and Irene (Winn) Oakley. Ruby is the eighth child born to this union, which 11 grew to adulthood.
She graduated from Manual Training High School in 1961 and then went to live with her Aunt Oda in Minnesota. While in Minneapolis, she also lived with sister, Arnee and her brother-in-law Joe, and provided babysitting duties for her nephews.
Ruby worked at Honeywell as an assembly worker, making temperature-controlled thermostats, from 1961 through 1967.
She met and married George Leroy Tucker on February 16, 1963 and three children were born to this union. Over the next few years, Ruby worked for several companies, Willard School lunchroom, Target and Thermo King. Ruby worked at Thermo King twice during her time with them, first in the 80’s before she was laid off. Thermo King called her back to work in the 90’s and she worked for them until they downsized. She had enough time saved up at Thermo King, to take an early retirement in 2001.
Long before retiring, Ruby started thinking about where she wanted to retire to and going home to Oktaha was the best place for her. She couldn’t wait to move back and literally packed everything she owned and shipped it down to Oktaha.
Ruby arrived in Oktaha on October 28, 2001 and resided in her parents’ homestead until March 28, 2012, when she moved into her Aunt Addie’s mobile home.
Ruby joined New Hope Baptist Church in November 2001. She became the assistant treasurer from 2003 to August 2019. Ruby enjoyed being assistant treasurer and being of service to her church and community.
As her desire to become closer to the Lord and in His word, Ruby enrolled in classes at the Oklahoma School of Religion, between 2007 to 2015. She became more knowledgeable and had a better understanding of the ways of the Lord, thereby her faith grew daily and she loved reading the Word.
From 2006 to 2012, Ruby joined the Heifer International Association with her brother Michael, where Heifer International Association sponsored them and purchased several cattle for them to take care of. She and Michael attended many conferences held by Heifer to learn how to properly raise cattle.
Around 2003, her brother Osee, transplanted beautiful peacocks on the family homestead and Ruby loved taking care of them, saving and giving away hundreds of feathers to family and friends. Ruby also took care of chickens, guineas and a host of ‘dropped’ off animals like dogs and occasional ducks.
Ruby got the gardening bug and planted flowers and fruit trees around her parent’s homestead, enhancing the beauty of the property. After moving to the mobile home, her gardening really blossomed as she planted flowers, herbs and vegetables around that property and in the last couple of years she planted lemongrass, many varieties of tomato plants and other vegetables in the garden.
Ruby’s hobbies over the years, were sewing, gardening and bowling with her Aunt Oda and sister, Arnee. She also liked to participate in testing out recipes and gadgets from the Test Kitchen. She probably has almost every type of pot, pan or bakeware one person could own. She acquired many recipes and enjoyed testing them out and sharing with family. Ruby loved her desserts, and she would often have serving size portions of desserts in the freezer that she would pull out to share with family, especially around the July 4th gathering.
Over the last several years, Ruby helped provide daily care to her sister Arnee when her health became challenging. This was a great help to Arnee’s husband, John “Uncle Bo”, which Ruby was very thankful that she was able to help care for her sister.
Ruby was preceded in death by her husband George Tucker and her Beloved parents, Harrell and Irene Oakley, adult siblings, Mildred Hill, Harold Oakley Jr, Osee Oakley, William Oakley and Arnee Sample.
She leaves to cherish her precious memory, her three daughters, Cynthia Lynn (Michael) Griffin, Deborah Irene Dixon and Kim Marie Tucker; granddaughters, Michelle Griffin, Janiese and Jessica Dixon, Jordyn and Kaylene Preciado; grandsons, Antoine Carter, David (Liz) Dixon, Devon Dixon and Andre Griffin; and great grandsons, Hunter Anderson and Langston Guy; Step children; George, Ivan, Shunner Tucker, Bridgetta Cherry, Trelisha Neely. Two sisters, Saundra Jackson, Adlaide Oakley; two brothers; Sherman Oakley, Michael (Rita) Oakley and two very special cousins raised as brothers, Fred (Jan) Brown and Wayne (Brenda) Brown; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A Home Going celebration has been planned for Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the New Hope Baptist Church, Oktaha, OK with Pastor Micheal Logan, eulogizing. The final resting place is at New Hope cemetery, Oktaha, OK.
Visitation, Friday, Nov. 8th 2019, 2:30 P.M. until 6 P.M.
The family has been cared for by House of Winn-Muskogee.