Ruth Palin

Ruth PalinRuth Ann Palin, 81, of Cuba died at 3:51 p.m. March 17, 2011, at her home.

She was born Dec. 31, 1929, in Henryetta, Okla., a daughter of Leon J. and Carrie Vermillion McDonald Sr. She married Fred Palin on Aug. 14, 1953, in Edmond, Okla. He survives.

Also surviving are one son, Philip J. (and Jean) Palin of Standardsville, Va.; one daughter, Jana Lea (and Scott Chord) Palin of Camano Island, Wash.; two brothers, Leon "T-Bone" McDonald Jr. of Edmond, Okla., and James "Jake" (and Phyllis) McDonald of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Patricia "Pat" McDonald Davis.

She graduated from Edmond High School in Edmond, Okla. She attended Central State College at Edmond, and later graduated from Western Illinois University with a bachelors degree in education. She was a retired school teacher.

She was a member of Cuba Christian Church where she was a former Sunday school superintendent, deaconess and choir member.

She also was a member of PEO Sisterhood Chapter CB where she had served as a secretary, treasurer, vice president and president; a former Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader; Cuba Jr. Woman's Club; and a research participant in the Mayo Alzheimer's Disease Center.

Cremation will be accorded. Services will be held at a later date. Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Cuba is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to any charity of the donor's choice.

Condolences may be sent to www.henrylange.com.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 3/23/2011

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Ruth Ann Palin, 81, of Cuba died March 17, 2011.

She was born Dec. 31, 1929, in Henryetta, Okla., a daughter of Leon J. and Carrie (Vermillion) McDonald. She married Fred Palin on Aug. 14, 1953, in Edmond. He survives.

Also surviving are two children, Jana (and Scott Chord) of Camano Island, Wash., and Philip (and Jeanie) of Stanardsville, Va.; two brothers, Leon "T-Bone" McDonald Jr. of Edmond, Okla., and James "Jake" (and Phyllis) McDonald of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Patricia "Pat" McDonald Davis.

She graduated from Edmond High School. She attended Central State College in Edmond, and later graduated from Western Illinois University with a bachelors degree in education.

She has lived in Cuba since 1957.

She sang Mozart or Broadway show tunes.

From the late 1950s through early 1970s, she was the principal soprano in annual Easter performances of Handel's Messiah directed by Mrs. Nelmes. Originally a ministry of Cuba Christian Church choir, the performances involved a union choir and orchestra that drew from communities across Fulton County.

In the 1980s and 90s, she continued to make music as a member of the Marguerites, a women's ensemble of the PEO Sisterhood, Chapter CB.

In the 1960s, she was a teacher with Fulton County District Number three. At Fiatt, she taught a combined third and fourth grade. At Cuba, she taught second graders.

She was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia and related pathologies. Since 2005, she had been a research participant at Mayo Alzheimer's Disease Center.

A memorial service will be held for Ruth Ann Palin at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Cuba Christian Church, 215 South Fourth Street. Visitation with the family will be open at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Cuba is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to any charity of the donor's choice.

Condolences may be sent to www.henrylange.com.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 6/29/2011

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