NORMAN — Ruth Elenore Laib, born Nov. 17, 1923, in Breslau, Germany, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013.
Ruth’s life as one of five siblings, a daughter living at home and a legal secretary in a position she loved was interrupted and torn apart by war. Fleeing her beautiful home and city, she found refuge at a U.S. Army Base, where she met and, soon after the war, married her beloved husband, Richard A. Laib. Upon leaving Germany, and after many years of travel with the United States Armed Forces while raising three daughters, they retired to Norman in 1970. Ruth lost her husband after 36 years of happiness in 1983 and continued to maintain her residence there until her death.
Ruth was the oldest of five children of Paul and Emily Peters.
Ruth was preceded in death by her sister, the late Ursula Schwert of Stuttgart, Germany.
She is survived by her daughter, Sybille Jones and husband Ernest of Medford, Ore.; daughter, Barbara Peters of Oklahoma City; daughter, Moselle Rowsey and husband William of Boerne, Texas; grandchildren Alfred Watson, Christine Lundeen, Naomi Palomares, Matthew Mahan, William E. Rowsey IV and Taylor Rowsey; several great-grandchildren; her sister, Christa Peters of Erlangen, Germany; her brother, Hans Peters and wife Carmen of Nurnberg, Germany; her brother, Rudi Peters and wife Helga of Piscataway, New Jersey; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Ruth’s faith and love for her God Jehovah, his son, Jesus, and the worldwide association of brothers and sisters, sustained and supported her throughout most of her life. Her family, neighbors and friends were instrumental in allowing her to live an independent, secure and healthy life for so many years.
A memorial service conducted by minister Philip Corder will be 1 p.m. Saturday at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, 2201 E. Imhoff Road in Norman.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Primrose Funeral Service.
Norman Transcript, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014
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