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Ruby King McKee

April 8, 1918 - March 2, 2021
From: Spencer, IA
Ruby King McKee

Ruby King McKee

Born: April 8, 1918
Died: March 2, 2021
Age: 102

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     Ruby King McKee, was born April 8th,  1918 near Villisca in Montgomery County, IA. The daughter of Charles Jackson and Lena Mattie (Kendrick) King. Passing  peacefully, March 2nd, 2021. at Longhouse-Northshire, in Spencer, IA, one month before her 3rd Centenarian Birthday. She grew up in the Guss area in Taylor County, graduating 1935 from Villisca High School with a teaching certificate. She taught country schools in Taylor and Adams county for 4 years.

     On Dec. 31, 1938 she was united in marriage to Manford McKee of Prescott, IA  in Maryville, MO. They lived in the Prescott and Corning area before moving to Algona in 1958, and Estherville in 1959. Along with children Elaine and Charles, she joined the Methodist Church in Corning, May 11th, 1958. After moving to Estherville, she worked as a waitress at the Gardston Hotel, before starting to work for the City of Estherville in the Utility Department as a billing clerk, retiring with over 25 years, in 1989.

     As Manford had died in 1985, she moved to Spencer in 1991.  She traveled with her neighbor, Dorothy Vodraska on many trips.  They traveled to all the states and Canada, some more than once.  Many scenic places , Switzerland (gondola), Austria, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii (helicopter tour), Prince Edward Islands, home of Annie Green Gables.  She loved to read, walk, attend her yard, and flower garden and take care of her  great grandchildren, who called her ‘Gramma Gramma’.

     After breaking her hip in 2015, she moved to St. Luke’s, Assisted Living; And, then to Longhouse-Northshire.  She loved all the special attention from everyone there, and all the activities. She especially liked to walk., laugh and clap to the music, and Loved all the Hugs.

     We mourn her passing, but cherish her memory: daughter Elaine Frommie, her husband Vance,  granddaughter Stacey Anderson and her children, Haley, Shelbey,  and  Kyley, from Spencer, IA. Grandson  Joshua Frommie, wife Lisa and their children Alex and Maci,  from Blue Earth, MN. Her son Charles, wife Judy,  from Prescott, AZ. and their children,  Liza and her husband Vince Cavigilla of Fredericksburg, VA., and  Daniel, from  Prescott Valley, AZ.

     Preceding her in death,  were  her husband Manford (Mac) 8-23-1985, her parents, Charley and Lena, her brothers, Ora and Virgil, and sister, Velda.

     Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there will be a  private viewing at Warner Funeral Home with burial at Victoria Cemetery, Massena, IA, at a later time.

Private family services will be held at a later date.
Victoria Cemetery
Massena, Iowa


Friday, March 12, 2021 at 8:01 AM
“ I so sorry to hear of Ruby's ....Ruby was such a sweet lady ...I had the pleasure of helping her in her daily needs at Riverveiw terrace...sounds like Ruby had an exciting life.i bet there will be so many memories to be cherished ... GOD will give you comfort.”
- Cheryl Lindahl
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 12:22 PM
“Ruby was my neighbor way back when. She was part of a special neighborhood. My sympathy. I know you will miss her.
Barb Eby”
- Barb Eby
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 2:15 PM
“im so sorry for your loss my sweet sweet ruby your gonna be missed so much im gonna miss my hugs from you no metter what kinda day i have had your hug made it better”
- heidi sky
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