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Ruby Hubbard

Funeral for Ruby Hubbard will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in First Baptist Church with Dr. Patrick Latham and the Rev. Jim Roberts officiating.

Burial will follow in Post Cemetery, Fort Sill, under direction of Becker-Rabon Funeral Home.

Ruby Hubbard, 96, Lawton, passed away Friday, March 17, 2017, in Lawton.

She was born June 1, 1920, at her grandmother's house in Oklahoma City, the first child of Grace M. Freeman and Hugh'L Thornhill. She attended Capital Hill High School and Central State College, graduating in 1942 with a degree in business education. While in high school, she met the love of her life, Harley Edmond Hubbard. They married June 1,1941, at Kinney Avenue Baptist Church, Oklahoma City.

After graduation she moved to Fort Sill to be with Harley. At this time she worked for the telephone company as an operator, when operators had to connect each call. Ruby came to Christ at an early age and lived her life committed to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She joined First Baptist Church, Lawton.

While at Fort Sill, they welcomed their first two daughters: Elizabeth and Charlotte. After they moved into Lawton they added Kathy to complete their family. 

As her girls grew she kept busy as a stay-at-home mother sewing clothes for her family, being Girl Scout troop leader, active in each of the girls activities and in church. Once the girls got older she used her degree in business education to substitute teach for the Lawton Public Schools. She became a full-time business teacher at the new Eisenhower High School in 1965 where she taught until retiring in 1982. While teaching, her career goal was to give each of her students the skills to be successful in life. 

She also was an avid square dancer and member of the Country Cusins Square Dancing Club. She was a member of the Antique Car Club and a partner with her daughter Kathy Tipton, starting Gold Connections in 1981, which later became Tipton's Fine Jewelry. Among her other hobbies were quilting, reading and church.

Harley and Ruby celebrated their 65th anniversary before his death Oct. 14, 2006. After living in their home until December 2010 she moved to BrooRridge, where she lived out her days with friends. The family thanks all the staff at BrookRidge for their care and love.

She leaves her daughters, Elizabeth Schrader, Charlotte Thompson and Kathy Tipton and her son-in-law Mike Tipton; five grandchildren: Gregg Schrader Jr. and wife Tracie, Chelle Tipton Knapp and her husband Chuck Knapp, Keta Schrader, Kerry Thompson and Kara Tipton; 10 great-grandchildren: Sydney and Nathan Schrader; Michael, Joshua, Daniel and Lily Knapp; Corey and Kyle Kowalewski, Kaleb Tipton and Chloe' Kraft-Tipton. She also leaves nephews, a niece and numerous lifetime friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Grace M. Freeman and Hugh'L M. Thornhill Sr.; her husband, Harley Edmond Hubbard; brother, Hugh'L M. Thornhill Jr.; and son-in-law, Gregg M. Schrader Sr.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 501 SW B Avenue, Lawton Okla. 73501.

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