Duke to celebrate 100th birthday

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Ruby Duke was born in Shattuck, Okla., on Aug. 12, 1916. She will celebrate her 100th birthday on Aug. 12.

She married Kay Duke, a rancher, in 1936, and they lived on their ranch until they moved to their new ranch in Pawhuska with their three children, Govan, Kelly and Gayle in 1950. They had a fourth child, Rick, in Pawhuska.

During her years in Pawhuska, Duke was active in the First Christian Church, city and school activities, and served 23 years in the state mental health association. She also served on several local boards, including the Heeko Club, to promote and improve Pawhuska to make it a better place for everyone to live.

She was heavily involved in the local and state PTA and served as the state district director for several years during the late 1950s and early 1960s. She initiated community drives to clean up unsightly areas around town, beautify blighted areas downtown and the city ultimately hired a code enforcement officer to continue her successful programs.

She was awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Award by the city in 2002, and served as grand marshal of the Christmas Parade in 2003. She moved to Norman in 2004 to be close to her daughter.

Duke resides at Brookhaven Mansions, 2100 36th Ave., Apt. 1, Norman, OK 73072. She has been blessed with four children, 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

— Govan Duke