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Ruth Frazier McMillan

December 26, 2013

Ruth Frazier McMillan passed from this life Wednesday, October 9, 2013. She wanted no services of any kind. Ruth McMillan had a big lovely infectious smile. She liked people and people liked her. I don’t think she ever met a stranger. She grew up during the big depression and had many memories of how her mother, Hazel Kerr Frazier Cockran, had to work so hard and long to take care of Ruth and Ruth’s brother; Bill Frazier. Her mother was her guiding light all of her life. Ruth loved to travel by RV and did for 250,000 miles. She found a cause in her 60’s and that was to help Choctaw children to understand their heritage. She did this by working to get recognition for the Choctaw Code Talkers of World War 1, of which her Father, Tobias Frazier, was one. She talked about it whenever she had the opportunity. Ruth helped establish memorials at the Texas Military Museum and the WW1 Museum in Kansas City, as well as; going to Washington D.C. with the Choctaw Tribal Leadership and petitioned to congress to recognize these Native American Warriors and this has come to pass, with medals to be given in November 2013. She had a dream of naming a section of Oklahoma Highway, that many of the Code Talker group rode or walked on during their lifetime. This dream was realized on Friday, September 6, 2013 when 55 miles of Highway 3 between Antlers and Broken Bow were renamed the World War One Choctaw Code Talkers Highway. Even though Ruth was very sick with Liver Cancer she was able to attend the ceremony and smiled throughout it. She was able to stay with her Aunt Betty Kerr and see most of her relatives and friends. Wherever you are honey, blue skies and sunny weather.

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