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Ruby Marie White, longtime Okmulgee resident, passed away Monday evening, January 13, 2003 at Okmulgee Memorial Hospital. She was 94 years of age. Mrs. White was born July 15, 1908 in Osage County to Miles and Lou (Musgrave) Johnston. She was raised in Osage County until the age of five when her family moved to Bartlesville. She graduated from Bartlesville High School in 1927, and became the secretary to the Superintendent of Bartlesville Schools. As a senior in high school she was the state typing champion, winning a trip to New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. to participate in the National Competition. She married Burrell Stewart and moved to Okmulgee in 1936 with Phillips Petroleum. He preceded her in death in 1975. Mrs. White had worked at Okmulgee Land and Title for many years prior to her retirement. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Okmulgee. She later married Latta White, who also preceded her in death. In addition to her husbands, her parents, two brothers, Leroy Johnston and Monroe Johnston and a sister, Eula Johnston Kelley, also preceded her in death. Survivors include a daughter, Dianne Burgess of Okmulgee, a son, Dan Stewart of Edwards, Colorado, a step-daughter, Joyce Carson and husband Carly of Okmulgee, five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M. Thursday, January 16, 2003 at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Frank Lewis officiating. Interment will follow in the Okmulgee Cemetery with Everett Rea, Timothy Rea, Kevin Rea, Spencer Stewart, and Alex Rea, grandsons and great grandsons serving as casketbearers. Friends may visit the funeral home from 12-8 PM on Wednesday. Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.