Ruby McKelvey

Posted Online: April 14, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Ruby L. McKelvey, 83, of Monmouth, died Saturday, April 12, 2014, at home.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 18, at Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel, Monmouth, with the Rev. Jon Sims of the First United Methodist Church, Monmouth, officiating. Burial will be at Alexis Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday morning at Hoover-Hall, where her family will be present for visitation one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be left to the First United Methodist Church or Warren County Relay for Life.
She was born Oct. 27, 1930, in rural Knox County, Ill., the sixth child of Robert Darris and Clara Hardesty Simonson.
Ruby spent her earlier years in the Alexis and Gerlaw areas. She was a graduate of Alexis High School.
Ruby married Robert Lee McKelvey on Aug. 6, 1948, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 2, 2002.
Ruby worked for Contel (GTE-Verizon-Kerigan) as first secretary to the district manager, and then district material and supply supervisor for Central (Aledo) and South (Mascautah) districts.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, VFW Auxiliary and Telephone Pioneers.
Those left to cherish her memory are one son, Michael Lee (Anita) McKelvey, Monmouth; two grandchildren, Ryan Sykes, Peoria, Ill., and Amy Sykes, Burlington Iowa; one sister-in-law, Bernice Schmudde, Lisle, Ill.; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three sisters; two brothers; and sister-in-law, Bonnie Brown.
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