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Ruby Wolber's battle with Alzheimer's ended December 4, 2012, after fifteen years.
Ruby was born on a farm near Whitener, Arkansas, on August 24, 1924. After working her way through high school, she graduated in 1942, and immediately went to work at Douglas Aviation in Tulsa, building planes for the war effort.
She later moved to Ojai, California, to help a cousin who was raising two small boys, as well as working at the telephone company as an operator.
Following the war, she moved to Peoria, Illinois, where she continued as a telephone operator. She eventually brought her three siblings to Peoria to help them get a start.
She met and married Ward Wolber whose best friend was dating her sister. Ward and Ruby were married for nearly 52 years.
Ruby worked at Bradley University in the Dean's office for the Graduate School and later the College of Business. She retired from Bradley while working in the Registrar's office in 1989.
In retirement, she continued to be active at First Baptist and, with Ward, drove thousands of miles for the Red Cross delivering blood and transplant organs in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Indiana up until the onset of her Alzheimer's.
Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Roy Bragg (his wife Pat survives) of DeKalb, Il, and her sister Hazel Sager of Tucson, AZ. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Jo Sexton of Murfreesboro, TN; a sister-in-law, Pat Bragg of DeKalb, IL; her son John (Ann) of Kissimmee, FL; her daughter, Linda Funderburk (Tim) of Germantown, MD; three grandchildren; a great- grandchild due any day; and nieces and nephews.
John and Linda would like to thank the staffs at River Pointe Assisted Living and the Good Samaritan Home that have cared for Ruby over the last ten years. Some of those caring people have been with Ruby at both facilities.
A memorial service will be held later in Peoria, IL.
Browning Funeral Home is handling the local arrangements.
Donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Peoria, the Good Samaritan Home in Evansville, or the
Browning Funeral Home
738 E. Diamond Ave.
Evansville, IN 47711
Published in Courier Press on Dec. 6, 2012