Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 31, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus with the Rev. Gary McDonough officiating. Interment will be in the Marcus-Amherst Cemetery, Marcus, Iowa.
Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today at the Earnest-Johnson Funeral Home in Marcus. The family will be present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a prayer service scheduled for 7 p.m. The visitation will resume on Thursday at the church, one hour prior to Ruby's service. Thoughts, stories, and expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family on the www.mauerjohnsonfh.com website.
Ruby Elizabeth Anderson was born Sept. 2, 1921, near Washta, the daughter of John F. and Esther A. (Streeter) Anderson. She lived her entire life in Cherokee County.
Ruby graduated with honors, from the Cherokee Public High School in 1939 and furthered her education at the Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls. She taught in the Cherokee County rural schools for six years and one year at Larrabee Consolidated School.
As a young girl, she was active in church youth work, being elected president of the District Presbyterian Youth. Ruby also served as a counselor at the Okoboji Methodist Camp.
On Dec. 23, 1945, Ruby was united in marriage to Dean Berger at the Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church, rural Marcus. Following their marriage, she joined the Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus.
Ruby was very devoted to her faith. She taught Sunday school for 17 years, organized the church prayer chain, served in many administrative offices, was a member of the church building committee, and served every office position of the United Methodist Women.
In 1952, Ruby contracted polio and was hospitalized in Sioux City for several months in St. Joseph's Hospital. This dreadful disease left Ruby with some debilitating problems. With determination and a strong faith in God, she was capable of handling the tasks of a wife, mother, and caring for her home.
During this time, with the help of her mother, Ruby and Dean were accepted as adoptive parents of six month old, Gordon Dean Berger. Five years later, three year old, Diana Lynn, joined the family.
Ruby was instrumental in re-organizing the original Marcus School District with Grand Meadow. She also helped organize and served as president of the Marcus P.T.A., was a long-time member of the P.E.O FM in Marcus, was an Elderly Peer Council Advocate, and frequently made visits to the residents of the Heartland Care Center. She never allowed her handicap to restrict her from accomplishing the tasks she felt important.
Ruby and Dean moved into Marcus in 1983. They enjoyed attending sports events at the M.M.C. High School. Some of Ruby's other interests included attending the OAO (Our Afternoon Off) Club, reading, gardening, and needlework projects.
In May of 2008, Ruby became a permanent resident of the Heartland Care Center in Marcus.
Preceding Ruby in death is her husband, Dean in 2003; her parents, John and Esther Anderson; her sister, Mildred Lewis, and her husband, Gerald; her sister-in-law, Dorothy Anderson; her two brothers-in-law, Loren Polson and W.J.Berger; and her nephew, Michael Lewis.
Those left to cherish Ruby's memory include her adopted children, Gordon and Diana; her foster children, Doris, Barry and Jerry; her brother, Johnny Anderson of Cabot, Ark.; her sisters-in-law, Joan (Polson) Koester, and her husband, Weber of Paullina, and Jeannine (Berger) Anderson, and her husband Vern of Kingsley. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.