ASHLAND – Ruby I. Strode, 99, of Ashland, passed away Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 at the Ashland Care Center in Ashland. She was born Jan. 6, 1919 in Ashland, to Elmer and Beulah (Johnson) Hall. She attended District 5 grade school, Ashland High School and Teachers College. She was united in marriage to Harold G. Strode on May 4, 1935 in Wahoo. Five children were born from this union, Harold, Robert, Ronald, Donald and Carolyn.
Ruby and her husband both owned and trained racehorses and traveled excessively around the country racing them. They also operated various businesses in Ashland, including car dealerships, gas stations/car repair shops, commercial trucking companies, and a mobile home park.
Ruby was an independent, honest and hard worker. She was lifelong member of First Christian Church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and aunt.
Ruby is survived by her children, Harold J. Strode, Ronald E. (Joyce) Strode, Donald D. (Lucille) Strode, and Carolyn M. (Donald) Pretzer; daughter-in-law, Mary Strode; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 27 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold G. Strode; son, Robert A. Strode; daughter-in-law, Verna Mae Dean Strode; grandsons, Douglas Strode, Kent Strode, Randy Strode; brothers, Ben and Richard Hall; sisters, Colleen and Eunice Hall and special friends, Delbert Lacy and Delmar Kolb.
A Celebration of Life will be held Monday, Aug. 13 at 10:30 am at the First Christian Church in Ashland
Interment will be at Ashland Cemetery in Ashland
Memorials in care of the family for future designation.
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