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Ruby McClung

Ruby McClung, age 82, of Smithville, Oklahoma passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2023, at her home surrounded by family. She was born on Thursday, May 22, 1941, to Maxi Lee and Dorothy Elliot Rainey in Golden, Oklahoma.

Many knew Ruby as a devoted fan of television classics, including Dr. Phil, Jerry Springer, and Deal or No Deal. These shows not only offered her entertainment, but revealed her spitfire nature, penchant for speaking her mind, and love of laughter.

Always the homebody, Ruby was most comfortable surrounded by the warmth and familiarity of her own abode. Yet, she never allowed this to limit her love for games and recreation. She had a deep fondness for puzzles and card games, often inviting her family for a game. These moments revealed Ruby’s playful, competitive streak while bringing her the joy of time spent with her big, loving family.

Although she loved staying at home, Ruby had a fondness for the thrill of the Casino and shopping on occasion. At home, Ruby found immense happiness in many things: feeding her family, going through her recipes, doing puzzles, and tending to her rose bushes. Everyone who passed through her house was guaranteed to leave with a full belly and a heart warmed by her sweetness. Her rose bushes, meticulously cared for, reflected her nurturing spirit and her ability to create beauty around her.

Ruby McClung was an unforgettable woman. She was a homebody, a spitfire, and an undeniable sweetheart all rolled into one. Her memory, filled with shared laughter, games, and love, will continue to be cherished and celebrated by her loving family and everyone who was fortunate enough to know her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one brother, James Randall Rainey; and two sisters, Mattie Speck and Anna Sue Rainey.

Ruby is survived by her loving husband, James Donald McClung of Smithville, Oklahoma; three sons and daughter-in-law, Danny Ray Martin of Smithville, Oklahoma, Kenneth Eugene and Ellen Martin of Smithville, Johnny Lee Webb of Watts, Oklahoma; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra Gayle and Arley Pollard Rathdrum, Idaho, Teresa and Steve Finley of Stillwater, Oklahoma; one stepson and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Pam Pollard of Texas; six sisters, Margaret Duncan of Sweet Home, Oregon, Doris Sitton of Sweet Home, Oregon, Joyce Crebs of Rainier, Washington, Jeannette Wallace of San Gabriel, California, Cathy Davis of Nevada, and Debbie Deaton of Rosemond, California; eight grandchildren, Andrea Dawn Pfeifer, Misty Rae Pollard, James Randel and Jennie Fowler, Mindi and Randy Cox, Terah Pollard, Steven Webb, Angel Webb, and Jordan Webb; twelve great-grandchildren, Kaizia, Sierra, Kaiden, Kaileb, Justin, Katelyn, Jessie, Tristin, Braeden, Gus, Kolby, and Adeline; two greatgreat-grandchildren, Roman, Maycee, Londyn, and Emma; numerous nephews and nieces and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, at 10:00 AM at the Watson Cemetery in Watson, Oklahoma, with Brother Todd Webb officiating under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be Kenny Martin, Randel Fowler, Kenny Pollard, Bradley Johnson, Justin Cox, Tristin Cox, Nick Charlton, Gary Baxter, and Gus Fowler.

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