Ruby (West) Rivers

Ruby (West) Rivers



Ruby L. (West) Rivers, 90, of Oelwein and formerly of Arlington, died Tuesday morning, March 11, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at St. John Lutheran Church in Arlington with the Rev. Paul Fohs officiating.

Interment was in Taylorsville Cemetery in rural Arlington.

A Memorial Fund has been established in her name.

Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Oelwein assisted the family with the arrangements.

Ruby Leona Larson was born July 24, 1923, in Highland Township, Clayton County, the daughter of Adolph Henry and Anne Mary (Johnson) Larson. She graduated from Elkader High School. 

On July 7, 1941, Ruby was united in marriage to Robert Ernest West. In 1981, Robert died and Ruby later moved to Oelwein. On March 21, 2007, she was united in marriage to Dean Alfred Rivers. 

Ruby was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Arlington and Ladies Card Club. She enjoyed dancing, playing cards, music, flowers, volunteering at Grandview Nursing Home and Arlington Place Assisted Living and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Robert West on Sept. 11, 1981, and Dean Rivers on May 13, 2011; son-in-law, Richard Smith; sister, Norma Harrington; sister-in-law, Elva Mae Larson; and two brothers-in-law, Herbert Berns and Bill Christiansen.

Ruby is survived by her five children, Mardelle (Leon) Streicher of Lamont, Roger (Mario) West of Unionville, Mo., Diane Smith of Lamont, Sheryl (Randy) Sherman of Maynard, and Larry (Annette) West of West Union; 13 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; six stepchildren, Ronald Rivers of Nashua, Edna Rivers of Winthrop, Gerald (Sue) Rivers of Keil, Wis., Roger Hagarty of Seattle, Wash., Kenneth Rivers of What Cheer, and Teresa Rivers of Waverly; 15 step-grandchildren, 19 step—great-grandchildren; three brothers, Mervin Larson of Postville, Donald (Rita) Larson of Elkader, and Carroll Larson of Elkader; two sisters, Velma Berns of Elkader, and Mildred Christiansen of Edgewood; and many nieces and nephews.

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