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Ruth Francis Alford Musick



AAFA #0778





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 before retiring.

            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., OK.

            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 Musick

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 true Lady.


            Her lineage: Ruth Francis 1917 OK1, Thomas Wildcat 1860 OK2, George Wildcat 1825 ?? 3.