Ruby Wilkinson, 93

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Ruby L. Wilkinson, 93, of Henderson, died Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Care Center after a brief illness.  

Ruby Leona Wilkinson was born to Carlos and Alice (Page) Pierson April 1, 1919, near Griswold. She graduated from Oakland High School in 1936.

Ruby taught country school until her marriage to Judson Wilkinson July 19, 1940, in Glenwood. They lived many years in the Emerson area, until moving to Henderson in 1965.  

Ruby attended the Henderson United Methodist Church and was the treasurer of the UMW. She was also a member of the Golden Girls Club and volunteered at Nishna Valley Schools for many years.  

Ruby enjoyed hand work including quilting, sewing, embroidery and crocheting. She enjoyed reading, working crossword puzzles, bowling and watching professional golf. Ruby’s family was the most important thing to her and she insisted on always hosting the annual Christmas gathering at her home.

A milestone in Ruby’s life was when she learned to drive after her husband, Judson, passed away in 1983.

She is also preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Floyd, Gerald, Lyle and Don Pierson, Dorothy Welton, Ruth Nelson and Pearl Shukis.  

Survivors include her children Roger (Kay) Wilkinson, of Covina, Calif., Robert (Maxine) Wilkinson, of Emerson, Ronald (Linda) Wilkinson, of Red Oak,  Randy (Tanya) Wilkinson, of Aurelia, and Ronda (Brian) Kohrs, of Kansas City, Mo.; grandchildren, Todd (Kirsten) Wilkinson, of Portland, Ore., Jennifer (Bill) Alexander, of Monterey, Calif., Toni Wilkinson, of Covina, Penny (Peter) Dennis, of Omaha, Tracy (Charles) Luke, of Ida Grove, Timothy (Ronda) Wilkinson, of Red Oak, Tebra Reynolds and fiancé, Kurt Haupert, of Griswold, Jacob Hallcock, of Red Oak, April (Larry) McAlpine, of Treynor, Jill (Andrew) Speicher, of Overland Park, Kan., Ryan Wilkinson, of Enid, Okla., Lisa (Steve) Hollan, of Kalona,  Jacob Kohrs, of Kansas City,  and Jessica Kohrs, of Denver, Colo.; great-grandchildren, Ella and Emery Wilkinson, Katelyn, Bailey, Lauren and Jake Dennis, Cory and Corbyn Luke, Blake, Shania, Beau and Sean Wilkinson, Keyla Reynolds, Hadley and Truett Speicher, Lauren and Quinn Hollan, Jovie Kohrs, Faith (Joel) Peterson, Riley McAlpine and Samuel McAlpine; great-great-granddaughter, Mae Peterson; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services took place Monday, Aug. 6, at the Henderson United Methodist Church. Burial was in the Farm Creek Cemetery in Henderson. Visitation with the family was Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel.  

Memorials are suggested to the Henderson Library at the Henderson Community Center. Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel in Red Oak is in charge of arrangements.