Ruby McGuire passed away Jan. 16, 2008, in Bozeman. She was born March 24, 1917, on her great-grandfather's homestead near Stevenstown, LaCrosse County, Wis., to Edward J. and Alexa Wilson Schlifer.
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When she was age 4-1/2, her mother died and she was raised by various relatives until coming to Livingston in April 1939 to keep house for her widowed great-uncle Alex Wilson. Some of her fondest memories involved their weekly visits to Yellowstone National Park.
She married G. Kenneth McGuire on April 25, 1942, in Livingston, shortly before his Navy enlistment. While he served with the SeaBees in Iceland, France and Okinawa, Ruby worked at Safeway and the Murray Hotel in Livingston.
After Ken's discharge, they moved to Gardiner and then to Bozeman in January 1951. After some years of being volunteered by her children for their school and club activities, she went to work as an inventory clerk at the MSU Service Shop for 20 years.
She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church and Bozeman Deaconess Hospital Auxiliary (Pink Ladies), volunteering at the gift shop. Ruby also donated many hours of service to the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Bozeman.
She enjoyed activities with the Senior Center, including world travel. Cherished time was spent playing cards with her many friends. Over the years she held many offices with the Pythian Sisters, including Grand Chief.
Ruby McGuire is survived by her son, Dan of Bozeman; daughter, Karen Stroh (Gordon) of Belgrade; sister-in-law, Elaine Schlifer of LaCrosse, Wis.; special nieces, Sonja Adams, Barbara Lash and Lorna Pfaff, all of Wisconsin, and LeAnn Standbridge of Camano Island, Wash.; and nephews, Doug and Gregg Schlifer of LaCrosse.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ken (March 1981); her parents; sisters, Marilyn and Marguerite; brothers, Donald and David; and infant grandson, Kenneth Lee McGuire.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life is planned in the spring of 2008 in Bozeman.
Her children would like to express deep-felt appreciation to Dr. Hathaway and Karen Izbicki, physician's assistant. We are grateful to all who made Mom's remaining time more comfortable and insured that she had a quality of life up until her last moment.
Our Mother is gone ... but memories linger ... all the little things that family and friends will remember. Thanks, Mom!
Memorials may be made to Hope Lutheran Church, 210 S. Grand Ave., Bozeman, or to the Bozeman Senior Center, 807 N. Tracy Ave., Bozeman.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Jan. 20 to Jan. 22, 2008