Services to honor the life of Ruby Leona Mason will be 10 a.m., Saturday, September 23, 2017, in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service. She will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday evening at Rice Funeral Service.
Ruby passed away on Sept. 16, 2017, at her home in Claremore. She was 97.
Born in Iuka, Ill., just outside of Salem on Dec. 23, 1919, to Joseph Sarius Smith and Laura Hite Smith. Ruby was the second born of four children, the only girl. She was reared and educated in Salem. When the children were still young her father passed away and her mother went to work to support the family. Ruby left school and became the cook and homemaker for her siblings.
In August of 1940, she married Edward Lee Mason, a pipeliner, and began to travel with him all over the United States. She described this time of travel and seeing new places, as "the best time of her life." Of this union four children were born: Carolyne, Glen, Kenneth and Ronda.
In the fall of 1960, Ruby and Edward settled in Claremore, and just a few years later Ruby began a new career working as a Nurse's Aide at Aunt Carrie's Nursing Home, which later became Wood Manor.
Upon her retirement in 1980, Ruby enjoyed reading and listening to country music: artists like, Charley Pride and Marty Robbins. She also enjoyed going to garage sales, traveling, seeing new places and doing embroidery work. She was a very good cook, known especially for making the best pot roast.
This loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and eleven-year breast cancer survivor will be deeply missed by all whose lives she touched. She is survived by her children: Carolyne, Glen, Kenneth, and Ronda; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 36 years, Edward Lee Mason, and her three brothers: Charles, Edgar, and Paul Smith.
Published on September 21, 2017