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Ruth Jeanette McDaniel Ford
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Birth: Sep. 17, 1916
Stephens County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Sep. 26, 2012
Tulsa County
Oklahoma, USA

Ford, Ruth J., 96, homemaker, died Wednesday. Services pending. Moore's Southlawn. (Tulsa World)
Jeanette Ford, a resident of Tulsa since 1941, a longtime participant and supporter of a number of Tulsa institutions and a woman known and loved by many, died on Wednesday at St Johns Hospital. She had just celebrated her ninety-sixth birthday. Ruth Jeanette McDaniel was born in Comanche, Oklahoma on September 17, 1916, the eldest daughter of Robert Henry and Laura Wilson McDaniel. She was, from her mother's family, a third generation Oklahoman, a member of the Chickasaw Nation and the granddaughter of J. D. Wilson, the founder of Comanche. During an outstanding high school career that included singing, drama and basketball, she came to the attention of a teacher, Mrs. W. C. Stamper. She and her husband convinced Jeanette's family that she should go to Oklahoma A & M and arranged for a part time secretarial job with the Agricultural Adjustment Administration in Stillwater to make it possible. She entered what is now OSU in 1934, majoring in Home Economics. She was on the Dean's list a number of times and was selected for a summer fellowship with the American Youth Foundation in 1937. She graduated in 1938, and although her great love was fashion design, decided on a career as a school teacher. That career began in 1939 in Tonkawa, and in 1941 she moved to Tulsa, teaching home economics at Clinton Junior High and then at Will Rogers High School. Not long after moving to Tulsa she began attending the First Presbyterian Church where she met her future husband, Presley Ford Jr. Jeanette's first Sunday dinner with Presley's parents occurred on December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor Day, and soon after Presley enlisted in the Navy and was assigned to Chicago. He returned to Tulsa briefly to marry Jeanette on June 20, 1942 and she left Rogers to join him in Oak Park for the duration of the war. They returned to Tulsa in 1945, Presley to rejoin the firm of Haskins and Sells, now Deloitte, where he became a partner in 1951 and head of the Tulsa office in 1954. Jeanette, in addition to raising a family, became involved in a number of civic organizations. She divided her considerable energy between the Community Chest (now the United Way), the Tulsa Garden Club, the Philharmonic Women's Association and the Semi-centennial celebration organizing in 1957 as well as being heavily involved in the life of First Presbyterian Church, the Christian Fellowship Class in particular. In the early 1960s, she took a particular interest in international students, invit- ing students from the University of Tulsa, many from the Middle East, to her home. She became active on behalf the American Field Service, finding homes for high school students from Europe, Asia and South America to live in with for their senior year abroad and placing students from Tulsa High Schools in homes overseas. In 1969, Presley was transferred to the Dallas office of Deloite and Jeanette left her local responsibilities, at least temporarily, for other interests. She returned to school at North Texas State University where she studied art and interior decoration and began a new hobby, painting and a new vocation, interior design. She operated Jeanette Ford Interiors from 1972 into the 1980s and she began producing paintings at fairly fast pace, one that she kept up until last year. With Presley's retirement in 1977, the family returned to Tulsa and Jeanette took on other responsibilities as an active participant in and supporter of a number of local institutions including the Gilcrease Museum, the Children's Day Nursery, the First Presbyterian Church and the Bernsen Center where she served on the Concert Planning Committee. Just weeks before her death she was making plans to provide an endowment for scholarships to Camp Loughridge. She was a long time member of Southern Hills Country Club where she was active and competitive in golf, tennis and bridge. Unrecorded are the countless acts of friendship, service and generosity she performed over her long life for friends and strangers alike and she will be best remembered as a woman of great warmth and gratitude. She remained active and engaged and in her later years, despite failing eyesight and reduced energy, and spent her last hours planning the music for her funeral. Services will be held at First Presbyterian Church on Tuesday at 11:00AM. Funeral arrangements are being made by the Moore Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Helping Hand Ministries at First Presbyterian Church or the Nurse Scholarship Fund at Inverness Village. Moore's Southlawn.
(Tulsa World, Sept. 30, 2012) (MillieBelle) 
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  Robert Henry McDaniel (1894 - 1976)
  Laura Lee Wilson McDaniel (1894 - 1990)
  Presley Simpson Ford (1915 - 2002)
  Ruth Jeanette McDaniel Ford (1916 - 2012)
  M. Marilyn McDaniel Whetsell (1919 - 2013)*
*Calculated relationship
Memorial Park Cemetery
Tulsa County
Oklahoma, USA
Plot: Section 15C, Lot 41, Crypt A
Created by: OkieBran
Record added: Sep 28, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 97898285
Ruth Jeanette <i>McDaniel</i> Ford
Added by: MillieBelle
Ruth Jeanette <i>McDaniel</i> Ford
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