Ruby Florence Fillmore, 101, Osage City: Feb. 18, 1916 – June 25, 2017

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Ruby Florence Fillmore, 101, passed away Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Osage Nursing Center, Osage City, Kan. Ruby Florence Christesen was born Feb. 18, 1916, in rural Osage City, the daughter of Chris and Florence Bourff Christesen.

She graduated from Osage City High School with the class of 1934.

She was joined in marriage to Walter Duawall on Jan. 20, 1936. The young couple lived in Topeka, Kan., before moving to a farm south of Reading, Kan. During the early years, Ruby did housework. Ruby and Walter moved to Osage City in 1962, where Ruby worked for a local dentist for five years. She later worked at the IGA store before becoming administrator for Mrs. Misner’s nursing home for two years.

Walter preceded her in death in 1970. She would later marry Dean Fillmore on Aug. 11, 1972, in Osage City. Dean preceded her in death in 1990.

Ruby’’s many hobbies included sewing clothes, dancing, and fishing with Dean. She held memberships in the Laugh A Lot Club, Chatter and Sew, and the Domestic Art Club.

She will remain in the hearts of her sister, Camilla Thomson, of Topeka; a son-in-law, Eldon Bryson, Scranton, Kan.; grandchildren, Diana Quaney, Greg Bryson, Monty Dewey, Shelly McCumber and Sheila Bailey; great-grandchildren, Erin Gibson, Candace Stephenson, Nehemiah McCumber and Jeremiah McCumber; great-great-grandchildren, Carter Gibson, Chloe Gibson, Emmy Gibson and Jolie Stephenson; and step great-great-grandchildren, Kyler Stephenson and Clayton Stephenson.

Ruby was also preceded in death by two daughters, Janice Dent and Janette Bryson; an infant son, Walter; a granddaughter, Destiny Bailey; three brothers, Homer, Harry and Chester; and two sisters, Beulah Armstrong and Bernice Patrick.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 30, at the First Presbyterian Church, Osage City. Family will receive friends an hour before the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church and sent to VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, 107 N. Sixth St., Osage City, KS 66523. Condolences may be expressed at www.vanarsdalefs.com.


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