Cover photo for Ruby Lee Beasley's Obituary
Ruby Lee Beasley Profile Photo
1910 Ruby 2021

Ruby Lee Beasley

November 6, 1910 — January 8, 2021

Ruby Lee (Renegar) Beasley was born on November 6, 1910, North of Caddo Creek near Ardmore, Oklahoma. Ruby passed away on January 8, 2021, shortly after 11:00 pm in Sulphur, Oklahoma at the age of 110 years old. Ruby was living independently at her own home in Sulphur, Oklahoma just before her death.

Since Ruby was old enough to pick up a one-row planter (about age 2) she was deemed “Dad’s Cowboy”. Ruby grew up with her four sisters on the Renegars’ Bar S Ranch in Nebo, Oklahoma. As Dad’s Cowboy, Ruby would start every day around 4 am to get the fire going in the kitchen and prepare breakfast for the two of them so they could feed all the cattle before school. Just afterwards she and her sisters really had to “step to it” to get to school on time each morning, which was about a mile from their home. After school, they all rushed back home to ensure all their chores were done before the sun set.

Ruby attended Nebo school until the 9th grade. She had four children in Ardmore, Oklahoma with her first husband Frances E. Butler. She later re-married to George Beasley on August 26, 1946. Ruby and George lived in San Antonio, Texas where they owned a dairy farm with ninety-five head of cattle until 1979. The couple then retired to Sulphur, Oklahoma where Ruby lived until her passing at age 110.

As a Supercentenarian and local celebrity, she was often asked “what is the key to a long life?” to which she would look at the question-seeker as if they should already know the answer and reply: “Well… I’ve done a man’s work all of my life…since I was big enough to reach up and hold a one-row planter.” Ruby was frequently referred to as the “lady who always wore red boots and a cowboy hat” around town. She would often tell her children and grandkids that she dressed that way so “that people will think I’m a man, you see” in order for others to never consider her as vulnerable. Fiercely independent her whole life, Ruby also proudly mowed her own lawn, until she was close to 105 years old, which was no easy task. She recently even commented to reporters during a 110th birthday interview “I’d keep mowing it too, if my family would ever just see to my mower”.

Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, George Beasley, parents Charlie S. and Katie (Bennett) Renegar, sisters Vera Kirby, Thelma (Dutch) Pool, and Ruth Arms; children Francis Powell, Earl Butler, and Helen Binderim. Ruby is survived by her youngest sister, Charlene (Cricket) Crissey of Garland, Texas, youngest daughter Hazel Okkonen of Schofield, Wisconsin, and daughter-in-law Hannelore Butler of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Of Ruby’s grandchildren, she is preceded in death by Linda Parrott, Dale (Jake) Best, and Alan Okkonen.

She is survived by grandchildren Ricky Powell and wife Janise of Plano, Texas, Tommy Powell of Ardmore, Diane and husband Mike Curtis of Portland, Oregon, Gayle and husband Jerry Dubois of Oklahoma City, Heidi Butler of Oklahoma City, Gary Binderim of Houston, Texas, Nancy Binderim and Michael Mitchell of Sulphur, Susie and husband Bill Kendall of Ardmore, Jackie and husband Johnny Robinson of Brighton, Colorado, Matti Okkonen and wife Kelsey of Schofield, Wisconsin and Jack Oliphant of Ft. Collins, Colorado.

Ruby is also survived by 25 great-grandchildren, 39 great-great grandchildren and 1 great-great-great grandson.

Graveside services will be held 2:00 pm, Friday, January 15, 2021 at the Drake Cemetery, south of Sulphur. Dru Finley of First Baptist Church Fusion in Ardmore, Oklahoma will officiate the service. Masks will be required, and social distancing is strongly encouraged.

The family wishes to offer a very special thanks to the family and friends who enabled Ruby to continue living in her home for so long, including but not limited to Brian and Debbie Hollis, Mark and Linda Estlack, Hal Burns, her former Postman Bill Wright, Sherry Smith and the other health care providers from her home health network.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Ruby Lee Beasley, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, January 15, 2021

9:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Hale's Funeral Home, Sulphur

3370 State Highway 7, Sulphur, OK 73086

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Friday, January 15, 2021

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

Drake Cemetery


Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Photo Gallery

Visits: 4

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree