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Geraldine "Ruth" McLennan
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Geraldine Ruth Coover McLennan passed away peacefully on May 13, 2018 at home surrounded by her family. She was born on Sunday, July 13, 1924 to Rev. J. Cecil & Fern Elva Coover in Keenan, Oklahoma-Woodward County. Her father, Cecil preached his first sermon July 13, 1924 and Ruth was born that Sunday afternoon. She lived for two weeks on her parent’s farm. Her dad got his call to the ministry so they moved to Taloga, OK to the Episcopal Methodist Church. She lived in Taloga for two years, four years in Capron, OK, Helena for six years, then Pond Creek for four years. At the age of 16 years old, she moved to Temple, OK where she lived for four years and graduated from Temple High School in 1942.

She worked at the age of 16 at the big B&O Sears store in Temple, OK, which covered a full city block. She later moved to Oklahoma City and transferred to the Sears store at 301 W. Grand where she worked for a number of years. She then went to work at the Sears catalog store in Midwest City, Oklahoma. This store burned down and she was sent to store 1061 (23rd & Pennsylvania) to work. She worked at the 44th & Western Sears while they were building Heritage Park Mall where the new Sears store was located. In the new Sears Heritage Park Mall, she became the Supervisor in the Catalog Telephone Sales Dept. She had 18 women working under her up until the computer came along. Telephone sales dried up and she then worked at the counter. She was trained on the computer and went on to train people in her store, as well as, employees in the stores on N.W. 23rd, S. Western, Shawnee, Norman and Enid. Ruth retired from Sears in 1986 with over 30 years of service.

She met her husband W.L. (Mac) McLennan at a softball game in OKC and they were married August 31, 1946. They had 6 children, two of which died at birth, W.L. Jr. and Kathy Sue. She raised the other 4 children, Linda, Benny, Wes and Karen by herself after the untimely death of her husband in 1962. Her son, Benny, was killed in 1984.

Ruth and Mac took their children to the Douglas Blvd. United Methodist Church under Rev. E.L. Powell. They attended church at Soldier Creek School until their church was built. They even had their own pew – last row of seats on the left. She taught Sunday School and sang in the choir for many years.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; husband, W.L. McLennan; sons, W.L. McLennan, Jr., Benjamin R. McLennan; daughter, Kathy Sue McLennan; brothers, Jerry Coover, Jean Coover; and sister, Ruby Lu Fenton.

She is survived by her children, Karen and Danny Jacobs, Linda and Jim Rooney, Wes and Linda McLennan; sisters, Marie Vollmer, Lorraine Robertson, Inabel Coover; brother, Jimmy Coover; 9 grandchildren, Krista, Shane, Kasey, Lindsay, Chad, Michelle, Andrea, Mandy, Traci; 24 great grandchildren, Kylie, Ravyn, Ryker, Cambree, Zane, Mia, Gavin, Macy, Jake, Shelby, Shaylee, Dylan, Mali, Miller, Dylan, Logan, Claire, Carter, Cruse, Sheridan, Jordan, Ryland, Kelsey and Kennedy; 1 great great granddaughter, Mireya; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Viewing will be from 12PM-8PM Wednesday and 8AM-8PM Thursday at Barnes Friederich Funeral Home. A funeral service to celebrate Ruth’s life will be held at 1PM, Friday, May 18, 2018 at Wickline United Methodist Church with interment following at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Wheatland, OK.


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Viewing

Wednesday

16

May

12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Barnes Friederich Funeral Home

1820 S. Douglas Blvd.
Midwest City, OK 73130

Viewing

Thursday

17

May

8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Barnes Friederich Funeral Home

1820 S. Douglas Blvd.
Midwest City, OK 73130

Funeral Service

Friday

18

May

1:00 PM
Wickline United Methodist Church

417 Mid-America Blvd.
Midwest City, OK 73110

Cemetery Details

Location

Pleasant Valley Cemetery

SW 59th St & S. Council Rd.
Wheatland, Ok 73097

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