Ruby Lois Morris Wake

Mrs. Ruby Wake went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at her Willow Springs, Missouri, home surrounded by her family. Born on June 3, 1926 in Vanzant, Missouri, to Mack and Emma (Smith) Morris, she was 84 years old.

Ruby was one of eight children. She received her education at the schools of Vanzant and Willow Springs #2.

On March 8, 1946 she married Gardner Wake in West Plains, Missouri, and to this union four children were born. Ruby and Gardner made their home in the Willow Springs area for the rest of their lives. She took her duties as a wife and mother very seriously. She worked beside her husband in the timber and farming industries until they both retired in 1977. It was said that she could work like a man, take care of the children and the house, while making it all look easy. She lovingly taught her family and gave help and kindness to many others along the way.

Ruby’s love of the Lord was her strength in life. She became a Christian as a very young woman. She was a member of Bethel Community Church where she could be found any time the doors were open. Ruby lived Proverbs 31 while having the patience of Job. She will be lovingly missed by her family and all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Gardner Wake, on April 6, 2005; her parents; two sisters, Florence and Ruth; and four brothers, Earl, Omer, Harold and Charley.

Ruby is survived by her son, Jim Wake and wife Dona, and her daughters, Lois Smith and husband Jerry, Nina James and husband Kenny, and Penny Tooley and husband Noel, all of Willow Springs; eight grandchildren, Tammy McClure and husband P.J. of Bolivar, Missouri, Kelly Smith and wife Jennifer of Van Buren, Missouri, Robin Shepard of Willow Springs, Jamie Wake of Kansas City, Christy Clark of Willow Springs, Travis Tooley and wife Cindy of Willow Springs, and Gina Wake and Michael Wake, both of St. Louis; and 11 great-grandchildren, Katlyn, Melissa, Niki, Allie, Logan, Katie, Jeremiah, Ethan, Austin, Avery and Ruby. She will be missed by her brother, Robert Morris and wife Anna of West Plains, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were held Friday, April 8, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at Bethel Community Church, Willow Springs. Burial was at Little Zion Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Willow Funeral Home.

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