Missing Pocola woman's body found in dry creek bed

Ruby Poole, 74, of Pocola, OK, went missing Oct. 17 from the eastern Oklahoma town near the Arkansas state line. Her daughter said authorities located Poole's body Saturday in Pocola.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: November 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm •  Published: November 4, 2012
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Burke said police told her “She looked like she just sat down to rest and died.”

Pocola police officer John Limbocker said Poole's body was found about noon. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation personnel were called in and transferred Poole to the state medical examiner's office to determine a cause of death, Limbocker said.

Burke described her mother as a loving parent who loved children, and as a devoted Christian who cherished singing at church.

Poole attended Union Baptist Church for decades. Though her memory and health faded over time, she never forgot the songs she sang, Burke said.

“She didn't know her day of the week but she'd start her day wanting to know if it was Sunday,” Burke said.


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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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