Funeral services were held on December 30th at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Rev. Missy Brown officiated, and burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery at Cherokee.
Ruby was born on June 10, 1922 in Guthrie County, Iowa to John and Laura (Maxwell) Summers. She graduated from Wilson High School in 1940. She was married to Shelby Kneen on June 5, 1943 at Lincoln, Nebraska. She had lived in Cherokee most of her life, and was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. Besides caring for her family and her home, Ruby had worked as a telephone operator, helped manage a family restaurant and farmed with her husband. She loved gardening, fishing, walking and spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Shelby, on December 29, 1999; a son, Michael Kneen; four brothers - Harold, Clyde, Ellsworth and Maxwell Summers; and three sisters - Leta Swezey, Grace Sjoblom and Jacqueline Moore.
She is survived by one son and one daughter: Terry Kneen and his wife Dulcie of Springfield, Oregon; and Nancy Kneen of Kearney, Nebraska; 3 grandchildren: Austin and Molly Kneen and Kaelin Kneen, a brother-in-law, Bernard Moore of Council Bluffs, Iowa; 2 sisters-in-law: Olive Summers of North Platte, Nebraska and Eleanor Kneen of North Carolina; and many nieces and nephews.