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Place of Birth:
Gideon, Oklahoma
Place of Death:
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Freda Ruth Kinkade

In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid.
Psalm 56:11

Freda Ruth Jackson Kinkade, 79, passed away July 14th, 2013 in her home in Tulsa, Oklahoma from complications of lung cancer. She passed gently in her sleep, to the arms of her beloved Lord.

Ruth was born February 16th, 1934 in Gideon, Oklahoma to Ralph and Elizabeth Johnson, the second of six children. She was blessed with two brothers, Ralph and Daniel, and three sisters, Helene, Wilma, and Caron, all of whom she loved dearly and with great pride. She graduated from Bagley High School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She then studied at the University of Tulsa on a singing scholarship.

In 1953 she married William Jackson, of Berryhill, Oklahoma. With Bill she raised two sons. Scott Jackson was born in December 1958, and John Jackson in November 1960. With her family she established long and loving homes in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Glencoe, Oklahoma.

Her husband Bill died suddenly in 1985. She struggled with heartbreak in the first years, but with indomitable spirit created a new life for herself.

An experienced switchboard operator, she worked for hospitals in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. In Tulsa, she took a small but pleasant house in Midtown and, applying the great love of flowers that she had learned from her mother, turned it into one of the most beautiful garden homes in the city.

Her father, Ralph, died December 27, 1991 after a long illness. Ruth began making weekly trips to visit her mother in Tahlequah, often staying several days and bringing her mother back to Tulsa for visits.

In July of 1999, her first son, Scott, died. The sorrow of his loss never left her. In 2002, she was contacted by an old high school friend, Robert "Bob" Kinkade. After what for her was a whirlwind courtship, they married in October 2003. Bob was a great comfort to her, returning the spark and love of life from her youth.

He was by her side to comfort her when her beloved mother Beth passed away, September 8, 2004. She in turn gave him comfort and strength when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2005. Bob passed away February 5th, 2006. She often referred to their time together as the happiest of her life.

Survived by

John Jackson, Son, Tulsa, OK

Samantha Drywater, Granddaughter, Tulsa, OK

Wilma Mahaffey, Sister Mounds, OK
Ralph Johnson, Brother, Owasso, OK
Daniel Johnson, Brother, Gideon, OK
Caron Johnston, Sister, Broken Arrow, OK
Half of Cherokee County
A host of friends

Predeceased by (and date of death):
William R. Jackson, Husband, d. 1985
Ralph Johnson, Father, d.1991
Scott Jackson, Son, d. 1999
Elizabeth Johnson, Mother, d. 2004
Robert R. Kinkade, Husband, d. 2006
Helene H. Chaves, Sister, d. 2008

Service Information

Time: 20-Jul-2013 10:00 am
Location: Will Rogers United Methodist Church
Address: 1138 South Yale Tulsa, OK


Janet Johnson
Ruth was a wonderful sister-in-law and I felt lucky to be a part of the family. Ruth had a wonderful smile, laugh, and she was beautiful on both the inside and outside.
Joan & Vernon Isom
Ruth brought beauty to us with her good heart, her beautiful smile and her singing voice that inspired and thrilled us all. Go in peace, Ruth, and know you are loved by many.
Kathleen Bellah
Ruth - We will miss you greatly. You were kind and sweet and caring. I appreciate your concern for our entire family. With love, Kathleen
Carl & Kay Chaves
RIP Aunt Ruth. We shall always remember you in our collective memory.
Wilma D. Mahaffey
I will miss a loving sister.
Mark Storey
I have been Ruth's neighnbor since 1997, and boy did I luck out. We had a wonderful neighbor relationship and I will miss my little buddy. She kept me in tomatoes and I performed an occaional "honey do" when John wasn't around. The neighborhood will just not be the same. God Bless and Condolences to family
Vera Davidson Jerson
Dear Ruth, we share so many memories. The friendship of "Ralph&Bethel" and "Hack&Ek" and the Moody years and the Detroit years and the Gideon years and the Bagley years. You were always there. I'll miss you so.