Ruby Edlyn Viland, 97, Rock Rapids, Iowa, formerly of Luverne, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at the Rock Rapids Hospital in Rock Rapids.
A funeral service was Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne, with burial at Maplewod Cemetery in Luverne.
Ruby Thompson was born April 8, 1919, to Theodore and Helmina (Peterson) Thompson in Hills. While growing up, Ruby lived in Valley Springs, South Dakota, Bruce, South Dakota, and later Luverne. She graduated from Luverne High School in 1937. She worked at the Luverne Community Hospital from 1935 to 1937 and then at J.C. Penney from 1937 to 1941.
On Nov. 30, 1941, Ruby married Lawrence Viland at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church parsonage in Luverne. Following their marriage the couple lived in Pipestone. In 1943 they returned to Luverne and Ruby worked at Forrest Dairy. In 1955 she began working for Creeger’s, which later became Cook’s Clothing, and continued full time until 1981. Ruby thoroughly enjoyed helping people pick out outfits. She remained at Cook’s part time until her retirement in 1994 at age 75.
During her retirement years the couple traveled to Hawaii, took a Caribbean cruise, and rode on a bus tour through California and the southwestern states. The couple also took many trips to Colorado to visit their son Rodney and his wife. In October 2009, Ruby and Larry became residents at the Rock Rapids Health Centre in Rock Rapids. Larry died on July 26, 2014.
Ruby was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne, where she belonged to Circle. She enjoyed baking and cooking. She especially enjoyed hosting dinner parties and family get-togethers. Her lefse was a favorite during the holiday season. Ruby enjoyed collecting Lennox birds, gardening and playing bridge. Most of all, she loved listening to music and dancing with her favorite partner, Larry.
Ruby is survived by her daughter, Jeanne (Steve) Ellsworth, Rock Rapids; four grandchildren, Peggy (John) Metzger, Jason (Amy) Ellsworth, Vonda Viland (Vic) Machinski, and Jon Viland; six great-grandchildren, Andrew Metzger, Ryan Metzger, Carter Ellsworth, Nathan Viland, David Machinski and Abbey Machinski; a sister, Harriet Bryan, of Billings, Montana; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband; two sons, James and Rodney Viland; her parents; six siblings, Clarence Thompson, Virgil Thompson, Helen Forrest, Gladyce Helgerson, Mildred Schlumbohm and Gena Thompson; and two infant siblings, Clifford and Evelyn Thompson.
Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.