Minnie Lou (Ribbeck) Horton, 74, of Shawnee, Oklahoma, passed away Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at her home.
Minnie Lou (Ribbeck) Horton, 74, of Shawnee, passed away Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at her home.
She was born Nov. 19, 1942, to C.H. “Mike” and Katheryn (Kill) Ribbeck in Konowa.
After her father died when she was 15 months old, Minnie moved with her mother and siblings to Shawnee, where she attended Jefferson Elementary, Shawnee Central Junior High, and Shawnee High School, graduating with the class of 1960.
She married Gale E. Horton on April 23, 1960, in Wewoka.
One of Minnie’s greatest passions was playing tennis. She played tennis in high school and their team won the state championship. She continued to play after high school and was a member of USTA Missouri Valley. She won several matches in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles at various tournaments including medaling at the Sooner State Games in 1989. In addition, she won and or placed at many local tournaments during the '80s and '90s. In 1989 she was ranked #1 in Women’s B doubles in the Oklahoma District Tennis Association. She not only played, but also umpired at the Virginia Slims of Oklahoma tournament in 1992 and umpired and judged at many local tournaments. She spent two to three times a week on the local tennis courts with her friends. When she wasn’t playing, she was stringing rackets for many people and school tennis teams as well as being a treasurer and active member of the Shawnee Tennis Boosters Association.
She loved flowers, people, traveling and frequenting their Lake Tenkiller property, which she called her “second home.” She and Gale spent their time there boating, water skiing, hiking and most recently riding their wave runner all over the lake. Minnie loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; they were the focal point of her life. She enjoyed live theatre with her daughters and granddaughters, scary movies, and working puzzles, both jigsaw and 3D. She also had an extensive collection of Coca-Cola related items.
She also loved being around other children. Halloween was spent handing out candy to all the kids trick-or-treating. This was a yearly tradition for her and her family. This year was no exception.
Beyond family and hobbies, Minnie taught Sunday School for many years at St. Pauls, volunteered as Camp Fire leader, and worked for the Pottawatomie County Election Board during elections.
She was preceded in death by her parents; step-father Charles Fierfelder; sister, Mahala Mongold-Rock; and infant brother, Jimmy Ribbeck.
Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 57 ½ years, Gale; two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael E. (Barbara) Horton of Oklahoma City and Rodger L. (Terri) Horton of Plato, Missouri; two daughters and sons-in-law, Tracie (Aaron) Wade of Shawnee and Kristie (Mark) Botkin of Tecumseh; seven grandchildren, Laura (Tyler) Wellman, Dustin J. (Amanda) Wade, Charleen (Chance) Klupenger, Matthew Horton, Michael Botkin, Heather (Aaron) Zaldana, Michael (Amber) Long; 18 great-grandchildren (and one due in December); one great-great-granddaughter; sister, Michaeleen Johnson of Georgetown, Texas; brother, Edward E. Ribbeck of Moses Lake, Washington; and many loving family and friends.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8. Family gathering will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday to greet friends and family at Cooper Funeral Home.
Service will be 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Shawnee with Tiffany Nagel Monroe officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Shawnee under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.
To share memories, or to sign the guestbook online, go to www.cooperfuneral.com.