Ruby Irene Saunders

passed away on Friday, June 13, 2014 in Tucson, AZ at the age of 97.

Ruby was born on January 19, 1917 in Illinois to Grover and Dell Dasher. She joined two sisters, Laura Dell and Lilian Faye. Ruby married Lester Ray Saunders on August 4, 1956. She was the mother of seven children and grandmother to 19 grandchildren, and many great- and great-great-grandchildren.

Ruby and Lester raised their children in Illinois where Lester worked in the coal mines for many years. Ruby was a devoted wife and mother. Her father was a Pentecostal preacher and taught her to serve and love the Lord. She taught her children that same love and devotion. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. For health reasons she spent her final ten years in San Manuel surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She loved to fish, crochet and do stitchery.

Ruby is survived by her four children, Ada (Wayne) Carter, Carolyn Sue (Bobby) Smith, Oscar (Butch) (Betty) Saunders all of San Manuel, AZ, and Robert (Cathy) Saunders of Maricopa, AZ. She is preceded in death by her parents, sisters, husband, her sons Marlin (Duke) Saunders and John Wayne Saunders, her daughter Marilyn Kay (Roy) Carter, and grandson John Ray Saunders.

Services were held Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Evergreen Mortuary in Tucson, AZ. Ruby’s final resting place will be at Sunset Memorial Park in DuQuoin, Illinois.

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