Ruth Mae (Holt) Null was born June 1, 1916 to William Frank & Minnie Isabelle (Farr) Holt in a 1 room dugout, 6 miles west of Arnett (to Podunk) 1.5 miles south and ¾ miles west. She passed away Wednesday Jan 25, 2017 at Bellevue Health & Rehab Center in Oklahoma City, OK. Ruth was one of six biological children; two girls and four boys, all of whom preceded her in death. Ruth also had four half-brothers and one half-sister. Following the death of her Mother when she was six years old, she was raised by her Aunt Della & Uncle Harvey Pinkerton.
Ruth attended Beum School (located 1/4 mile south of Podunk) thru the 9th grade before moving to Arnett for High School. On Jan 1, 1933, she and Bernard Null eloped, against the wishes of her Aunt Della who claimed she was to young, by borrowing a friend’s car and traveling to Taloga, OK, where they were married. To this union, two sons were born, Bernard Leroy Null Jr (of Roseville, CA) and Rickey Dale Null (of Okla City, OK).
They moved to the farm, (Podunk) 6 miles west of Arnett in 1936, where they farmed and ran a filling station for 10 yrs., prior to moving into Arnett, where Bernard split time between the farm and the O. E. Null & Sons Abstract business with Ruth working along-side him part-time in the office. They later moved back to the farm where they were living when Bernard passed away in 1980. Ruth was an excellent homemaker who enjoyed cooking and gardening as well as all aspects of farm life. Those who knew Ruth well knew she possessed a very strong and independent constitution, remaining alone on the farm running cattle and taking care of the farm for another 13.5 years after Bernard’s death and prior to moving to Shattuck in 1994. In 2006, due to health reasons, Ruth moved to Oklahoma City to live with her youngest son, Rick.
Left to remember this strong and loving woman are her two sons, Bernard Leroy Null Jr and wife Darlene of Roseville, CA., Rickey Dale Null and fiancé’ Patricia Butkowski of Oklahoma City, OK; seven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren as well as two half-brothers, Joe & Bob Holt of Kirksville, MO; two sisters-in-law, Marjorie Holt of Colorado Springs, CO and Alberta Holt of Haysville. KS; several nieces and nephews and a special nephew by marriage, Gib Gibson and wife Shirley of Belvidere, IL., along with a very dear relative by marriage, Dorothy Pike of Piedmont, OK and family friends, John Gieck & Eddie Hays, whose weekly visits she dearly cherished and a host of friends.
A special thank you to Steve Thompson, Bellevue Nursing Home for the love and mischief he shared with Ruth and the compassion and support given to her during her last hours.