Stillwater News Press


September 2, 2013

Ruth Pearl Pringle

Ruth Pearl Pringle, of Stillwater, left this Earth and into the arms of Our Lord and Savior on Aug. 31, 2013, in Stillwater, at the age of 84.

She was born June 16, 1929, to Byrd Robert and Vister Pearl (Ketchie) Wilkins in Calumet.  She lived several places while growing up, as her Dad was a Baptist minister. He went blind when she was about 8, and she spent the rest of her childhood, caring for her father. She married Roy F. Pringle on May 10, 1946, in Millett, Texas.  After Roy returned from the Korean War, they made their home in Norman, where they had a dairy farm for a few years before moving to Tecumseh in 1963. After Roy passed away in 1982, she lived at the farm until she married Leo Banning. They made their home in Eufaula and when he became ill they moved to Stillwater to be near her children.

Ruth enjoyed working on the farm, and loved the spring calving time.  She was a member of Pink Baptist Church where she was an excellent and hospitable cook. Her passion was music, and she was able to play the piano, and many other instruments, by ear. She often said that pounding on the piano was her therapy. As a talented musician. She even wrote a few songs. She would pass her love of music to her children and grandchildren.  She enjoyed the time she spent at the Stillwater Life Center, and made many friendships there.

Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, husbands; Roy F. Pringle, and Leo Banning, her son; Mark Pringle, her sisters; Lorraine, Marie, and Naomi, and her brother; E.W. Wilkins

Ruth is survived by; her son; Denis Pringle of Stillwater, her daughter; Karen Pringle Redding and husband Glen of Stillwater, her daughter-in-law; Karen Sue Pringle of Tecumseh, her grandchildren; Carrie Hickerson and husband Gary of Stillwater, Corey Redding and wife Courtney of Stillwater, Taralee McReynolds and husband Jarrod of Moore, Timber Hawkins and husband Toby of Baltimore, Md, and Travis Pringle and wife Kim of Shawnee, her great-grandchildren, Chloe Hickerson, Sam Hickerson, Paisley Redding, Casen Redding, Jordan McReynolds, Jonah McReynolds, Karyss McReynolds, Addison Pringle, Breckyn Pringle, Liam Hawkins, Lilli Hawkins, and Max Hawkins, and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at University Heights Baptist Church 323 S. Knoblock, Stillwater with the Rev. Ken Bailey officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Brown Cemetery Tecumseh under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh. Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. until service time on Wednesday at Cooper Funeral Home.

To share memories, or to sign the guest book online, go to

The family has designated contributions be made to the Stillwater Life Center, 411 W. Mathews, or to University Heights Baptist Church Foundation, 323 S. Knoblock, both in Stillwater as appropriate for memorials.


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