Ruby Christine Millard


Ruby Christine Millard of Miami died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at Integris Baptist Regional Health Center in Miami.  She was 89.

Mrs. Millard was born Oct. 7, 1919, in Adams Oklahoma, to James Harvey and Mary  Alabama (Cross) DeWeese.  She lived in the Picher, Commerce area most of her life. She graduated from Picher High School in 1938. 

She was  a member of the First Free Will Baptist Church of Miami. She worked at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M  College, cleaned houses, Glenn Berry and was a foster grandparent at Picher. She was preceded in death by her first husband, James Harvey Lawhead on April 14, 1976; her second husband, Roy Edward Millard on March 15, 2001; her parents and one grandson, Richard Wayne Lawhead.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry L. Lawhead and James R. Lawhead, both of Baxter Springs, Kan.; six daughters, Janis A. Turner of Monkey Island, Mary A. Purscelley of Quapaw, Emily Buchanan of Twin Bridges, Dorothy Bennett of Colcord, Faye Marlene Boyd of Tulsa and Deborah Sargent of Joplin, Mo.; 23 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Services were at Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami. Pastor Bruce Thurman and pastor Mark Goode officiated. Burial was in G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami. 

Her grandsons served as pallbearers.