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Ruby Jean ELLENS

Ruby Jean ELLENS

Female 1922 - 2013  (91 years)

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  • Name Ruby Jean ELLENS 
    Born 16 Feb 1922  Harrisburg, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 29 Nov 2013  Brandon, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Hills of Rest Memorial Park, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Obituary, Argus Leader Newspaper, Sioux Falls, South Dakota:
      “RUBY LEUBECHER

      “Ruby Leubecher, 91, died Friday, November 29, 2013 at Bethany Home, Brandon. A memorial service will be held Friday, December 13, at 3:00 PM at First Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, SD. A family committal will be held prior to the service.

      “Ruby Jean Ellens was born on February 16, 1922, to John and Minnie (Albers) Ellens near Harrisburg, South Dakota. At the age of 9 the family moved to a farm near Wall Lake, and she graduated from Hartford High School in 1939 as valedictorian of her class. Wanting to continue her education at Eastern State Normal (now DSU) in Madison, SD, she worked candling eggs for tuition money and doing housework for her room and board. She earned her teaching certificate which qualified her to teach in rural schools in South Dakota.

      “She taught schools in Hartford, Valley Springs, and Lincoln County. In 1986 Ruby received the Rural School Teacher Award. While teaching at Springdale School District she met the love of her life, Rex Leubecher, and they shared 66 wonderful years of marriage.

      “Ruby was a devoted farm wife and mother to three daughters. She was a charter member of Echo Extension Club and was active in county and state SD Extension Homemakers. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls and an active member of Springdale Lutheran Church Women. She served as Women's Chairman of Lincoln County Farm Bureau, and was active in Lincoln County Republican politics.

      “An excellent seamstress, Ruby lovingly styled and sewed many prom and bridesmaid dresses and dozens of quilts for the church. She was also accomplished at cake decorating. Countless hours spent in her vegetable and flower gardens gave her much joy. Another form of relaxation was writing poetry and her daughter, Kathy, helped her compile many of her poems into a book.

      “Rex and Ruby moved to Stoneybrook Assisted Living in 2010 and to Bethany Home in 2012. She suffered from Parkinson's Disease for many years, never complaining and always thankful for those who helped care for her.

      “Survivors include her three daughters and their spouses: Diane and Larry Ness of Yankton, Kathy and Ray Metzger of Brandon, and Nancy and Loren Noess of Mitchell. Grandchildren include: Michael, Aaron, and Rob Ness, Kristi, Matt, Rex, and Tyson Metzger, and Steve, Dexter, David, and Paul Noess, 12 great grandchildren, and her sister Fern Skrabuha. She was preceded in death by her husband Rex in March 2013, her parents John and Minnie Ellens, and four brothers, Kermit, Leonard, and Bill Ellens and Ray Albers.

      “Ruby's motto and advice to her family was always “lf you're handed a lemon, make lemonade.” She truly exemplified that during the last years of her life.”
    Person ID I966  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 14 Jun 2016 

    Father John ELLENS 
    Mother Minnie ALBERS 
    Family ID F3529  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rex Warren LEUBECHER 
    Children 
    +1. Diane Jean LEUBECHER
    +2. Kathy Aileen LEUBECHER,   b. 6 Dec, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Nancy Ann LEUBECHER
    Last Modified 25 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F495  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Feb 1922 - Harrisburg, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 Nov 2013 - Brandon, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Hills of Rest Memorial Park, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
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