WINTER, Ruby V. (Attebery)
Ruby Voncille (Attebery) Winter, born August 30, 1928 on a farm near Waurika, Oklahoma, to Oliver Claude and Dovie Pearl (Booth) Attebery, passed away January 14, 2010. She attended the Waurika schools and Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha, where she met and married Bill Winter, a southeastern Oklahoma boy, in 1947. They had one daughter, Patricia Ann. They came to the Del City/Midwest City area in 1948, where she resided at the time of her death, the past few years as a resident of the Arbor House in Midwest City. Voncille was employed with Prudential Insurance Company approximately seventeen years. In 1970 she returned to school to complete her work for a BBA and MBA degree from Central State University in Edmond. She then began teaching at the college level. By 1980 she had completed a PhD at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. She taught business courses, such as Management, Marketing, Real Estate, Statistics and Business Ethics, and later was coordinator of Technical/Occupational Education and director of the Management Training Center and director of Resource Development at Rose State College, Midwest City, before retiring in 1991 to care for her husband, Bill, until his death in 1993. Teaching was a very enjoyable and fulfilling experience for her, and she very much enjoyed the vocation she had chosen. In 1968 she and Bill purchased the Winter homeplace in southeastern Oklahoma, where Bill was born and had lived until adulthood. In 1973 they built a home there in the peaceful McGee Valley and spent most weekends, vacations and holidays there, hosting her sisters and their families each Thanksgiving for many years. In 1984, Voncille, who had always been interested in genealogy, and her cousin, Wilma (Attebery) Mitchell, published a 560-page book, "The Descendants of William Atterbury, 1733 English Emigrant," that had required approximately 10,000 hours of research and preparatory work -- most of which took place within two years.She was a member of the Midwest Boulevard Christian Church in Midwest City, where she had served as an Elder and church treasurer. She was a member of the Zonta Sorority and many civic organizations. Voncille was predeceased by her parents; her daughter, Patricia Ann Winter in 1979; her husband, Bill, in 1993; a sister, Bonnie Karsjen, in 2007; two half-brothers: Oley Edric Attebery and Oliver Rue Attebery; and a half-sister, Lenos Nadine Bass. She is survived by three sisters: Ruth Dunn of Del City; Nell King of Beeville, Texas; and Edna Ward of Douglass, Texas; many nieces and nephews; special nephew on Bill's side of the family, Walter Winter, his wife, Dorothy, and their children and grandchildren, of Stringtown, Oklahoma; and many friends and co-workers at Rose State College, including Joy Rupp, a faithful friend of many years. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 16, 2010, at the Atoka Funeral Home Chapel in Atoka, OK, with the Reverend Bob Muncy officiating. Burial will be in the Winter family plot in Redden Cemetery beside her beloved husband, Bill, and daughter, "Patt" (Patricia Ann).Voncille was the eldest of five sisters and the one they always turned to when needing comfort or guidance. She will forever be missed and will always live in their hearts.A special thanks to the nurses and staff at D Arbor House in Midwest City, where she had lived since October 2007, and to the nurses at Crossroads Hospice for their compassionate care for the past several months.