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Ruby Crandall - May 30, 2012


Ruby Frances Crandall was born the second child of three children to Ima Leila (Ruby) Wycoff and Ray Sheppard Wycoff, M.D. on Jan. 29, 1920, at Wapello, Iowa. She departed this life Wednesday evening, May 30, 2012, at Mount Carmel Home Keens Memorial at Kearney. Her age was 92 years, four months and one day.
At the age of one and a half years, Ruby moved to Hunacao, Puerto Rico with her parents who were medical missionaries. They returned to the United States when she was four years old making their home in Lexington where her father set up his medical practice.
Her parents returned to the states to care for her three cousins, who were her mother Ima’s brother’s children, whose parents had passed away. She attended schools in Lexington where she graduated from high school with the Class of 1937. She then attended and graduated from the Nebraska Wesleyan University with a B.A. degree in music.
On Nov. 2, 1940, she was united in marriage to George Rogers Crandall at the Methodist Parsonage in Sidney, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Georgene Kay, Robert Ray, Richard Keith and James Bert. The family made their home at George’s current home west of Wilcox in 1941.
After raising her children, Ruby attended Kearney State Teachers College where she received her teaching certificate. She taught the fifth grade for 20 years at the Wilcox Public Schools. She also gave piano lessons for many years.
She enjoyed playing the piano and the organ at the Wilcox Methodist Church for over 50 years. She also played the organ for a great number of funerals. When Ruby’s health began to fail, she moved to Northridge Assisted Living in Kearney in September 2009. She had been a resident of the Mount Carmel Home Keens Memorial since April 2011. On Nov. 2, 2011, George and Ruby celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary.
She was a member of the Wilcox United Methodist Church and the Nebraska State Education Association.
She leaves to mourn her passing her loving and devoted husband, George, of their home west of Wilcox; daughter, Georgene Smidt and husband, Dale, of Wood River; sons, Bob Crandall of rural Overton, Dick Crandall and wife, Lani, of Alpine, Calif., and Jim Crandall and wife, Leslie, of rural Holdrege; seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, other relatives, and many friends.
She is preceded in death by her father, mother, brothers, Raymond Wycoff in childhood and Keith Wycoff; and a granddaughter, Lori Smidt Webster.
Funeral services were June 3 at the United Methodist Church in Wilcox with the Rev. Virginia Fleharty officiating.
Interment is in the Wilcox Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be directed to the Wilcox United Methodist Church or to the Wilcox Community Foundation.
Banta-Torrey Funeral Home in Wilcox was in charge of arrangements.