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Treasure family recipes by documenting in honor of lost loved ones

In the wake of losing a dear friend, columnist Sherrel Jones writes about the importance of preserving family recipes.
BY SHERREL JONES Published: January 15, 2014

Her funeral was conducted on a cold, bitter day, with ice and snow creating difficulty for folks who loved and admired Ruth to attend her funeral, but they found a way. I thought of the great difference she made in the lives of so many. I will be forever grateful for her inspiration and those recipes.

Compile your ‘classics'

In 1997, Ruth compiled “Kitchen Classics,” a 68-page booklet of recipes, with proceeds going to what was then the Enid-Phillips Symphony Orchestra. Her clever notes and attributions recalled friends and family along with important notations for particular recipes. This booklet and another she did in 2003 are kitchen treasures.

Get started now. Write down those recipes of yours. Copies of your family's favorite recipes make great gifts for young couples starting out or any graduates as they leave home and set up a place of their own.

As I stir up the Old-Fashioned Ginger Cookie recipe Ruth left us, I am warmed by the memories of her engaging smile and that generous spirit.

The Teddy Bear Paws recipe makes 96 rolls, cinnamon rolls or bear paws, or four tea rings. The original recipe is from Ruth's friend Cappie Addison, of Dallas, about 1947.