PEORIA HEIGHTS - Ruby J. Peterson, 73, of Peoria Heights died at 9:12 a.m. Sunday, May 6, 2012, at Morton Terrace Care Center in Morton.
She was born Nov. 12, 1938, in Pine, Mo., to Omer and Thelma (Watson) Peterson.
Surviving are one daughter, Audrey (Ross) Miller of Peoria; one son, Larry Peterson of Seguin, Texas; four grandsons, Alfred, David, Bob and Quinn; two granddaughters, Rebecca and Sohmer; one great-granddaughter, Marley; one brother, Bob Peterson of Kennett, Mo.; and three sisters, Mildred Gilpin of Evansville, Ind., Marie (Sonny) Provance of Malden, Mo., and Eva Campbell of Annada, Mo.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents.
Ruby is a Marine veteran, having served from July 10, 1958, to May 22, 1959. She is also a National Guard veteran.
She attended Southwest Texas State University. She later then graduated from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.
She had a passion for reading and playing board and card games, which allowed her competitive side to come out. Ruby had a love for being outdoors, which included fishing, gardening and watching the wildlife.
Cremation will be accorded. Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.knappjohnson.com.