Ruby Cavanaugh Koerper
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Koerper Ruby Cavanaugh Koerper. Born July 22, 1922, in Macks Creek, Missouri, Ruby Irene Williams crossed two states in a covered wagon when she was eleven years old. It was the depression and her family was dirt poor. When she was 70 Ruby Williams Cavanaugh Koerper went around the world the first time. She would fulfill her dream of travelling, going around the world twice more with Semester-at-Sea and visiting all seven continents. As a child she once needed to borrow shoes from another little girl to go up on stage to recite a poem. Out of high school and working as a bookkeeper for Ohio Power, in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, she became quite the stylish dresser. And when she went up on stage as a Semester-at-Sea commencement speaker on one of her round-the-world voyages, she was sharing that stage with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Saturday's child must work for a living and she did: bookkeeper, babysitter, head cook at the high school cafeteria, and secretary at Seneca County (Ohio) Soil Conservation Service. For 10 years she was the owner, manager, chief cook and bottle washer of Palo Alto Vacation Farm, Tiffin, Ohio, a business that allowed her to be at home with her three children. At age 62 she graduated from Tiffin University which led to a 25-year career as a realtor with Coldwell Banker Hohman Wingart Realtors. Ruby's mother was a writer and she learned that tradition/discipline/love from her. She kept a journal, wrote a memoir, 10 children's books and hundreds of articles. Her letter home describing her trip down the Amazon and swinging from a vine was a true treasure for those lucky enough to be on her mailing list. She believed in hard work, women's rights, and in a loving God who isn't too picky about how He is worshipped. Her God was big enough for all the children of the world. Until early December her mind was sharp. When she died January 10, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio, two husbands, Stanley Ward (Bud) Cavanaugh and Eugene Koerper, and grandson Gregory Ward Cavanaugh had predeceased her. She is survived by sons, Stephen (Sharon) Cavanaugh of Noblesville, Indiana, Scott William (Linda) Cavanaugh of Mansfield, Missouri; daughter, Sue Cavanaugh of Columbus, Ohio; two granddaughters, seven great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She didn't care for the songs that were written about "Ruby", but was quite pleased that it's making a comeback as a name for baby girls. A celebration of Ruby's life will be held at Westminster-Thurber Retirement Community, 717 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43215 on January 25 at 10 a.m. Memorial gifts may be made to Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services, 1001 Kingsmill Parkway, Columbus, OH 43229 or Semester at Sea Voyager Fund, P.O. Box 400885, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4885. Arrangements completed by WEIR-AREND FUNERAL H0ME. Please visit to sign the official online condolence book.

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Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Jan. 14 to Jan. 16, 2014.
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January 15, 2014
Ruby was an inspiration to all who met her. I remember meeting her the first time at her Barnes and Noble book signing. My Mom and I read the book and realized she had been through a great deal in her life. We were so glad she had taken the time to write the book so that her life would touch many, even beyond her passing.
Linda Fowler
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