Ruby Proctor, daughter of the late John and Goldie (Stout) Hicks, was born on February 19, 1925 in Tedrick, Missouri, in Douglas County and passed away on January 10, 2014 at Kabul Nursing Home in Cabool, Missouri, at 88 years of age.
She grew up in Douglas County and married Vasel Proctor on May 27, 1942. Four children were born to this union. She and Vasel raised their family on a farm in Drury, Missouri. Vasel passed away on June 4, 1980.
Ruby worked for many years at Cloud Oak, which later became Fordick Corporation. She also worked at Town and Country in the bakery department for several years.
She was a member of Southside Church of Christ and was baptized on the same day as her good friend, Esther Wrinkles, in Fox Creek in 1943.
Ruby enjoyed spending time crocheting, embroidering, working word puzzles, and spending time in her flower and vegetable gardens. She especially enjoyed working with her roses. Ruby loved to go to picnics and bluegrass festivals and attending the Fairview and Champion school reunions.
In the 1980s, Vice President George H. W. Bush, Sr., visited Mountain Grove, Missouri. Ruby made him a gooseberry pie to take back to Washington.
Ruby was especially proud of her children and grandchildren who served in the military.
Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Dewayne and Gene Hicks; four sisters, Freda Rowe, Toots Lawson, Faye Goss, and Leona Hicks; and an infant great-grandson, Kyle Jean Tooley.
She is survived by three sons, Lyman “Pete” Proctor and wife Phyllis of Mountain Grove, Gary Proctor and wife Christie of West Plains, Missouri, and Frankie Proctor and wife Freda of Mountain Grove; one daughter, Barbara Cooper and husband Darrell of Norwood, Missouri; one brother, Ray Hicks and wife Donna of Blue Grass, Iowa; three sisters, Amy Collins of Mountain Grove, Elsie Curtis of Norwood, and Sharon Smith of Mountain Grove; six grandchildren, Tonya Tooley, Bryan Proctor, Pam Cooper, Tommy Cooper, Jenny Brame, and James Proctor; 13 great-grandchildren; and many other family and friends.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 14, 2014, in Craig-Hurtt Chapel with Rev. Irvin Barnes officiating. Bill Downs, Robert Upshaw, Bryan Proctor, James Proctor, Tommy Cooper, and James Tooley served as pallbearers. Bill Rowe, Dave Adams, Duke McIntosh, Tom Hicks, Wes Collins, Gerald Harrison, J.R. Curtis, and Larry Curtis served as honorary pallbearers. Song selections were “Sissie’s Song,” “Amazing Grace,” “Peace In The Valley,” and “I’ll Fly Away.” Sara Swisloski served as musician. Burial was in Denlow Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.