Services in celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, at the First Baptist Church, 3020 30th St., Rock Island, where Ruby was a member. The family will greet friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will follow at Rock Island Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House or to the Scott County Humane Society. Weerts Funeral Home in Davenport is assisting her family with arrangements.
Ruby was born in 1917, in Woonsocket, S.D., to Guy and Lola Randerson. She was united in marriage to Haskell M. Sarver on Oct. 16, 1937, in Davenport. He preceded her in death on April 20, 2003.
Ruby was always a seamstress but initially worked as an occupational therapist at the TB Sanitarium in Rock Island in her early years. Eventually she became co-owner of the Bridal Boutique in Rock Island, becoming a well-known custom dressmaker in the area.
Ruby was a writer for the "Seams Easy" columns in The Moline Dispatch. Over several years Ruby taught many women to sew from the adult education classes she taught at Scott Community and Black Hawk colleges. She also sewed all 35 dresses for the Mardi Gras Ball in Rock Island for many years. Ruby altered her last wedding gown at the age of 94 for a third-generation bride wearing her grandmother's dress. There will be a display at the Putnam Museum for the upcoming Cottage Industry exhibit that will feature Ruby's lifelong passion for sewing. There are countless brides that Ruby now leaves happily behind.
Survivors include her son, Jon (Donna) Sarver, Cumming, Ga.; daughters, Ann Hein, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and Jill (Michael) Madden, Geneseo; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren with one more due any day; and a sister-in-law, LuElla Randerson, Rock Island; many nieces and nephews; and special neighbors, Julie, Tony and Jenna Riordan.
In addition to her husband, Ruby was preceded in death by two brothers, Orval and Faye Randerson; a sister, Opal McMahon; and a son-in-law, Michael Hein.
Online condolences may be expressed to Ruby's family by visiting her obituary at WeertsFH.com.
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