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Obituaries

Obituaries

Ruby Irene Clement 1919 - 2013

Ruby was born in Hatfield AR on Oct. 22, 1919 to William Bev Stinnett and Nellie Margaret Oglesby, Stinnett. Ruby died on June 28, 2013 at Brandon Woods in Lawrence, KS.
Ruby attended grade school in Hatfield AR. and graduated from high school there in 1937.
She worked in retail in the Hatfield area and in 1942 married George Clement. Ruby moved to Portsmouth, VA during World War II to be with her husband when his ship docked in Norfolk VA. She lived with George’s older sister and worked on the Naval Base filing confidential blue prints for guns and ships. Their first son Edward was born in 1944.
Ruby graduated from Oklahoma State University at Stillwater, OK, in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics and taught in Manford, Oklahoma for 2 years while George finished his degree in Veterinary Medicine. In 1955 the family moved to Miller, South Dakota where George interned with Meriweather Vet Clinic. Ruby taught 7th and 8th grades at nearby St. Lawrence, SD.
In 1956 George opened his own practice in Howard, SD and Ruby taught 7the grade. In 1958 Ruby started working at the Howard Vet Clinic keeping the books and managing the office. George and Ruby also raised and bred Red Angus cattle on a farm just outside of town.
A second son Donald Clement was born in 1961. After George retired from vet medicine in 1981, they moved to Mena, AR and started a tree farm. In 2009 they moved to Brandon Woods Independent Living in Lawrence, KS, to be near their oldest son. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2012 Ruby was a devoted wife and mother. She loved playing bridge and crossword puzzles. She was also an excellent golfer.
Ruby was a PEO member for over 50 years in Howard, SD, Mena, AR and Lawrence, KS. She served one year in the South Dakota Veterinary Medicine Association Auxiliary as State President.
Ruby is survived by her husband George L Clement of Brandon Woods; Son, Ed, his wife Mary Jane of Lawrence KS, and grandchildren, Teresa Clement, Seattle WA, Deanna Clement-Miller, Nelson NZ and Robert Clement, Kansas City, MO Her, son Don, his wife Denise and their children: Katelyn and Kyle live in Sioux Falls SD.
Ruby was preceded in death by her 3 brothers and a sister: Freeman Lee Stinnett, Olen Seldon (Bud) Stinnett, Julius Bev (Jay) Stinnett and Reba Margaret Nagle.
The family asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Visiting Nurses Hospice and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
Graveside rites will be held at Pine Crest Cemetery in Mena AR. on Friday July 5rd at 10:00 AM.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at Brandon Woods in Lawrence, KS.
Online condolences may be sent to www.warrenmcelwain.com
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