Ruth Ann Baugh 87, died Friday, March 7, 2014 at Kansas Christian Home in Newton, Kansas. She was born as a twin sister on April 29, 1926 in Carmen, Oklahoma to G. Ray and Anna Rose (Harvey) Vaughn. Ruth Ann’s twin sister lived only a few hours before passing away and no other children were born to Ray and Anna. Mr. Vaughn was a minister and Anna was his assistant. They moved several times during Ruth Ann’s growing up years. As a child, Ruth Ann learned to play the piano and organ. She loved music and played both instruments for church activities and other events throughout her life. She loved to sing, participating in high school choir and taking voice lessons in college. Ruth Ann graduated from Alva High school and attended two years of college in Alva, Oklahoma. She worked as a secretary and accountant in a series of part time jobs. Ruth Ann’s mother taught her to sew, embroider and crochet as a child. She carried these skills into her adult life making and selling beautiful dolls clothes including bridal gowns for Barbie dolls complete with lace veils and seed pearl bodices. While in college Ruth Ann also took drawing and painting lessons. She had a good eye for composition and detail. At a Sunday School class party in Pratt, KS when Ruth Ann was 24 she was introduced to her future husband by her friends Virginia Dollard and Dortha Baugh. After a 5 month courtship, Ruth Ann Married Guy Baugh on July 14, 1951 in a ceremony performed by Ruth Ann’s father. To this union no children were born. Through the years Guy’s job to the couple to Michigan, Arkansas City, and Houston, Texas. Ruth Ann continued to work as a secretary and accountant. Upon Guy’s retirement, the couple moved back to Alva, Oklahoma where Guy preceded Ruth Ann in death in 1995. Ruth Ann moved to Kansas Christian Home Independent Campus in February 1996 then into the nursing home when her health deteriorated.
Ruth Ann was preceded in death by her twin sister, her husband Guy Baugh, and her parents Ray and Anna Rose Vaughn.
She is survived by a sister in law Dortha Meireis of Newton, KS; niece Vicky Wallace and her husband Rodney of Larned, KS; cousin Janell Rouse of Wichita, KS; and several grand Nephews and their families. Ruth Ann is also survived by many friends.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 13, 2014 at First Christian Church in Newton, KS with The Reverend Gary Bell presiding. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday March 12, 2014 at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Graveside committal service will be 3:00 p.m. Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Alva Municipal Cemetery in Alva, Oklahoma
Memorials are suggested to First Christian Church, Newton in Care of Petersen Funeral Home