She was born April 23, 1927, to Fred Franklin Grogan and Mary Johnny (Gribas) Grogan at Grogan, Missouri. Ruby grew up in the Grogan community.
Along with her parents and husband, Delmar, Ruby was preceded in death by a brother and sister.
She married Delmar Surby on April 20, 1946. To this union two daughters, Sharon and Karon, were born.
Ruby became a Christian at age 13 and was baptized into the Southern Baptist faith. She faithfully served her church in various capacities: Sunday school teacher, Vacation Bible School director, Pastor Search Committee, Historical Committee of Cabool First Baptist Church for their centennial celebration, and was active in Women’s Missionary Union (WMU).
Ruby taught school for 34 years until retiring in 1984 from Cabool Schools. Upon retiring, she had more time to devote to hobbies: quilting, gardening and keeping her beautiful day lilies. One Christmas she gifted her immediate family with a quilt as her present to them. Ruby was blessed with a “green thumb” and could grow almost anything.
Survivors include her daughters, Sharon (Robert) Ocker and Karon Surby of Liberty; grandchildren, Charity (PJ) Hoegler of Platte City, Missouri, and Justin Ocker of Liberty; great-grandchildren, Jaron and Kinsi Hoegler of Platte City; brothers, Tom and Don Grogan; and sisters, Helen Snyder and Anna Mae Kitchen. She also leaves several nieces, nephews, a host of other family members and a wonderful, dear church family at Liberty Baptist Church.
Visitation was held Monday, August 7, 2017, at Liberty Baptist Church, followed by a service celebrating Ruby’s life at 11:00 a.m. Burial followed in Glenridge Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Liberty Hospital Hospice. You may share a message with the family or sign an on-line guest book via www.parklawnfunerals.com. Arrangements were under the direction of Park Lawn Northland Chapel.