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Funeral services for Ruby Lee Nelson (Cooke), age 85, of Webster Groves, MO will be Friday, May 31, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Crawford Osthus Chapel in Watertown, South Dakota. Reverend Keith Peterson will officiate. Ruby passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 after a long illness.
Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Watertown, SD alongside her husband of 53 years, Frank, who preceded her in death in 2006.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ruby’s Grandchildren: Matthew Taylor, John Shelton, Jessica Seiverling, Tamra Kelly, Brent Baker and Heather Kiesow.
Active pallbearers will be: Tom Shelton, Bob Baker, Mark Nester, Todd Howard, and Ricky Nelson.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Visitation will be Friday, May 31 at Crawford Chapel beginning at 12:30 pm with services at the chapel and burial immediately following.
Ruby was born January 8, 1934 in Spartanburg, South Carolina to John Houston and Elizabeth Stanley Cooke. She was one of ten children, who all preceded her in death.
Ruby and Frank married April 4, 1953 in South Carolina. They moved to South Dakota after Frank’s discharge from the Air Force, where they remained until Frank’s job transfer to Guymon, Oklahoma in 1967. In 2000, Ruby and Frank retired to Watertown, SD.
During Ruby’s many years in Guymon she fulfilled one of her greatest passions as a provider of day care to countless children. She truly loved and delighted in children and cared for each of them as her own. Every day of her life she taught us lessons of love, caring and compassion.
Ruby is survived by three daughters, Debra (Tom) Shelton of Webster Groves, MO; Denise (Bob) Baker of Huffman, TX; Deanna (Mark) Nester of Stillwater, OK; five Sisters-in-law, Edna Mae Schooley, Marjorie Nelson, Elaine Nelson, Sylvia Zamow and Winnie Cooke; six Grandchildren, Matthew (Chandalyn) Taylor, John Shelton, Jessica (Nick) Seiverling, Tamra (Brian) Kelly, Brent Baker, Heather (Brian) Kiesow; four Great Grandchildren, Luc Shelton, Brooke Seiverling, Wyatt Taylor, Everett Kelly and numerous nephews, nieces and friends.
She will be missed by all.
Arrangements by Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel. www.crawfordosthus.com