On February 1st, 1944, Thomas and Virginia Taylor became the proud parents of Ruth LaVon Taylor. She was born and raised in Muskogee. OK. She lived with her great-grandmother who cared for her the first six years of her life. She was enrolled in Jerusalem Church School at an early age, and then attended Phyllis Wheatley Elementary, Sadler, Jr. High and Manual Training High School graduating in the class of 1961. After graduation, Ruth attended Langston University majoring in music. She later changed her major to biology. She graduated from Langston in 1965, but continued to take courses while working and earned a Masters of Teaching from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. While attending Jerusalem Baptist Church, Ruth joined church during bible school and was baptized. During this time, whenever Ruth saw a piano she would try picking out songs that she had heard. Her father saw fit to enroll her in music lessons. She took piano, theory and voice for about eight to ten years. She won many local, state and national awards. Ruth began playing for several churches such as Sanders Chapel, Union Baptist, St. Mark, Vernon AME Gospel Chorus and New Jerusalem Baptist, senior, children, brotherhood and mission choirs. She also played for the Creek District Association. Ruth’s piano music ministry ended in 2010, at New Jerusalem Baptist Church. Ruth began her teaching career in Muskogee, at Dunbar Elementary. She entered the Tulsa Public School System. After thirty years at Byrd Middle School, she retired in December of 1994. Ruth also taught adult education for two years during her early teaching years. Even with her church work, she found time for other activities such as Tulsa Teacher Classroom Assoc. (TCTA) OEA, and a delegate for the NEA, president of the Teacher Center and president of Science Teachers for one year. She served in many other facets within these organizations.
On October 25th, 2010 the Lord peacefully led Ruth home. The family members she leaves behind to thank the Lord for the celebration of her life, include her cousins Charlotte Wright, Oklahoma City, OK, Felchia Easter (Earnest) Sonja Dunkley (Don) and Mary Mason, all of Owasso, OK and Lewis Moses, Tulsa, OK along with other relatives, her church family and loving and devoted friends who will miss her.
The celebration of her life service will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2010, 1:00 p.m. at New Jerusalem Baptist Church, Tulsa with Rev. Arice Pittman, Pastor officiating. She will be laid to rest in Booker T. Washington Cemetery. Visitation hours are today from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Ragsdale Chapel, and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the church. Services are under the direction of Ragsdale Funeral Center.