Ruby Pearl Bursell 590
- Born: 26 May 1894, Prosper, Fillmore Co., Minnesota
- Marriage: William Mckinley Bower on 15 Oct 1921 in Newport, Pend Oreille Co., Washington
- Died: 6 Dec 1992, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA aged 98
- Buried: After 6 Dec 1992, Greenwood Memorial Terrace, Spokane WA
Cause of her death was Congestive heart failure.
Ruby, called "Auntie Bea" because nephew, Donald, could not say Ruby, was the son her father did not have. She could help her "Pa" with all kinds of work. George had a team of horses that hauled his wagon to his carpentry jobs, and one of the horses was particularly fractious. Ruby could handle the team when George couldn't, so she was often called upon to drive her Dad to work, and she could handle a hammer and saw with the "best of them". Before marriage Ruby was employed as the cashier in the Circulation Dept. of the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane. During the Depression years Ruby raised rabbits, both for their fur and their meat, and chickens, which she raised and sold as fryers to supplement the family income. By the time WWII came along Bill was employed again as a machinist with the Great Northern RR, and George and Lydia, who were keeping house for daughter, Lottie, then a widowed, working Mom, were in their 70's. When help was needed Ruby was always there. Ruby and Bill never had children of their own, but she loved Lottie's children as if they were her own, and they loved her too.
Noted events in her life were:
• Fact 1: Fact 1: No Children.
Ruby married William Mckinley Bower on 15 Oct 1921 in Newport, Pend Oreille Co., Washington. (William Mckinley Bower was born on 1 Oct 1895 in Indiana, died in Sep 1979 in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA and was buried in Sep 1979 in Greenwood Memorial Terrace, Spokane WA.)