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In Memory of

Ruby Katherine Boyd

September 8, 1931 - October 10, 2016

Obituary


Kansas native Ruby Wullschleger Boyd proudly proclaimed her heritage and her outlook with the song, ""I'm from Sunny Kansas" frequently upon her lips. The first child of John and Margaret Wullschleger, Ruby was born on September 8, 1931 near Home, Kansas. Though her farmer father was only able to attend school through 8th grade, he keenly valued education and encouraged all his children - no matter their gender - to receive university degrees.

A devoted and diligent child, Ruby worked the fields alongside her father and milked cows. To receive a secondary education,...

Kansas native Ruby Wullschleger Boyd proudly proclaimed her heritage and her outlook with the song, ""I'm from Sunny Kansas" frequently upon her lips. The first child of John and Margaret Wullschleger, Ruby was born on September 8, 1931 near Home, Kansas. Though her farmer father was only able to attend school through 8th grade, he keenly valued education and encouraged all his children - no matter their gender - to receive university degrees.

A devoted and diligent child, Ruby worked the fields alongside her father and milked cows. To receive a secondary education, she resided in a boarding house during her teen years to attend Marysville High School - the same school her brother, sister and children would later attend. After graduating, Ruby attended Kansas State University and earned a teaching certificate. She came home to teach all elementary grades in a one-room rural school near her parent's farm.

Within one year, Miss Wullschleger met and married Darrel Boyd. They became parents to four children - Katherine Lee, William John, Karen Sue, and James Wesley - losing their second daughter Karen shortly after birth to Rh compatibility. Ruby devoted her life to raising her children and supporting their education. She was active with the 4-H club in Marshall County, as well as Beattie Elementary School and Marysville High School. She was also an involved member of the Eastern Star.

Along with farming, she raised chickens, milked cows and bred puppies to pay for books and schooling for her children. She always found a way to get that extra text book, wrestling uniform or band instrument.

In her advanced years, Ruby followed her longtime plan to move to Michigan to live with her daughter whom she considered her best friend. She had been a frequent visitor to her look-alike daughter's home and traveled annually across the country to participate in the Katherine's Ribbon of Hope Foundation team.

Ruby Wullschleger Boyd peacefully passed away on October 10, 2016 with her loving caregiver, Toccaria Smith, at her side. Dementia had dimmed her quick wit and boundless energy, but her internal spirit and sparkle remained strong. She is preceded in death by her brother Harry Wullschleger, her parents, John and Margaret Wullschleger, and her daughter, Karen Sue Boyd. She leaves behind her husband, Darrel, and her three children, Dr. Katherine Boyd, Bill, and Jim, and her sister, Janie Curtis, to keep her memory alive.

In lieu of flowers, Ruby and her children would appreciate donations to her favorite charity: The Ribbon of Hope Foundation, 28755 Schoenherr Road, Suite 200, Warren, MI 48088 www.ribbonofhopefoundation.org