Nancy Ruth Rubin
1962 - 2020
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Rubin, Nancy Ruth

died of a cardiac arrest on Saturday, June 27th, 2020 at St. John's Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. Nancy was deeply loved by everyone who knew her. She spent the last several months of her life in quarantine together with her husband Alex and her sons Nick and Andrew.

On January 21st, 1962, Nancy was born in St. Louis to David Hugh Macdonald and Alberta Rose Schumacher. She is survived by her stepmother, Lauretta Macdonald, along with her siblings Susan Macdonald Bray, Sara Cunningham, Stuart Macdonald, and stepsister Julia Conway. The Macdonald family lived first in Kirkwood, where she attended elementary school, and later moved to a farm in Washington, Missouri, where Nancy attended Washington High School. There she played the flute in the concert band, ran track, and graduated a valedictorian in 1980.

In the autumn of 1980, Nancy attended Stanford University, where she studied Linguistics and received her AB. She was actively involved in Casa Zapata, El Centro Chicano, the Ecumenical Hunger Program, and in supporting various social movements. Studying overseas in both Costa Rica and Vienna, she was also able to travel to the Soviet Union. She spent 1982-1983 at Kansas State University, and is a member of the Stanford class of 1984.

Following her graduation, she began her career as an Administrative Assistant at Washington University in St. Louis. This is where she met Alex, her husband of 31 years, who was attending graduate school. She worked first in the Department of Economics, then at the McKelvey School of Engineering, and finally at the Department of Art History and Archeology, where she worked until her retirement in 2018.

Nancy was an active member of the Eliot Unitarian Chapel community, where her father had also been a member. She was elected to the Board of Directors, and was involved in the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly meeting and events right until the end of her life.

In her retirement, she was able to spend more time doing the things she loved, including traveling, reading, sewing, gardening, and spending time with her family and cat Cassie.

Services: According to her wishes, Nancy was able to donate her organs. There will be a private ceremony held by the family, as well as a full memorial service at Eliot Unitarian Chapel in Kirkwood, in the future when it is possible to safely assemble.

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Published in Post - Dispatch on Jul. 6, 2020.
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July 15, 2020
My deepest condolences to Nancys family and all who love her. She was always quick with a smile, a thoughtful word, and a hug. Her leadership, wisdom and big heart was generously shared with the Eliot community I will miss her and will keep her family in my heart as you grieve.
Claire Wyneken
July 15, 2020
I'm sad to hear of this abrupt end to Nancy's life. I could always count on a big smile and a hug, even if just passing next to her. Her warm gentle ways and her cheery disposition always made me glad to spend time with her. I am grateful for the experiences we shared at Eliot. Chapel.
Nancy Spargo
July 11, 2020
I am sad from the loss of Nancy. She was a very beautiful person: loving, positive, truthful, humble, gentle and kind. I was blessed to be in an Eliot covenant group with her for years and will truly miss her. Many prayers and much love to Nancy's family and friends.
Lynn Goode
July 6, 2020
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Lindsay Sheedy
July 6, 2020
The Thompson family wishes to send their deepest sympathies to the Rubin family. Alex I am so sorry for your loss, but want you to know that once a friend always a friend.
John Thompson
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