Obituary: Ruby Wooden
November 23, 1919 – August 25, 2020
Ruby Ila Wooden passed away on August 25, 2020 in Denton, Texas. She was 100 years old. Ruby was born on November 23, 1919 on the Bingham farm near Bogard, Missouri. She was the eldest daughter of Ray and Ruth (Bingham) Key.
Ruby grew up in Missouri working on the Key farm with her two brothers Ira and Earl and her sisters, Grace, Winona, Opal, Delores, and Rosie. She said it was a lot of work carrying water for the chickens. She enjoyed lots of good food that they grew on the farm and was involved in 4-H growing up.
Ruby met her future husband, Gerald Lyle Wooden at a country dance and she knew he was the “one”. She said he was the handsomest man in Carroll County. They were married on March 25, 1938 in Trenton, Missouri. Their first son David was born on a farm in Carroll County, Missouri. They later moved to Silver Plume, Colorado. Their other three sons James Richard (Dick), Jack, and Ivan (Pat) were born in Colorado. Ruby and Gerald (Jim) would later move to Maybell, Colorado where they bought the Victory Hotel. They worked long days running the gas station and cafe in Maybell. Ruby had a huge garden and lots of strawberries. She made the best fried chicken and chili. She loved working in her garden and taking care of her flowers. Her favorite color was purple and she loved molasses cookies and chocolate-covered cherries.
Ruby is loved and missed by her many grandkids and great-grandkids. She was known as Grandma Bingo because of her love of playing bingo. Many of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were fortunate enough to celebrate her 100th birthday with her in November 2019. Ruby enjoyed watching sports as well, she liked the Colorado Rockies, Denver Nuggets and Denver Broncos.
Ruby is survived by her sisters Winona Johnson, Opal (Ray) Sensenig, Delores Scott, Charney Hogan, and Rosie Tackett, her sons David (Oneta) Wooden, Dick Wooden, Jack (Warapan) Wooden, Ivan (Wendy) Wooden, her grandchildren Sean (Karen) Wooden, Pam (Brant) Bond, Wendy (Greg) Pacheco, Troy (Heather) Wooden, Hank (Misti) Wooden, George (Tori) Wooden, Gerry (Angela) Wooden, Jackie (Dell) Brown, Jesse (Tom) Cramer, Taylor (Beth) Wooden, David Wooden, numerous nieces and nephews, many great-grandchildren, and everybody else that was fortunate enough to meet this wonderful lady.
She was preceded in death by her husband Gerald Wooden, her parents Ray and Ruth Key, her brothers Ira Key and Earl Key, sister Grace Kerby, infant daughter Freda Grace Wooden, and daughter-in-law Pon Wooden.
When asked what advice Ruby would pass on to her children and grandchildren she said, “Live every day to the fullest as if each day is your last on Earth. Love your family and remember the ones who love you.”
There will be a viewing Monday, August 31, 2020 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Grant Mortuary. Services will be held at the Maybell Park at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.
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