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Ruby Luegene Merritt

June 1, 1914 — March 21, 2020

Luegene Merritt

On the 21st of March 2020, God called our beloved mother to her eternal home. Luegene Cook Merritt was born on June 1, 1914 in Greenwood, Arkansas to Estelle Putman Cook and James Leonard Cook. She was a lifetime resident of Story and Maysville, OK. She graduated from Maysville High School in 1932. She then married William Warren Merritt (Sam) on July 20, 1933. Luegene was a wife, mother, and homemaker. She enjoyed sewing, baking, canning pickles and won prizes for her skills in these areas. She won first prize at the state fair for her baking. Many of her friends and neighbors were blessed to receive her wonderful homemade angel food cake. Her daughters wore beautiful clothes that Luegene styled for them. She also sewed herself a dress for the very first time for which she won first place at the local county contests. She served on the McClain County election board for several years. She was a longtime member of the Story Baptist Church and later at the First Baptist Church of Maysville. She loved being a part of the Fidelis Sunday School class. After her daughters went off to college she worked at Storm Plastics in Maysville and also found time to sell Tupperware. She was greatly involved with the school activities of her daughters, and the local Mother’s Club and Home Demonstration activities. Her daughters remember how she taught them to play the piano; she loved singing in the choir and taking part in church activities such as V.B.S. and being a Sunday school teacher. Luegene is honored in the Centenarian Library at Oklahoma State University.

Luegene was preceded in death by her husband, Sam, in 1998. Also, her parents, Leonard and Estelle Cook, her sister, Juanita Garrison, her brother, Harold Cook and granddaughter, Courtney Hilton.

Those left to continue the legacy include daughters Phyllis Ann White of Conroe, TX, Kay Wren Merritt of Los Angeles, CA and Donna Lou Wallace of Oklahoma City, OK. Four grandchildren include Shawn Tyler (Greg) of Derby, Kansas, Shannon Leathers (Jon) of Edmond, OK, Whitney Gregory (Tom) of Spring, TX and Todd White (Dina) of Montgomery, TX. She is also survived by her brother, J.W. Cook (Mary) of Norman, OK and other nieces and nephews. She has many great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Luegene left behind many friends and other family members.

Flowers would be appreciated, but you can also send memorial donations to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 745, Maysville, Oklahoma 73057.

A private family service to honor her life will take place on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at Winans Funeral Home Chapel Maysville, OK with a public committal service to follow at 11:00 am at the Maysville Cemetery under the direction of John W. Williams of Winans Funeral Home, Maysville, OK. Words of comfort may be sent to the family at

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