Ruth C. Palmer, 90, Grove, passed from this life on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 in Joplin, Missouri. 

Ruth was born on Dec. 22, 1927 in Medford, Oklahoma to Rudolph Felix Ratzlaff and Mary Ada (Smythe Edwards) Ratzlaff.

Ruth attended college at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.

On June 20, 1948, Ruth married Rhame P. Wood in the First Methodist Church, Ada.

Rhame was attending dental school at The University of Kansas City School of Dentistry in Kansas City, Missouri. Ruth worked as a teller at a bank in Kansas City while Rhame attended school.

Upon Rhame’s graduation in 1951, they moved to Nowata, where Rhame entered private practice. In 1962 the family moved to Bartlesville. Ruth and Rhame were members of the First Baptist Church of Bartlesville for many years. Ruth enjoyed being an active member of the Bartlesville Garden Club. Ruth and Rhame were divorced on June 30, 1988.

Ruth married Loren L. Palmer on Aug. 7, 1993, in Bartlesville. Loren is a retired Industrial Arts instructor who taught at colleges in Utah and New Mexico. Loren is also a World War II Army veteran who was responsible for medical supply duties.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Rhame Wood, and two brothers Jack and Jerry Ratzlaff.

She is survived by her loving husband, Loren Palmer. She is survived by her four children: Dr. Carol Caraway of Indiana, Pennsylvania, Mark Wood of Grove, Rhande Wood of Weatherford, Texas, and Dr. Khem Wood of Miami. Three step-children include Loren’s sons: Glenn Palmer of Utah, Gary Palmer of MO, and Gail Palmer of Colorado. Also several step-grandchildren of the sons. One sister: Barbara Moore of Paul’s Valley, Oklahoma. Three grandchildren: Robert Wood, Leigh Wood and William Wood. One great-grandchild Craven Campbell.

Services will take place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Nichols Funeral Chapel, Grove.

A brief graveside service wil take place at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the Memorial Park Cemetery, Bartlesville, under the direction of Nichols Funeral & Cremation Services.

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