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Chapel Hill Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens

8701 Northwest Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK

OBITUARY

Ruth Marie Zumwalt

January 12, 1971November 4, 2019
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Ruth Marie Zumwalt suddenly left this world November 4, 2019. She was born January 12, 1971 in Guymon, Oklahoma to Ray and Delores Hales Kimsey. Ruth was raised loving the outdoors and was a great horsewoman.

Ruth married Randy Zumwalt June 3, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ruth attended Oklahoma State University and received her Bachelor's degree in Education in 1993. She then completed her Master’s Degree in Education Curriculum and Instruction on February 1, 2006, of which she was very proud. She worked 21 years in public education, grades 9-12, teaching Biology, Pre AP Biology, AP Biology, Anatomy/Physiology, Ecology, Botany, Physical Science, and ACT Review. Most recently, Ruth worked as a science content specialist for the Edmond Public Schools. To say Ruth was passionate about science and education would be an understatement. She also helped kids prepare to take the ACT.

In 2007, Ruth received the Edmond North Teacher of the Year award.

Ruth was a die-hard OSU fan (Go POKES!). She and Randy attended many football games together. Ruth’s brother, Richard Kimsey, preceded her in death.

Ruth leaves behind her loving husband, Randy Zumwalt; her parents Ray and Delores Kimsey; brothers Mark Kimsey and Dale Kimsey; sisters Donna Lynn Kimsey Costner and Kristin Bell; fur babies Roscoe and Apollo and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews who will mourn her loss and cherish her memory.

A Celebration of Ruth’s life will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 9, 2019 at First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Hurd Street, Edmond, OK 73034

Edmond Public Schools Foundation has set up a scholarship fund in Ruth's honor.  To contribute go to Edmondpsf.org.  Click on "Give" and follow the prompts and complete the form.  Be sure to type in the tribute blank that it is for the Ruth Zumwalt Scholarship.  The scholarship will be for a female student going into a STEM program.  All Donations are 100% tax deductible.

  • FAMILY

  • Randy Lee Zumwalt, Husband
  • Ray Kimsey, Father
  • Delores Kimsey, Mother
  • Mark Ross Kimsey, Brother
  • Donna Lynn Kimsey, Sister
  • Robert Dale Kimsey, Brother
  • Richard Owen Kimsey, Brother (deceased)
  • Kristin Michele Bell, Sister
  • Ruth is also survived by her fur babies Roscoe and Apollo and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews who will mourn her loss and cherish her memory.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, November 9, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Inurnment

Memories

Ruth Marie Zumwalt

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Steve Baggerly

November 12, 2019

I have lots of memories of Ruth as a kid growing up “next door” if there is such a thing in the country. She was a great friend to my daughters and my kids learned a lot from Ruth riding the bus everyday to school. I was sad to learn of her passing and her family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Nabiha Ahmad

November 10, 2019

I had Mrs. Zumwalt as my AP biology teacher my senior year of high school. I remember always thinking that I would never be good at science, or ever understand it. She changed that. Not only did she make hard biology concepts easy to understand, but she made me want to learn more about science. I’m now in my senior year of college and I’m finishing up a bachelors degree in biology. I cannot put into words how thankful I am for her and the passion for biology that she brought into my life. May she Rest In Peace, and may her love of science live on through everyone she taught.

Amal Jamshed

November 9, 2019

Mrs. Zumwalt,
I remember being in Mrs. Zumwalt's pre-AP biology class my freshman year. It was the first class on my schedule. Now that I think about it, I was so lucky to have the first class of my day be hers. I had made some amazing friends and truly enjoyed the subject and her teaching. I had always been more of a STEM person than ELA. That is why, come sophomore year when I was in the process of founding the sign language club, I came to her to be its teacher sponsor. Of course, I knew that she had a busy schedule to begin with, but she happily accepted with open arms. Thank you, Mrs. Zumwalt, for being the first person to believe in my very ambitious goal which has now become so much bigger than I could have ever imagined. One thing that I will always remember is this selfless and giving nature of hers. Even when she got her promotion and had to leave north, she made sure that I had another sponsor for the club and that she would be someone who would take it just as seriously as Mrs. Zumwalt had. Her memory and spirit will always live in the sign language club . Thank you so much for being the best guide through high school that I could have asked for. You were an amazing teacher, friend, and mentor.
In loving memory,
Amal Jamshed

Raylene Kelley

November 9, 2019

Ruth was an amazing teacher, friend, and colleague. I taught with Ruth at Mannfoed Public Schools and were roommates before she left to take a job at the quarter horse association she dearly loved. While Ruth was at Mannford we attended OSU football games and had a tailgating tradition we shared with our friends Harvey and Dennis. How I miss Ruth's laugh and her contagious smile. When her parents lived in Guymon she took me on a road trip to visit. She was all about family, she constantly talked about her mom, dad and her brothers and sisters. It is with deep sorrow that I am witing this memory of Ruth. I did not find out about her death until this morning. God blessed me with having Ruth in my life. I am in prayer for Randy and the entire family. Though we mourn your loss Ruth you have gained your angel wings. You will be dearly missed but, we will see you again.

Melissa Perry

November 8, 2019

Melissa Perry

November 8, 2019

Melissa Perry

November 8, 2019

Ruth was such a special friend, I don't even know where to begin. She was one of those rare people who had it all. She was kind, intelligent, funny, adventurous, and strong. She was the kind of friend who knew when to listen and when to give advice. And when she gave that advice she knew just what to say and how to say it, while sharing it with honesty and love.

I met Ruth shortly after she moved to Edmond and was new at Edmond North. Gloria invited Ruth to come with her to join Gail and I one evening. The four of us went out and immediately became friends for life and shared many adventures together.

One very special memory I have with Ruth was when we traveled to Colorado and had the opportunity to hike out to a cabin on Vail Pass with her cousin. It was the most beautiful, peaceful place I think I have ever been! Hiking back in the snow, eating the best bowl of soup ever, and talking afterward about everything we saw will always be a favorite memory of mine.

Ruth was a true friend, I love her and will miss her so much.

Jan Keirns

November 8, 2019

Ruth Kimsey Zumwalt was one of the best all-around teachers with whom I have worked in my 44 year career. When I came to Edmond North HS in 2005, I readily saw how Ruth displayed her genuine love of her work and for her students. She was a “true” colleague who seemed to always have a smile and a kind word. As a teacher, Ruth love her subject and created a classroom where students were actively and readily engaged. It was a perfect match when was able to share her knowledge and craft with other teachers with the Edmond schools.

I admired Ruth for her indomitable spirit and her positive attitude that pervaded the room when she appeared. Her strong values and belief in the best in people reflected her family well. She brought joy to those who knew her. Ruth will be sorely missed, but she leaves behind people who are better to have known her. It was a privilege to have been a colleague and friend of Ruth Kimsey Zumwalt.

Jan Keirns, Administrator, Edmond North High School, 2005-2011

Andrea Sampley

November 8, 2019

I first met Ruth as a fellow teacher during professional development through Edmond Public Schools. She was always positive and upbeat. Most recently she became our science curriculum coordinator and she was a marvel at it! She was so supportive of our interests and helped to get us the materials we needed. She was always responsive to requests and genuinely interested in helping us to help our students. Losing Ruth is a major loss for us in Science. She was our advocate.

Randy, I hurt for your loss. We feel it in a different way but those who were blessed to work with Ruth have lost a dear friend.

Angela Grunewald

November 8, 2019

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