Ruth Lorraine (Moorehead) Koch Berry was born on July 13th, 1921 to John Walter and Opal Nora (Brillhart) Moorhead at the family home in Ellis County, Oklahoma. She left this life on August 29, 2012 in Clinton, Oklahoma with family by her side.
Ruth spent her early years in Speermore, Oklahoma, attending school at Union Center Country School. She moved with her parents to Laverne, Oklahoma in 1936, where she met Ralph Henry Koch and married in 1938. To this union was born two sons, Gary D. and Hugh Roger "Bud".
Ruth and Ralph lived in several communities before settling in Dodge City, Ks, where she worked at Pay Day Market for several years. Seeking a new direction she attended Floral Design studies in Denver, Colorado, after graduation she returned to Dodge City and began her career. She later moved back to Laverne to be closer to her parents and opened her own floral shop the Ponderosa.
On June 11, 1968 Ruth was united in marriage with Perry Francis Berry. After a few years, they sold the Ponderosa to enjoy traveling in connection with Perry's Job. Following Perry's retirement they opened their own floral shop, Laverne Floral, which was very demanding, but with the employees that became like family, they had a lot of fun too. She retired and sold the shop in November of 1989. Her retirement didn't mean that she slowed down. She was always on the go with traveling or watching her grandkids' sporting events.
Ruth was a long-time member of Eastern Star. She also belonged to the Business and Professional Women association.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Walter on September 14th, 1988 and Opal on August 15th, 1993, also her husband P.F. Berry on June 25th 1989 and her beloved Peachie.
Ruth leaves as her survivors, sons Gary D. Koch and wife Wilma of Foss Lake, Oklahoma, and Hugh Roger "Bud" Koch and wife Linda of Arroyo City, Texas. Grandchildren Donice and husband K.C. Johnson of Foss Lake, Oklahoma, Dana and husband Rocky Carnagey of Thomas, Oklahoma, Kenda and husband Dale Primeaux of Belton, Texas, and Derek and wife Lynn of Rio Hondo, Texas. She has five great grandchildren; Michael Johnson, Chrystal and husband Adam Riggs, all of Laverne, Oklahoma, Savannah Johnson of Elk City, Oklahoma, Satora Johnson of Weatherford, Oklahoma, Kayla Johnston of Weatherford, Oklahoma, Brittany Carnagey of Denton, Texas, Mikalah and husband Steven Yoder of Thomas, Oklahoma, Allyson Carnagey of Bryan, Texas, Christian Carnagey of Lindale, Texas, Dustin Primeaux of Belton, Texas, Chris Welch of San Antonio, Texas, and Carlton Welch of Houston, Texas. She also had five great - great grandchildren; Aubrey Johnson, Jayden Outhouse, Dakota Riggs, Ava Riggs and Kellyann Yoder.