Sequoyah Orphan Training School
Tahlequah, OK- Funeral Services for Ruth Ballard Reynolds , 89, were held on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 10:00 AM at the Reed-Culver Funeral Chapel with Reverend David Ketcher of First Apostolic Church officiating. Interment was held Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at Greenleaf Cemetery.
Pallbearers for Ruth included Robby Clark, Roy Lee Sparks, Joshua Clark, Cody Stolfa, Ryan Stolfa, Gary Terhune, Rick Panther, and Patrick Clark. Honorary pallbearers will be Roy Sparks, Paul Farrand, and Leon Clark.
Ruth Reynolds was born on September 10, 1921 in Camp Gruber, Ok., the daughter of Elias and Katie (Crawford) Ballard. Her mother passed while Ruth was quite young, so she lived with her grandparents, Alex (Tuxey) and Mary Ballard.
She attended school in Tahlequah and graduated from Sequoyah Orphan Training School in 1941.
In Muskogee ,in 1944, she married the love of her life, John Henry Reynolds. This union was blessed with seven children and sixty seven years of marriage. Her family kept Ruth very busy but she still found time to read a good book, listen to Cherokee Gospel Music, or catch up on her gardening.
Ruth made exceptionally good jam and jelly, and shared jars with her family and friends. She loved to gather for a meal with her children, grand and great grandchildren and to reminisce about the fun she had with her brothers and sisters. She really liked spending an evening playing table games. A Christian by faith, Ruth attended the Pentecostal Churches in the area.
Ruth was called home to her Lord and Savior on February 1, 2011 in Tahlequah. She was eighty- nine years old. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.
She is welcomed home by her parents, her husband, John, died April 7th, 2001, two sons: Haskell in 2004 and Johnny Lee Reynolds, in 2007. She is also welcomed by a baby grand daughter, Kelley Reynolds. Her brothers and sisters waiting to join her include: Emmitt and Charley Collier, Mattie Collier, Mae James, and Tom Ballard.
Those left behind to cherish her memory include her son and four daughters: Billy Reynolds of Tulsa, OK, , Jackie Drywater of Tahlequah, Mary "Sammie" Sparks and husband Roy of Tahlequah; Sharon Clark and special friend, Bob Crouse, Kansas City, MO; Kathy and husband Paul Farrand of Tahlequah. Two brothers and one Sister are: Bob Ballard of Muskogee, George Benge of Tulsa, and Odie Brashers of Sand Springs, as well as special cousins: Andy Ballard and Opal Conrad; special niece, Mary Shamel; special nephew, David Walker, and a very special friend, Ruth Utsler; as well as nineteen grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, and many friends and loved ones.