Ruby M. Matt

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Ruby Mary Matt, 81, of Des Moines, formerly of Garnavillo, died Friday, March 4, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center West Lakes in West Des Moines.

Visitation was Sunday, March 6, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Garnavillo and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Monday, March 7, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Garnavillo, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Interment was at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Garnavillo.

Ruby was born on Dec. 30, 1934, in Springdale, Ark., the daughter of Victor and Flossie (Toy) Barron.

Ruby received her early education in Springdale and later graduated from the McGuinness Catholic High School in Oklahoma City, Okla. Ruby furthered her education at St. Mary’s College in Leavenworth, Kan., and finalized her education after receiving her nursing degree from Providence Hospital Nursing School in Kansas City, Kan. Ruby was a skilled cook who enjoyed reading and family gatherings. She filled her life with kindness and prayer and good actions, especially over her 37 years as a registered nurse at the Central Community Hospital in Elkader. She was most proud of her six children whom she raised with her loving husband, Melvin. 

Ruby is survived by her husband of over 58 years, Melvin; six children, Barbara (Paul) Baeuchle of Leavenworth, Kan., Ed (Jackie) Matt of West Des Moines, Elaine (Brad) Schaffner of Northfield, Minn., Denise (Michael) Nash of Indianapolis, Ind., Dan Matt of Wichita Falls, Texas and Sharon (Chris) Matt Atkins of Metuchen, N.J.; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Willis of Charlotte, Fla., and Betty (Walter) Tabary of Destrehan, La., and many other relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, Arlie, Homer and J.D. Barron.

In lieu of flowers and all styles of sympathy, the family has requested memorials, and you may designate those memorials to the American Cancer Society.

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