|Birth: ||Feb. 17, 1900|
|Death: ||Jan. 9, 1935|
Ruth Malissa (Roby) Leppla died of pneumonia on January 9, 1935 just one month and 8 days shy of her 35th birthday.
Ruth was born on February 17, 1900 in Alva, Oklahoma Territory to Bert Elsa Roby and Lettie Frances"Fannie" (Williams) Roby. The family resided in Fritzlen, Woods county, Oklahoma, about 2 miles from Alva, Oklahoma. There the family farmed for a living on property of their own.
By 1910 the family had moved to San Antonio, Bexar county, Texas. Ruth's father, Bert Elsa Roby, worked as a mining engineer in Texas and New Mexico and became part owner of some mines with his brother Frank; who also lived in San Antonio with his family. In 1919 Ruth was a sophomore at Baylor College for Women in Belton, Texas. The 1920 US Federal Census reports the family living in Heard, Maricopa county, Arizona; an area that is part of Phoenix today. Ruth attended The University of Arizona from 1920 to 1922 during which time she met her husband to be, Henry "Lorain" Leppla II who also attended the university. She finished her degree and became a teacher for a number of years before marrying and having children. As the oldest child of the family she was expected to help her next youngest sibling through college, then that child would help the next child, etc.
Ruth Malissa Roby and Henry Lorain Leppla II married on January 27, 1925. Together they had two children:
Henry (no middle name) Leppla III b. 1927
Fanchon (no middle name) Leppla b. 1929
Ruth used the designation of the "III" for baby Henry even though he wasn't given the middle name of "Lorain". There was a little discussion in the family about that choice - written down by Ruth in Henry III's baby book.
Ruth's unexpected death in January of 1935 of pneumonia at such a young age, only 35, leaving the children motherless at the ages 8 and 6 years old, was spoken about for years to come. I was born in 1953 and the devastation on the family was still spoken about as I grew up. Her death followed on the heals of the death of her children's beloved grandfather, Henry Leppla I, (her father-in-law), an accidental drowning at San Carlos Lake near Globe, Arizona just 3 months earlier in October of 1934.
I didn't know my grandmother Ruth, but reading the things she wrote in my father's baby book and looking at pictures of her has helped me to form a idea of what she might have been like. I see her as somewhat shy when she was young, (perhaps only camera shy), and at the same time fun loving - as seen by the dress up fashions she wore for an Independence Day celebration and again with friends in soldier uniforms posed around an old fighter plane. The family story was told that she got a chance to fly with someone in that plane - I wish I knew who. I think it may have been her half uncle, Capt. Isaac Jackman Williams who was a pilot in the army. Ruth could be stubborn, it seems from the writings in Henry's baby book and she seemed to enjoy the new breezy fashions of the early 1920s, very nicely shown off in her wedding photo.
Ruth Malissa (Roby) Leppla is buried in the Leppla family plot at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery. My sister and I visited her and other family members there. We can only imagine how our lives might have been better with her in it instead of dying so young.
Bert Elsa Roby (1870 - 1944)
Lettie Frances Williams Roby (1881 - 1968)
Henry Lorain Leppla (1899 - 1966)
Henry Leppla (1927 - 2013)*
Nellie Pearl Roby (1898 - 1908)*
Ruth Malissa Roby Leppla (1900 - 1935)
Mabel Fern Roby Grasmoen (1902 - 1931)*
Dorrys Cathryn Roby Hess (1907 - 1943)*
Marjorie Lou Roby Hayes (1915 - 2003)*
David Franklin Roby (1927 - 1990)*
Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery
Maintained by: Mary Leppla 53
Originally Created by: Carl Steiger
Record added: Jul 10, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54768588