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Ruby Fern Stephens

Ruby Fern Stephens, 83, of Kirksville, MO, passed away at her home on February 10, 2008, after a courageous seven year battle with cancer.
She was born on April 16, 1924, in Keytesville, MO, the daughter of Charles Edgar and Sarah Edie (Cox) Coy. She was married to J.E. (Steve) Stephens on August 30, 1941 in Dewitt, MO. After celebrating fifty wonderful years together, he passed away on September 10, 1991.
Ruby maintained a life-long Chariton County residence, only leaving temporarily with her husband for work assignments or to travel. She led a well-rounded work history, starting with waitressing, factory work, assembling B-52’s, pharmacy assistant, and finally retiring after ten years of service to the Brunswick Nursing Home.
After retirement, Ruby and her husband became “Snow Birds”, spending their winters in Texas and their summers in Minnesota. There they made great friends and enjoyed new adventures.
She is survived by her godchildren Lacy, Eric, Drew and Connor King of Kirksville, MO; sister Pearly Edwards of Brunswick, MO; three sisters-in-law, Juanita Vestal of Griffith, IN, Grace Coy of Keytesville, MO, and Ruth Coy of Greencastle, IN; brother-in-law William Holtmeyer; several nieces and nephews, along with several great-nieces and nephews; and many good friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Charles Andrew Coy, Roy Dewitt Coy, Frank Coy, and Marlin Coy; and three sisters, Mary Jane McSparren, Minnie Belle Hayes, and Cynthia Holtmeyer.
Graveside services will be held at Keytesville Cemetery on Thursday, February 14, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. Gail Brown officiating. Mrs. Stephens will lie in state at the Gibson Funeral Home in Brunswick, MO on Thursday from 10:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. Memorials may be made to, the Keytesville Cemetery Association or to the Hospice of Northeast Missouri.