Ruby E Rusco Buergey, age 85, of Miami, passed away Saturday morning, June 16, 2007, at her home after a brief illness.

Born April 12, 1922, in Bluejacket, Ok., she was the daughter of Jesse and Sadie Musser Rusco and lived in Miami most of her life. Ruby received her Master's of Education from Kansas State College of Pittsburg (Kan.) in 1960. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Northeastern State College, Tahlequah, in 1957.

Ruby taught at Winfrey School and was employed at Southwestern Bell prior to her employment with Miami Public Schools where she taught for 30 years. She attended First Freewill Baptist Church in Miami. She was a member of Oklahoma National Education Association, National Society of The Daughters of the American Revolution, Oklahoma Retired Educators Association, Oklahoma Sigma Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority and American Legion Auxiliary.

On Nov. 27, 1947, she married Jonathan Jacob Buergey Jr. in Miami. He preceded her in death on March 4, 2004.

Survivors include daughter, Janet Cole, of Miami; daughter, Lisa Taylor and her husband, Zachary, of Oklahoma City; niece, Donna Mercer and her husband, Jack, of Miami; grandchildren, Brook Still, Andrea Cummings and Ryan Cole, all of Miami, Adrienne Taylor and Lindsay Taylor, of Oklahoma City; great-grandchildren, Paige and Jacob Still, Jessica, Justeen and Madison Cummings, and Matthew Cole, all of Miami; sisters, Viola Carder of Miami, and Evelyn Hart, of Arlington, Texas.

Services will be Tuesday, June 19, at 10:30 a.m. at First Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Dewey Johnston officiating. Interment will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Seth McCormick, Buckey Barnes, Justin Hallett, Greg Kleidon, Randy Mercer, and Steve Hallett. Honorary Pallbearers will be Rory Hallett and Shane Hallett.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 18, at Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home.

The family would especially like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the caregivers at Integris Regency Hospice for their kindness and special care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Integris Regency Hospice, in care of Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home.

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