Kathy Charlene Smith

July 4, 1948 ~ October 4, 2021 (age 73)


Kathy Charlene Smith was born on July 4, 1948 in Duncan, Oklahoma to Charles "Sonny" Edward Smith and Elva Marlene (Moore) Smith. She passed away peaceful on October 4, 2021 at the age of 73 in Duncan.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Friday, October 15, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Kathy Gibson officiating.

Kathy was married to Donald Ruger on September 2, 1983. He preceded her in death on October 3, 2011 after 28 years of marriage.

Kathy graduated from Velma High School with the Class of 1966 and went on to earn a Master's degree with Northeastern State University. She taught for 30 years with 27 years spent as an elementary teacher for the Liberty-Mound School near Tulsa, as well as teaching reading and summer school part time. Kathy was named Teacher of the Year in 1985 and was a Finalist for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. She was known as "The Purple Lady" at school, because purple was her color. She was a part of many professional committees including Tulsa Metro Executive officer, helping with numerous teacher conventions, Liberty-Mound Teachers Association, Oklahoma Textbook Committee, civic activities, as well as Democratic Educators Caucus, delegate to Democrat County Convention, an alternate to the State Democrat Convention, and the Christmas play Director. Kathy volunteered her time to be a docent at Foreman Prairie House for several years. She is leaving a legacy to her family in the form of the Smith Family Cookbook which she organized and published. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Kathy was an amazing woman that loved to read and loved her animals, especially cats.

Kathy is survived by her step-son, Dennis Weymouth; sister, Karen Cooley; niece, Jennifer Cooley and fiance Timothy Rooney; aunt, Ada Lou Grimes; numerous cousins; as well as her best friends: Janie, Mary Jane, Teresa, and Pat, AKA 'The Girls".

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and numerous other relatives.

Kathy's family wishes to extend their gratitude for the care she received at Wilkins Health & Rehab, and the personal help given to her by Lorrie Phelps and Jan Williams.

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Celebration of Life
October 15, 2021

11:00 AM
First United Methodist Church
2300 Country Club Road
Duncan, OK 73533

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