Ruby Ballinger, the daughter of Albert Lee and Verna (Blacksher) Epley, was born May 7, 1920, in Dora, Missouri. She attended Dobbs country school in rural Dora.
On February 8, 1934, Ruby was united in marriage to Enos Ballinger in Marion, Arkansas. They made their home in Burlington Junction, Missouri. In 1947 they moved to Westboro, Missouri, and were the parents of five children: Berniece, Bob, Marvin, Bill, and Kay. Enos passed away in 1972.
Ruby was a stay-at-home mom and worked on the farm with Enos. She was a hard worker and was an incredible mom and grandma. She loved Jesus and sharing her faith as well as family get-togethers. Ruby was a seamstress and made the best fried chicken and pies for her family and church dinners. She enjoyed traveling with friends and family. Her grandchildren always loved when she yodeled for them. Ruby passed away September 3, 2020, at Community Hospital-Fairfax, Fairfax, Missouri, at the age of 100.
This is about our dear Mother, referred to by many as Grandma Ruby. She had a loving spirit and wanted to do what Jesus had taught her. In later years, there were times names would get mixed up, but when she prayed she spoke every name.
If you were with Mother around her bedtime, you would hear her say, “Dear Jesus, be with my family.” Then she would speak every name and pray for them. Mother would name off each and every child. It didn’t matter if you were her blood child, an in-law, or a child from a previous union, we were all her children or grandchildren. It was her special gift to each of us, to have her pray, and she prayed for over 150 of her children and grandchildren daily. This has blessed each of us.
Besides her parents and husband, Ruby was preceded in death by great-grandson, Lukas Huber, and siblings, Noel, Nora, Raymond, Noah, Ann, and Joe. Survivors include her children, Berniece Fletcher, Clinton, Missouri, Bob (Ann) Ballinger, Toledo, Iowa, Marvin Ballinger, Westboro, Bill (Angala) Ballinger, Westboro, and Kay (David) Gebhards, Rock Port; many, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and her sister, Leona Collins, Tucson, Arizona.
Graveside service and interment will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2020, at Center Grove Cemetery, Westboro. Open visitation begins at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 9, at Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio, Missouri. There is no family visitation. Memorials may be directed to Community Hospital-Fairfax, Fairfax.
Online obituaries and condolences at www.minterfuneralchapels.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio.