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Betty Ruby

Betty Jo (French) Ruby, daughter of Howard E. and Amy L. Havely French, was born on January 26, 1922 in Monroe Township, Ringgold County. Betty passed away on April 20, 2016 at Mount Ayr Health Care Center at the age of 94.

Betty graduated from high school in 1940 and became fast friends with her future husband, Doyle "Bob" Ruby. Betty looked for a school to teach after graduation but went to work for a restaurant in Kellerton, Iowa until the fall of 1940. The friend who had introduced Bob and Betty was leaving her current job, so Betty got the privilege of taking over her job at the telephone office. That was fine with Betty because then she could marry her friend. Bob and Betty were married on January 17, 1941. Bob and Betty lived with Bob's folks for a short time and then moved to a farm south of Beaconsfield, Iowa. They were there for one year and then moved to a farm south of Kellerton, Iowa near Lamoni. Eventually, they made their home in Diagonal, Iowa. To this union was born one son, James Doyle Ruby, on September 30, 1942.

Betty, along with being a farm wife and mother, helped Bob in the trucking business. She drove trucks along with Bob delivering soy beans, corn, popcorn and cattle to Des Moines Iowa, Omaha Nebraska and St. Joseph Missouri. She then decided to leave this work up to Bob and went to work at the Greater Community Hospital in Creston, Iowa in the housekeeping department. She worked there, completing one month short of 23 years. Betty also loved genealogy. Betty wrote many histories about families all over the world. If you needed to know anything about family history, just ask Betty. She knew your family better than you knew your family. Betty really enjoyed learning about EVERYONE'S family. Betty also had the job of being Grandma and watching her grandsons, along with her great grandchildren. Betty was "Grandma" to many children and was called Grandma Ruby by the staff at Mount Ayr Health Care Center. Betty was a devoted and loving person and did not know a stranger. She loved carrying on conversations, talking for hours upon hours to anyone.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her parents-in-law; her husband, Bob, in 1995; her son, Jim, in 2015; and her great great granddaughter Blakelea Rae Rush in 2015; her sister, Anna Margaret and husband Richard; her sister-in-law, Retha French; her sister-in-law Reva Ruby Wilson and husband Melvin Wilson; and her dear friend, Verba Beck and husband Bob;

Betty is survived by her grandsons, Doug Ruby and wife Melanie and Ron Ruby and wife Terri; great grandchildren, Ashley (Jason) Rush, Kendra Ruby, Layne Ruby, Toby Ruby, Jesse Ruby and Jentri Ruby; great great grandchildren, Cole Ruby, Hadley Rush and baby Rush due in September; brother, William H. French and many nieces, nephews and special friends.

A memorial fund has been established in her name to be decided later.

  • Open Viewing

    April 21, 2016
    2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    April 21, 2016
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    April 22, 2016
    11:00 AM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Friday April 22 2016

    Knowlton Cemetery

    Diagonal, IA


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To Betty''s Family. I met Betty 10 years ago . I was into Genealogy and looked at a web site for someone to do look up. Betty''s name came up and I contacted her. She was amazing. Sent me so much information , and gave me the names of families in the area. the area. I contacted them . Went out to Iowa and meet Betty and spent the day with her. Then contacted my relatives. What a wonderful family I found in the Groves and Andrews. We go out every year and see them. When we were in Iowa last year, I found out Betty was in the nursing home. I went to see her and took photo''s of us together. Betty loved Genealogy and sent me over a 100 pages of Family info. She even opened up the museum in Diagonal for me twice to see and get info. God bless a special person like her. Sharon Elliott

Posted by Sharon Elliott - Belvidere, IL - Friend   May 02, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

This hit me extremely hard, hearing that Gramma Ruby passed so soon after mom and Deloris did. Crazy. I bet Pappy picked her up on an old John Deere Putt Putt or somethin close. Tell mom we are doing good and that we love and miss her. Tell Pappy that dad and I say hi. R.I.P..

Posted by Bobby Fletcher - Diagonal, IA   April 21, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry to learn of Betty''s passing. Through her genealogy she has touched the lives of many people. Our sincere sympathy

Posted by Ronald and Betty Conley - Mount Ayr, IA - Friend   April 21, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

The French family is very sorry for your loss. We will miss her. She was a wonderful woman. Our thoughts are with you and our family.

Posted by LaShay French - Waukee, IA - Family   April 20, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM