Ruth Eddleman Loeffler of Norman, Oklahoma passed away September 20, 2021.
She was born in Oklahoma City on January 13, 1937, to Morgan W. Eddleman and Gladys Guillot Eddleman. She graduated from Norman High School in 1954. She completed her B.A. in 1958, M.A. in 1962, and Ph.D in 1982, all from the University of Oklahoma, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
Dr. Loeffler spent the majority of her career teaching at Norman High School. She educated thousands of students during her lifetime in subjects including English Literature, Western Civilization, Reading, and Creative Writing. She contributed to the Arts in Education Program, Readers and Writers Program, Norman Arts and Humanities Council, and was Coordinator of the Gifted Program at Norman High School. She was Norman Public Schools Teacher of the Year in 1999 and received the Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Secondary Teaching in 2003.
She was a life-long learner and continued to read widely and attend writing workshops in her retirement. She loved swimming and bird watching. She maintained life-long friendships with high school classmates, and was devoted to her children, siblings and extended family.
She was preceded in death by brothers, M.W. Eddleman Jr. and Robert C. Eddleman; sisters, Ernestine Eddleman Ruggiers and Marianne Eddleman Biddick. She is survived by her son, Robert Kevin Loeffler of Norman; daughter, Kristin Loeffler; son-in-law, Joseph Bates; and grandchildren, Alexandra and Isaac, all of Boston, MA; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Norman Public School Foundation or St. Thomas More University Parish.
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