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Ruby Mildred Olson Brooking
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Birth: Sep. 5, 1917
Brookings County
South Dakota, USA
Death: Aug. 25, 2014
Hughes County
South Dakota, USA

Ruby Brooking passed away peacefully August 25, 2014 at Mary House Caring Facility, Pierre, South Dakota. She was 96 years of age. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00pm, Friday, August 29, 2014 at Feigum Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10:00am, Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the Onida Methodist Church with interment to follow at the Onida City Cemetery.

Ruby Mildred Olson was born September 5, 1917 in Brookings County, South Dakota to Robert and Clara (Steen) Olson. She was the fifth of seven children and was raised on the family farm three miles west of Brookings. She graduated from a rural elementary school and Brookings High School.

While majoring in mathematics at South Dakota State, she met and married Jim Brooking of Sully County. After briefly living in the town of Hudson, SD, they moved to the Brooking Family Farm in 1940. There they remained until they moved to Pierre in 2000. Ruby and Jim were married 63 years at the time of his death in November of 2002.

Ruby and Jim raised four children: Janice (Kervyn) Mach of Dayton Ohio, Jim (Patty) of Onida, Royal (Bonnie) of Lead, and Robyn (Lee) Livermore of Pierre.

Ruby served as Deputy County Auditor for a number of years. She was an active participant in farm life. She and James raised pure-bred Targhee sheep and enjoyed traveling together to shows and competitions around the state.

Ruby was active in extension club, and was a long-time member of the Farm Women’s Club. She has been honored as Sully County Fine Lady for her contributions to the well-being of the county and community. She was a member of the Onida Methodist Church and UMW. She loved knitting, quilting and Norwegian Hardanger needlework. It was her great pleasure to give all of her children and grandchildren intricate handmade gifts to mark the milestones in their lives. These gifts will be treasured forever along with the memories of the kind and loving woman who made them.

Ruby was preceded in Death by her parents; two sisters, Esther and Clarice; and three brothers, Clifford, Raymond and Burnett; and a great granddaughter, Hazel Sievers.

She is survived by her brother Robert, her four children, seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

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  James E Brooking (1915 - 2002)*
*Calculated relationship
Onida Cemetery
Sully County
South Dakota, USA
Created by: Vickie BYRUM Schley
Record added: Jul 01, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 113195129
Ruby Mildred <i>Olson</i> Brooking
Added by: Vickie BYRUM Schley
Ruby Mildred <i>Olson</i> Brooking
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