Ruby D. Christensen
Aug. 13, 1909 - Jan. 15, 2006
Funeral services for Ruby D. Christensen, 96, Cherokee, formerly of Aurelia, will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia with Pastor Harold Werley officiating. Burial will be in the Elk Township Cemetery, rural Alta. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia.
Ruby died Sunday, Jan. 15 at the Cherokee Villa Nursing and Rehab Center in Cherokee.
Ruby Delphine Kruse was born on a farm near Alta on Aug. 13, 1909, to Gust and Emma (Betcher) Kruse. As a child, she and her brother Raymond moved with their parents to Aurelia where she attended school and graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1927.
In 1934 she married Bernard Johnson and they made their home in Aurelia. Bernard passed away in 1959. Ruby married Rasmus Christensen on June 12, 1975, in Aurelia. Rass passed away on Jan. 31, 1989, and Ruby continued to live in her home until she moved to the Cherokee Villa.
Ruby was employed for many years as a checker at the Kruse Grocery Store owned by her brother Raymond in Aurelia. She later worked as a waitress at the Johnson Café in Aurelia as well as the D&R Lunch and Speelmon's Steak House in Cherokee. She also was a waitress for the Arrow Café in Cherokee. Ruby enjoyed being a homemaker too, and spent much of her time taking care of her father and her uncle Fabian for several years. She will be remembered as someone who was always willing to help others.
Ruby was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia and was involved with the Women's Society of Christian Service. She was also a faithful member of the Pythian Sisters for many years. Her hobbies included baking, knitting, crocheting, and gardening.
Preceding Ruby in death were her parents, husband Bernard, husband Rasmus, and brother Raymond Kruse.
Survivors include one niece, Janice and her husband Ron Cuthrell of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three nephews, Tom and his wife Judy Kruse of Cherokee, Don and his wife Jean Kruse of Longville, Minn., and Roger Kruse of Houston, Texas. Also surviving are two great-nieces, Lori and her husband Bill Young of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Stacy Kruse of Omaha, Neb.; two great-nephews, Scott and his wife Judy Kruse of Hoffman Estates, Ill., and Tim Cuthrell and special friend Annie of Crosby, Minn..