On November 14, 2022, Gabriel blew his horn to call Ruth Mildred Muse-Isom to her eternal reward. Ruth was born in Langston, Oklahoma on August 31, 1923 to Samuel M. Muse and Bessie Jane Minniefree-Muse. Ruth was the sixth child of nine children born to this union. After elementary school, the Muse family moved to Childsville, Oklahoma near Boley, Oklahoma where she attended IXL, Oklahoma grade school and Boley, Oklahoma Jr. and Sr. high school. Ruth played basketball (Yes! She was a baller) where her team traveled by bus to different schools and towns. Elvis Pressley, Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, and The Jackson Five were Ruth's favorite musicians and back-in-the-day she was known for "cutting-a-rug" to fast music! At 21, Ruth moved to Kansas City, Kansas with her sister Acie, and soon met the love of her life, Henry. They married on January 4, 1947 and shared their lives for sixty-six years. Henry (Ruth called him "Daddy") was called home on September 19, 2013.
Ruth received her Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) certification from Queen of the World hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Her first nursing job was at Wheatley-Provident Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri and later at Douglas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas, and on to MLK Hospital as a surgical nurse. Before retiring, Ruth worked at the Bryant Butler Nursing Home and Medical Lodge as a certified medication aide (CMA).
For sixty plus years, Ruth was a devoted member of the Eastern Star, serving Sheba Chapter #18 and Jennie N. Moore Chapter #50. She served as Worthy Matron for two years and Grand Lodge Nurse for over twenty years.
Ruth had a lifelong love of the LORD, family, and church. She was baptized in IXL, Oklahoma around the age of fifteen in a lake. After marriage, Ruth became a member of Strangers Rest Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kansas where she was a member of the Excelsior Club, sang in the senior choir, taught Sunday School, became a deaconess on January 7, 1979, and, most recently, the honor of Deacon Emeritus on September 2, 2022. She remained in service at Strangers Rest Baptist Church for almost seventy years.
YOUR FAITH IN THE LORD SHALL LIGHT YOUR WAY!
Ruth's beloved husband Henry, her parents, and seven siblings: Sammie Lee Hunter, Acie Jo Vaughn, Arlena Muse, Isaiah Muse, Isaac Muse, Mary Lee Harrison, and James Muse preceded her in death.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Mildred Jones (Willie Jones Sr. - Deceased), Henrietta Hawkins (James E. Hawkins Jr. - Deceased), Henry A. Isom Jr. (Paula Isom - Deceased), Ronald Isom (Cecilia Williams), Donna Burruss (Roweshea Burruss), and Daryl Isom. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Willie Jones Jr., Charlene Jones, Michelle "Shuga" Jones, Charlotte Hannah (Jermaine), Keesha Hawkins (Marcus and Zae), Joanna Hawkins (Daniel), James H.I. Hawkins, LaTisha Bozeman, Julia Burruss, and Stephanie Bowman (Gary Bowman) are left to grieve. Ruth's great-grandchildren: twins Jordan and Leyma're Figueroa, Tate Hannah, Nadia Hannah, Daniel Barrett, Janae Barrett, and Amani Bowman, as well as a bounty of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends will remember her fondly. Ruth is survived by her last sibling, Robert L. Muse, Sr. of Dallas, Texas.
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