Ruby Mary Purdum-Sonnenfeld, 82, Bartlesville, OK died early Friday, July 5, 2013 at Jane Phillips Medical Center. Memorial services will be held 2:30 p.m., Monday, July 8, 2013 at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church of Bartlesville with Rev. Dale Scott officiating. Service and private interment are under the direction of Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday, Noon- 6pm. The family will be present to greet friends from 3-5 p.m. Those who wish may donate to the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund in honor of Mrs. Ruby Purdum-Sonnenfeld. Condolences may be left at www.honoringmemories.com.
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Ruby was born June 8, 1931 at Tahlequah, Oklahoma to Samuel Paul Gray and Hazel Josephine (Carlile) Gray. She grew up in Tahlequah, attended Tahlequah schools and later graduated from Northeastern Oklahoma State University with a double major in music and English and a teaching certificate. She married Calvin Booth Purdum on June 7, 1952 at Tahlequah. The Purdums moved to Havana, Kansas and then to Dewey, Oklahoma, where Ruby spent 35 years as a school teacher. Mr. Purdum preceded his wife in death on June 10, 1999. Ruby would later marry Dr. Richard J. Sonnenfeld on May 7, 2005 at Bartlesville, where the couple continued to make their home.
Ruby was a Charter Member of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church. The church and her church family were always a significant part of Ruby's life. She was a life-long, active member of the Delta Zeta Sorority. She was a member of the NEA and OEA. Ruby always had a passion for music; she played the piano often, was a member of the church choir, and belonged to the Music Research Society.
Survivors include her husband, Dick Sonnenfeld of the home; daughter, Susan Wahid & husband, Haroon of Troy, MI; one son, John Purdum & wife, Shelley of Dewey, OK; step-children, Linda Coates & husband, Jim of Tulsa, R. Bruce Sonnenfeld & wife, Toni of Parker, Colorado, Carol Culbertson & husband, Robert of Centennial, CO and Barry Sonnenfeld of Tulsa, OK; a sister-in-law, Shirl Ortner of Bartlesville; a nephew, Paul Dreasler of Marshalltown, IA; nine grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild and eight step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; by her first husband, Calvin Purdum; by a sister, Pauline Dreasler and by a niece, Pam Schlick.
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from July 8 to Aug. 7, 2013