Ruby Irene Aldrich Hall
ESTHERVILLE — Ruby Irene Brown was born in Sioux Falls, SD, on Feb. 14, 1916 and passed away in Clayton, CA on Monday, April 21, 2008 after a brief illness. Her parents were Martin L. and Mollie Brown. She attended Mark Twain Elementary, Washington High School and Nettleton College.
Ruby worked for the Social Security Administra-tion in Baltimore, MD and the Labor Department in Washington, D.C. in labor relations and conciliations.
She married Clayton Aldrich March 4, 1938 and they lived in Baltimore, Fort Dodge, and Omaha, NE. Clayton and Ruby had two children, Douglas Eugene and Marcia Lynne. After Clayton was killed in action in France during World War II, Ruby returned to Sioux Falls.
On Nov.8, 1951 she married Euston Hall, with whom she had two children, Kimberly Anne and Tracy Jane. In 1993 Ruby and Euston moved to Clemmons, NC. Euston predeceased her on Nov. 12, 1994. In 1998, Ruby moved to Clayton, CA and resided there for ten years.
Ruby attended Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and later served in the Altar Guild and Circle at East Side Lutheran Church. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels and was active in the Woman’s History Club of Sioux Falls. She played duplicate bridge on a weekly basis in Sioux Falls, North Carolina and California.
Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, sister Mildred Hedges, brother Harry Brown and daughter Marcia.
She is survived by brother Marlin (LaVonne) Brown of Sioux Falls; Doug (Karolyn) Aldrich of Thornton, CO; Kimberly (Hassan) Yatim of Clayton, CA; and Tracy (Dave) Smith of Sugar Land, TX.
She has 11 grandchildren: Mark Aldrich, Allison Aldrich Janda, Jennifer Aldrich Mishic, Darin Aldrich, Stefanie Chmie-lewski Statz, Amal Yatim, Malena Yatim, Marisa Yatim, Khaled Yatim, Alexander Smith and Cara Smith. She also has 12 great-grandchildren.
Ruby was a strong and remarkable woman who had a passion for bridge, old movies, writing and history. Her grandchildren fondly remember her stories, incisive intellect, sense of humor and incredible memory. She imparted many fine values to her descendants.
Services will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cylinder, on Saturday, May 3, at 2 p.m. with burial to follow at Riverside Ceme-tery in Rodman with Pastor David Moor, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Hospice of East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Avenue, Pleasant Hill, CA, 94523 or http://www.hospicecc.org