Ruby Thayes Anderson, daughter of the late Joseph and Phoebe (Livingston) Shannon, the second of five children, was born on August 15, 1912 in Douglas County, Missouri, and departed this life on March 7, 2010 in Landmark Villa in Cabool, Missouri, following a month-long illness. She had made her home in Landmark Villa for the past 2½ years. She was 97 years, six months and 19 days of age.
Ruby grew up in Douglas County and attended Fairview School. She was united in marriage to Homer Anderson in June 6, 1929. Five children were born to this union.
She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister, neighbor and friend. She will be truly missed by those who knew and loved her.
She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Republic, Missouri.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Anderson in 1986; one brother, Ross Shannon; three sisters, Mabel Upshaw, Lucille Ketchum, and Elsie Canada; her daughter, Roberta Mae Hopper in 1979 at the age of 42, which brought the greatest sadness to her life; and a daughter-in-law, Kathleen Anderson who called Ruby and Homer “Mom and Dad.”
Ruby is survived by three sons, Lyle Anderson and wife Laura of Buffalo, Iowa, Kenneth Anderson and wife Barbara of Mtn. Grove, Missouri, and Allen Anderson of Walsenburg, Colorado; one daughter: Brenda Sias and husband Steve of Webster Grove, Missouri; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and many friends.
Ruby lived to an older age than anyone in her family and was the last member of her generation of the Shannon and Anderson families.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in Craig-Hurtt Chapel with Rev. Terry Brown officiating. Wayne Anderson, Linda Clark, Jerry Wagner, Luke Dart, Wesley Hancock and Robert Upshaw provided the music. Pallbearers were Zachary Sias, Carl Lister, Doug Anderson, Matthew Anderson, Brian Hopper and Russell Upshaw. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Upshaw, Wesley Hancock, John Unger, Ron Wood, Vernon Upshaw, Wayne Anderson and Norman Anderson. Burial was in Denlow Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.