Ruth Ann (Carlile) Griffith

Ruth Ann (Carlile) Griffith


Ruth Ann (Carlile) Griffith, 71, of Vian, OK, peacefully passed away Wednesday, August 31st, 2022, at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born on December 16, 1950, in Waldron AR to Reverend John Calvin Carlile and Ethel Eversole Carlile.

Ruth was employed at Vian Public School for 23 years, making an impact on many students lives. Ruth married her best friend, Thomas Griffith on February 14, 1995, in Vian OK. Ruth enjoyed traveling especially taking trips on Tuesdays with Tom to get a hamburger. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandkids, great-grandkids, and her dog Bear. Nana Rooster will be greatly missed by all who knew her, with her infectious smile and spunky personality. In the words of our mom, grandma, and great grandma “Never forget when you’re having a hard time, talk to me, because my heavenly father can take care of anything”.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Ethel Carlile and the Reverend John Calvin Carlile.

Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband, Thomas Griffith, and the 3 most important people in her life, Monica Taylor and husband Danny of Schulter, OK, Leslie Locust Jr and wife Jenell of Vian, OK, and Becky Dyer and husband Mike of Muldrow.

Grandkids: Brandi Noisey, Derek and Chelsey Locust, Hailey and Justin Sharp, Kaitlyn and Clay Bolinger, Tre and Fontana Locust, Camry Jett, Macee Underwood, Dakota Brown and Kayla, and Nick and Jennifer Hankins.

Great Grandkids: Luke, Carson, Rian, Lane, Easton, Reid, Noah, Emma,

Evelyn, Kimber, Sawyer, Jackson, and Grayson.

Sister: Rebeka Isham and husband Dk of Vian, OK.

Sister in Law’s: Wanda Tallon of Yukon, OK and Ramoma Shore of Oklahoma City, OK. Thelma and Reverend Elvis Atkinson of California.

Nieces and Nephews: David and Mary Isham, Joel and Anita Isham, Diana Tallon, Kim Logan, Traci Greer, Trey Moore, and Barbara Griffith and Andrew.

A visitation for Ruth will be held on Sunday, September 4, 2022, in the chapel of Forever Memories Funeral Services in Sallisaw, OK, from 3-7 PM.

A funeral service will take place on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at Blackgum Harvestime Church in Vian, OK, at 2 PM, with Pastor Chester Eversole officiating.

Interment will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Vian, OK

Casket bearers are Derek Locust, Tre Locust, Dakota Brown, Clay Bolinger, Justin Sharp, David Isham, Joby Isham, and Buck Locust.

Honorary bearers are Norman Spencer, Mike Spencer, Tyler Spencer, Hunter Spencer, Scott Thompson, Little Richard Livers, Big Richard Livers, Ethan Locust, Chris Locust, and Jess Locust

With a special thanks to her “other daughter” Sandra, her husband Mike and her two boys Tyler and Hunter Spencer.


Arrangements are under the direction of Forever Memories Funeral Services,

463505, Hwy 101, Sallisaw, OK 74955


13 Responses

  1. When I was living in Vian I went to Vian Assembly of God. I loved the Carlile family. Sorry for your loss. Prayers 🙏 🙏 🙏 for all.

  2. So sorry to hear of Ruth Ann’s passing. I know she’s in the arms of her heavenly Father smiling down on us. She will be missed by many, even though I haven’t seen in her in many years, I will always remember her laughter and her children. Prayers for her family and friends.

  3. I’m at a loss of words. I loved her all my life. I am so so sorry Monica, Les and Becky. Sending love,hugs,and prayers.

  4. Awe so sad to hear this. She will always be my Aunt. She was always good to me. She’ll definitely be missed. Prayers for the family.

  5. Ruth was my classmate. I haven’t seen her for years but I will always remember her. My condolences to her family and friends. Fly high Ruth!

  6. Going to be missed I lost contact with her as we moved to wa state .. we lived across the street from them when I was a kid in vian .. hopefully somehow ihope I can come in contact with monica love is sent

  7. Rebekah and D.K.,
    I’m so sorry to hear this. You’re in my thoughts and prayers that you’ll find peace and comfort for your loss.
    Mildred Joan Speck Reynolds
    Vian High School Class of 1963

  8. Some of my early childhood memories are playing with Ruth in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Candy. She was always a happy, fun person! My most sincere condolences to her precious family! Love you guys!

  9. We went to church with the Carliles. Brother Carlile was a good man and good preacher. Ruth Ann taught me piano but was never as good as she was. Wonderful lady. She will be missed.

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