"Dignity without Compromise"


Katherine Ruth Crooch

Katherine Ruth Crooch died Wednesday, December 1, 2004 at Epworth Villa in Oklahoma City at the age of 91 years, 6 months and 18 days. She was born in Cleveland, Oklahoma on May 14, 1913 to Harve Dallas and Lodema Steele Rinebold. She had two brothers, Conrad and Kenneth, both of whom predeceased her. After graduating from Cleveland high School she was employed at the County Courthouse in Pawnee where she met John Henry Crooch. They fell in love for a lifetime and eloped to Guthrie to be married by the Methodist pastor. Both of their families were Methodists and John and Katherine were always faithful and active church members. Katherine was a devoted and loving mother who found time to be active in many organizations, including PEO, Sesame Club, Garden Club, Birthday Club, Cowbells, and United Methodist Women. She worked twenty years for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Okmulgee County and volunteered with the Auxiliary at the Okmulgee Memorial Hospital with over 6700 hours of volunteer service. She was a person whom many considered a dear friend. She taught her sons the qualities of honesty, dependability, loyalty, hard work, and frugality in minor things and generosity in major things.

In addition to her brothers, Katherine was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John on March 28, 1992 and a son, Billy Bob, who died in 1965.

At her death she had two sons, John Jr. and wife Jamie and Gary Michael and wife Janet, four cherished grandchildren, Jennifer Purvis and husband Tom, Josh Crooch, Ben Crooch and David Crooch and wife Melissa, and two great grandchildren, Katie Purvis and Jenna Purvis.

A funeral service will be held 2:00 P.M. Saturday, December 4, 2004 at the First United Methodist Church of Okmulgee with Reverend Craig Denslow officiating. Honorary casketbearers will be the Harmony Sunday School Class. Memorial should be sent to the Katherine Crooch Memorial Endowment at The Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation, 4201 Classen Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73118. This endowment will benefit the First United Methodist Church of Okmulgee. Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.