|Birth: ||Aug. 31, 1936|
|Death: ||Jan. 21, 1996|
Ruth Yvonne Welch was born in a farmhouse about 3 miles East of Waurika, Oklahoma during the early night of Aug 31, 1936. Later called the "Fred Richardson Place". Her parents were Jim Henry Welch, Jr (Mem.23682075) and Bannie Ozuette Gay Welch (Mem.51451804).
She spent her early growing years on the family farm in the community of the Beam School area, about 12 miles North East of Waurika. Every one worked. Ruth fed the chickens, gathered eggs, carried pails of milk and even worked some in the fields in her sub-teen years. Later, the family moved closer to the town about 1947. She worked in the City Drug Store in her High School years. She attended school in Irving Elementery and Waurika High, where she graduated in 1953.
After graduation, Ruth worked for the Law Firm of Ivy & Sons where she was secretary to the youngest son, Francis Marion Ivy, known throughout as "Red". On June 29, 1955 she and Red were married in Chickasha, Oklahoma. They continued their home in Waurika for about 5 years before moving to their permanent residence in Chickasha.
Ruth & Red had 3 children: Janelle Diane Ivy Powell (1957-2014),born in Waurika and Joel Paul Ivy (1959) and Pamela Ann Ivy Bell (1962) both born in Chickasha.
About the mid 1980's Ruth began experiencing continuous tremors in her right hand. A visit to the John Hopkins Medical Center in Minnesota confirmed the onset of Parkinson's Disease. As the years went by, the severity of the disease gradually increased to the point that medication and therapy would only alleviate the shaking and the pain for short time periods.
In January 1996, She underwent a Pallidotomy in the Zale Lipsky Hospital in Dallas, Texas. This was a surgical procedure to destroy the abberant brain cells producing Parkinism. The surgery was unsuccessful. Pain and rigidity increased. She was heavily medicated to the point of near comotosis and transferred to the Norman, Oklahoma Regional Hospital, where she died during the night of January 21, 1996. Services were held in Chickasha and burial was done in Waurika.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jim Henry Welch, Jr of Waurika and a nephew, Jim Leland Welch, of Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Ruth was survived by her mother, Ozuette Gay Welch of Waurika, her husband Red Ivy of Chickasha and her children, Janelle and husband Arthur Powell of Chickasha, Joel Paul and wife Jenny Garcia Ivy of Norman and Pamela and husband Dr. John Bell of Norman. Grandchildren: Brandi, Justin and Cory Powell; John Paul Ivy; Brandon and Morgan Christine Bell. Two brothers: Don and Esther Salley Welch of Las Cruces, New Mexico and Patrick and Patricia Qualls Welch of Duncan, Oklahoma.
Her legacy should read that she was a beautiful person throughout her life. Beautiful in form and beautiful in spirit. She never complained nor expressed resentment of her malady. She had a stoic attitude toward her affliction and maintained a calm and grace about herself even when in her hardest times. No other could have endured as well. Our hearts hurt as we miss her.
Don Welch and all the family
Jim Henry Welch (1909 - 1987)
Ozuette Gay Welch (1913 - 2010)
Francis Marion Ivy (1921 - 1999)
Maintained by: Don Welch
Originally Created by: Rick Miller
Record added: Mar 13, 2008
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