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On July 22, 2017, the spirit of Ruby Lee Thorne - Vice Chief of the Western Cherokee Nation of Arkansas, Missouri, and Texas - walked on at the age of 75, receiving an early birthday gift of peace from her battle with cancer.
She was born in Indianola, OK, July 23, 1942 to Odie Newman and Opal Mae Harper Newman. Ruby attended Santa Maria High School, Santa Maria, California, Eastern Oklahoma State College, Wilburton, OK and graduated from Crowder College, Neosho, MO in 1985. She worked for Neosho State Bank, Neosho, MO as an assistant interbank auditor; Ruyle & Sims Law in Neosho, MO as a paralegal secretary; office manager and personal assistant to the District Attorney of Cowley County, Arkansas City, KS; Winfield Savings & Loan, Winfield, KS as the Sallie Mae federal loans officer; and was commissioned as a Home Missionary with the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, serving Southeastern Kansas 1990-2004.
She is more than an occupation of a life that existed between two dates. She is more than words could express in a lifetime. A loving wife, an incredible mother and dearest friend, Ruby brought warmth to all whom she met. Whether hunting in the woods or serving churches during her many years in this life, she walked side by side with her husband and best friend of 59 years, Dr. Thomas D. Thorne. The love between them cannot be equated to anything but a pure union, blesses by unethlanvhi - the Creator of all that is, was and ever will be. They walked as one spirit through both the light and the darkness. For her children, she showed us how to give of ourselves and love selflessly; she also taught us the importance of fresh biscuits and chocolate gravy, carrying on a long-held family tradition. For her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she was the warm embrace of always being home, of always being loved.
We do not say goodbye. We do not part with permanence. Instead, we say donadagohvi nvwadohi - peace be with you on your journey, let us meet again.
Ruby is preceded in this walk by her parents; brother, Bobby Newman, Warner, OK; sisters, Juanita Montgomery and Barbara Wheeler of Stidham, OK. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Thomas Thorne; son, Dale Thorne and wife Janell, Newcastle, OK; daughters, Serena Dodson and husband Kerry, Lavaca, AR, Stephanie Thorne, Tallahassee, FL; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Curtis Newman, Scipio, OK and Odie Newman, Eufaula, OK; sisters, Betty Seale, Krebs, OK and Inez Johnson and husband James, McAlester, OK.
Visitation will be from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm, Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at the Checotah Funeral Service Chapel, 211 W. Okmulgee, Checotah, OK
Funeral services for Ruby Thorne will be 10:00 am, Thursday, July 27, 2017 at the First Baptist Church Webbers Falls, OK with Brother Roy Moody and Reverend Dale Thorne officiating. Burial will follow at the Indianola Cemetery at 2:00 pm.
The family has entrusted Checotah Funeral Service with the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.checotahfuenralservice.com
Published on July 25, 2017
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