Ruth Mary Conrad Maples was born in Taloga, Dewey Co., OK on 10 July 1917 and died on 26 September 2011 at the age of 94 in Amarillo, TX.
Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, 29 September 2011. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
She graduated from Amarillo High in 1933 after moving to Amarillo, TX in 1929. She attended Amarillo College and West Texas Teachers College in Canyon, TX for her Bachelor of Education degree. She began teaching school upon graduation in 1937 at Hart, TX where she met her beloved husband, Glen Maples. They farmed in Hart, TX until they moved to Amarillo in 1959.
She completed her Masters of Education in 1959 at West Texas State College where she then continued her teaching career at Pleasant Valley, Hamlet, Hilltop, and Will Rogers elementary schools in Amarillo until she retired in 1978. Her interests were always travel, archeology and genealogy, where she studied her family’s history.
She was a member of Panhandle Archeological Society, Esther McCrory Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Amarillo Genealogical Society, Santa Fe Trail, the Scottish Celtic Heritage Society, the Panhandle DAR Regents Council, and the Ruth Eccles Nugent Tent of Union Veterans. She served as president and on the executive board of all these groups.
She has helped find where her family lines originated from and how they moved westward by proving over thirty-five lines back to the American Revolution. Also, she has proven various family lines in Colonial America and other lines back to Medieval Europe.
With her research in her family history, she helped write Bollinger Connections and A Maples Leaf as well as various other stories about the family. She also worked to record various genealogical records for the National Society of the Daughter of the American Revolution.
She was also a member of Daughter of the American Revolution, Daughters of American Colonists, Daughters of the Colonial Dames of the 17the Century, Daughter of the War of 1812, Daughters of Colonial Wars, Society of the Descendants of the Founders of Hartford CT, Daughters of Loyalists and Patriots, Huguenot Society of Missouri, Descendants of Valley Forge, Antebellum Bench & Bar, Colonial Society of Daughters of Indian Wars, National Society of Magna Carta Dames, The Society of Descendants of Knights of the Life Most Nobel Order of the Garter, The Sovereign Colonial Society of Americans of Royal Descent, First Families of Twin Territories, as well as the Colonial Order of the Crown.
She also supported various historical and genealogical organizations such as the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society, First Families of Ohio, Oklahoma Historical Society, Catawba Historical Society of North Carolina, Virginia Historical Society, Athens County Genealogical Society of Missouri, Cabarrus Genealogy Society of North Carolina, the National Genealogical Society, the Missouri Historical Society and the Andrew County Museum of Missouri. She was also a member of the archeological organizations such as the El Paso Archeological Society and Texas Archeological Society.
Ruth Maples was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Maples, son-in-law, Joe Schoen III and three grandchildren, Jason, Scott and Stephanie Schoen.
Survivors include daughters, Mary Herring and husband Glenn, Ann Schoen, Ruth Elaine Maples; three grandchildren, Shanell Herring, Joe Schoen IV and wife Karla, JoAnna Schoen of Japan; and six great-grandchildren, Marine Lance Corporal Collin Trussell, Airman Nicholas Trussell, Joseph W. Schoen V, Laura Schoen, Xander and Dalton Daniels; and her favorite pet, Kat.
The family suggest memorials be given to the Esther McCrory DAR Chapter of Amarillo, Amarillo Public Library Genealogical Department or other genealogical groups.