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Oklahoma City fashion icon dies

Following a short illness, Ruth Meyers died at home Sunday night.
by Paula Burkes Published: October 22, 2012
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Ruth Meyers

A former regional director of the International Fashion Group, she brought many designers, including Pamela Dennis and Pauline Trigere, to Oklahoma City for trunk shows and benefit fashion shows. In 1985, she and Shelby were the first to bring Donna Karan to Oklahoma City. In 1987, she opened the first Louis Feraud boutique in her store.

Meyers served on the board of Ballet Oklahoma and Children’s Medical Research Institute and was the Redlands Council of Girl Scouts’ Woman of the Year in 1992, as well as The Journal Record’s Corporate Woman of the Year in 1986. She received the Red Rose Award for her support of the Junior Hospitality Club.

“She was always right there to say, ‘Yes, I’ll help,’” friend Ann Alspaugh said. “She was a big promoter of community and charitable things — all of them.”

In past news reports, Meyers attributed much of her success to living the Golden Rule and heeding the advice of and examples set by her parents and grandparents. Her father always told her: “There’s nothing you can’t do,” she said. Her grandmother owned a small gift shop in Los Angeles, where Meyers said she gained her keen business sense.

Meyers’ survivors include five children: A.G. Meyers and Chris Meyers, of Oklahoma City; Walker Wilson, of Houston; Ricki Caudill, of Foreman, Ark.; and Linda Duffy Fitzgerald, of Malakoff, Texas.

Out of respect for their mother, the family isn’t sharing her birth date, A.G. Meyers said.

“She never shared her age, even with her doctors,” he said.

CONTRIBUTING: Special Correspondent Linda Miller

by Paula Burkes
A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma...
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Memorial services for Ruth Meyers are tentatively set for 11 a.m. Friday at Christ the King Catholic Church, where she was a member. Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Funeral Directors is handling arrangements.


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