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Ruby Lee Snead

Birth Date: January 18, 1927
Death Date: August 7, 2018

Ruby Lee Snead passed away on August 7, 2018 at Willard Walker Hospice in Fayetteville, Arkansas at the age of 91.

She was born in Dallas, Texas on January 18, 1927 to Bert Rubin Duke and Jessie Lee (Jones) Duke. She grew up in Los Angeles, California and Grand Prairie, Texas. She graduated from Grand Prairie High School in 1945, where she was on the Pep Squad, in the Quill and Scroll Club, the Dramatic Club, the Press Club and the Hi-Lite Club and she played on the Basketball and Volleyball teams.

She married the love of her life, Irvin Shelton Snead, on November 5, 1948 in Grand Prairie, Texas. They lived in Texas, Arkansas, Puerto Rico, New Jersey and Pennsylvania before settling in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1955 and lived there for 56 years. In Tulsa, she and her husband raised two children. While her children were growing up, she was a Den mother, a Girl Scout leader, a Pep Club Sponsor and spent most of her hours taking her kids to baseball, basketball, football, cheerleading, ice skating, dancing, guitar lessons, piano lessons and more. She was a volunteer at Hillcrest Hospital and managed their gift shop and she also volunteered at Hissom Memorial Center. After her children were grown she was a florist and managed a Tulsa Greenhouse store for 15 years before retiring in 1988.

After she retired, she enjoyed spending her time with her husband, kids, grandkids, great-grandkids and many friends. She enjoyed taking trips with her husband to the horse races in Hot Springs, Arkansas and the casinos in Kansas, Mississippi and Nevada, as well as all the trips to Texas to visit their families. She spent many hours watching her grandkids’ soccer games, softball games, band concerts and horse shows. She was in the same Garden Club with her neighbors and friends for over 50 years.

She was the ultimate caregiver. She not only took care of her kids and grandkids, but she took care of her mother for the last six years of her mother’s life and her husband for the last twenty years of his life through his many illnesses. She also loved taking care of her friends and neighbors, whether it was taking them to doctor appointments, doing their grocery shopping, or just running errands for them. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Irvin Shelton Snead, and her brother Stuart Wayne Duke.

She is survived by her children Randy Snead of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Sandra Dayringer and her husband David of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, three grandchildren, Jason Dayringer of River Hebert, Nova Scotia, Sarah Dayringer of Long Island City, NY and Katie Winkler and husband Thomas of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, four great-grandchildren, Atli and Edith Dayringer and Tommy and Jack Winkler, sister-in-law Tomagene Snead and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens, Garden of St. Paul.


August 11, 2018
10:30 am
Floral Haven Memorial Gardens
6500 South 129th East Avenue Broken Arrow OK, 74012
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  1. I was sorry to see the passing of your mother. She was a really sweet lady, and I have fond memories of Girl Scouts long, long, ago with Mrs. Simmons and your mother.

    Sincerest regards,
    Pam Inkster

  2. Randy, we always enjoyed delivering flowers to your sweet mother. She would always be there sitting with her friends enjoying a game or having lunch/dinner. You always knew how to brighten her day.

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