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Ruby Beatrice Messersmith Obituary
MESSERSMITH, Ruby Beatrice

Ruby Beatrice Messersmith passed away at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier, CA, surrounded by her family members on March 28, 2014 at the age of 95.

Ruby was born in Frederick, OK on
August 18, 1918. She was one of five children born to Dave and Mary Kidwell. She attended college at Texas Tech. It was there that she met her future husband, Frank Edward Messersmith, Jr. Their college educations were interrupted by World War II when Frank enlisted in the Army Air Force. They were married on September 26, 1942 before Frank was shipped overseas.

Ruby was a devoted Christian, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a friend to all. She was a full-time homemaker and loved cooking, gardening, floral arranging, quilting, reading the Bible, and rooting for the Dodgers. She was a member of the Whittier Church of Christ for over 60 years. Ruby will be remembered for her love of life, positive attitude, always doing for others, and her delicious homemade cinnamon rolls.

She is preceded in death by her husband in 1981; her brothers, Walter Kidwell and C.W. Kidwell; and her sisters, Violet Kingham and Evelyn Drennan.

Ruby is survived by her two children, Mark Edward (Linda) Messersmith of Redlands, CA and Kent Edward Messersmith of Huntington Beach, CA; daughter-in-law Laura Messersmith of La Mirada, CA; five grandchildren, Christopher Edward (Amber) Messersmith of Fort Collins, CO, Kimberly Anne (Scott) Bevan of Portland, OR, Eric Edward Messersmith of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Alex Edward Messersmith of La Mirada, CA and Nancy Rae Brandon of Las Vegas, NV; by five great-grandchildren, Addilyn Jae Messersmith and Graden Edward Messersmith of Fort Collins, CO, Annabelle Grace Bevan and Franklin Christopher Bevan of Portland, OR, and Zachary Thomas Brandon of Las Vegas, NV; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ruby was laid to rest on April 7, 2014 at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, CA. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Published in Whittier Daily News on Apr. 22, 2014
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