, Muskogee, OK

January 9, 2014

Ruby Mae Brown


— Ruby Mae Wyrick’s lived on this side of Glory, 82 years, 10 months and 29 days.  Her journey began in the Columbia County of Arkansas on February 2, 1931 where she was welcomed by her parents Joe Turner Wyrick and Isabell Johnson Wyrick.

In 1941 her family moved to Oklahoma and made their home in Haskell.  Ruby attended the Booker T. Washington School there in Haskell.  She joined the fellowship of First Baptist Church, Haskell, Oklahoma, (now Eastside Baptist Church), and was baptized into the family of God by Rev. Charles Davis, Pastor.

Ruby married Mr. Cecil Brown and they were the proud parents of two sons, Cecil Jr. and Willis Laverne.

Later in life Ruby relocated to Muskogee, Oklahoma where she united with the Rayfield Baptist Church family and remained a faithful member until her health failed.  She was very fond of her pastor and his wife.  She loved God and worshipped Him there with her sisters and brothers in Christ.

Ruby loved to cook, to can vegetables/fruits and to bake.  She made her family happy with some very delicious meals.  Everyone always grabbed her black-eyed peas, luscious seven-up cake, sweet potato and pecan pies at family gatherings.

She not only cooked for her family but was a longtime employee of the Oklahoma State Children’s Home in Taft, OK, where she prepared nutritious meals for the residents at the home.

Although she gave birth to two sons, she was a mother to many.  Her nieces and nephews loved her tremendously and so did many other children whom she cared for during her lifetime.  She was a very caring person and often placed other’s need before her own.

Ruby was a member of all organizations of Prince Hall of the Oklahoma Jurisdiction which includes The Heroines of Jericho, The Eastern Star, Golden Circle and Daughters of Hira Court, Muskogee, Ok.  She served as the treasurer of this organization for many years.

Preceding her in death, her father and mother, husband Cecil Sr., sister Thelma Walker, nephew, Gerald Wayne Barnett and niece, Elaine Walker.

She leaves to cherish her memory:  Two sons, Cecil, Jr., (Vanessa) of Tulsa, Willis Laverne (Myra) of Edmond, Ok.  Ten grandchildren: Tony, Jennifer, Steve, Casey, Richard, Alysa, Willis Laverne, Jr., Nicole, Kenny and Murrell.  A host of great-grandchildren, a god-daughter and two step-daughters, (Phyllis and Mary).

Three sisters, Selma Lockett (Houston, TX), Corean Barnett, Maxine Myers, one brother Pleas (Patricia)Thompson all of Tulsa and  two cousins,  Floyd Johnson (Anna) and Christine Johnson Wiley,  who were more like sister and brother to her and her sisters.

In addition to her sister-in-laws, Jeanette Hollis (Sylvester) and Betty Jo Rivers, California, brother–in-laws, Kenneth Brown of San Francisco, CA, and Cornelius Brown of Tulsa; she also leaves nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. 

A Home Going Celebration will be conducted Saturday, January 11, 2014, 11;00 a.m., Rayfield Baptist Church, 601 Indianapolis Street, Muskogee, OK; with Rev. Leroy Walker, Sr., eulogizing.  Interment will follow in Haskell City Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday, 1- 6 p.m.

The family has been cared for by the Winn Family at Granger-House of Winn Funeral Home.

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