RUTH FRANCIS ALFORD MUSICK
Shawnee, Pottawatomie Co., OK—Tuesday, 24 June 2003
Ruth F. Musick, 85, of Shawnee died Saturday
[June 21] at a local nursing home.
She was born Sept. 29, 1917, in Shawnee to
Thomas W. and Fannie (Tyner) Alford.
Musick graduated from Shawnee High School and
had lived in Shawnee all her life.
She worked as a bookkeeper at Cole Finance for many years
On May 26, 1934, she married Vernon Musick in
Chandler. He preceded her in death in 1979.
She was a member of University Baptist Church,
American Association of Retired Persons, Shawnee Senior Citizen Center and was
the past secretary of the Shawnee Absentee Tribe.
Musick was also preceded in death by her parents
and one son, Bill Musick in 1995.
Survivors include three daughters, Pat Ozeretny
of Shawnee, Jackie Taylor of Tuttle and Jenny Ware of Shawnee; one son, Charles
Musick of Oklahoma City; 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Service will be 10:00 a.m. today at the chapel
of Walker Funeral Service with the Rev. Bob Searly Officiating. Burial will
follow at Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are under the
direction Walker Funeral Service.
AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates
of Ruth Musick (SS# issued in OK), last residence Shawnee, Pottawatomie Co.,
We published the obituary of her father, Thomas
Wildcat Alford, in the Oklahoma Obituaries compilation. See also “Thomas
Wildcat Alford, 1860–1938,” AAFA ACTION, Fall 1994, p. 33.
In Loving Memory of Ruth Alford
By her nephew Elroy Raymond Alford
Sr., AAFA #0563
On June 21, 2003, the
last living child of Thomas Wildcat and Fannie Tyner Alford passed away and
went to join our Lord.
She was a wonderful
person to know, much less to be related too! Everyone who knew her well loved
her, but if you made her mad you knew you’d grabbed a tiger by the tail!
She was a font of
information about her father Thomas Wildcat and her mother Fannie T. Alford. We
loved to get her started on stories about them.
She also loved baseball
with a passion, even to the point of not answering her phone or her doorbell if
her #1 or #2 teams, the Atlanta Braves or the Chicago Cubs, were playing. She
kept statistics on each game that was played. She met her husband “Mack” at the
baseball park next to the family home, “The Bird Nest” (built by Thomas Wildcat
Alford). Of course, Uncle Mack was a player on the team. They were happily
married from their wedding in May of 1934 until Mack’s death in 1979.
Ruth was the seventh of
Thomas Wildcat and Fannie Tyner Alford’s eight children. She had three half
brothers from her father’s earlier marriage, so she had to be tough growing up,
but she always had time to talk about her family with you.
She also loved to
travel. We took her to the AAFA meeting in Alabama where she thoroughly enjoyed
herself. Sadly her health prevented her from attending any further meetings.
In 1994 we also enjoyed
a trip with her to see her son Bill Musick in Brookhaven, Mississippi, and
sadly followed her and the rest of her children to his funeral in 1995.
Ruth was a wonderful
lady with an infectious laugh and time for anyone that needed her. She will be
sorely missed by all her family and friends and especially by her nephew Elroy
Alford with whom she shared a close relationship.
In loving memory of a
Her lineage: Ruth Francis 1917 OK1,
Thomas Wildcat 1860 OK2, George Wildcat 1825 ?? 3.