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 Lucilla Virginia “Lucy” <I>Kieffer</I> Ruebush

Lucilla Virginia “Lucy” Kieffer Ruebush

Warm Springs, Bath County, Virginia, USA
Death 23 Jul 1919 (aged 76)
Dayton, Rockingham County, Virginia, USA
Burial Dayton, Rockingham County, Virginia, USA
Plot Row 005
Memorial ID 58085654 · View Source
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Obituary provided by Marlin Diehl 21 Mar 2011

Mrs. Lucilla Virginia Ruebush, wife of Ephraim Ruebush and mother of Captain William H. and Prof. James H. Ruebush, died yesterday morning at her home in Dayton, the day being the seventy- sixth anniversary of her birth.

Mrs. Ruebush was endowed with a strong and vigorous constitution, and had enjoyed almost uninterrupted good health until about six months ago. The period since then has been one of invalidism, a rheumatic affliction being the immediate cause of ill health. For several weeks she had been confined to her room and at times was in much pain. But the last hours of this life were peaceful and without suffering.

Lucilla Virginia Keiffer was a daughter of John and Mary (Funk) Keiffer who were natives of Rockingham, but had moved before her birth to Saline County, Missouri, a region then on the very frontier of white settlement, it was while the parents were on their way to revisit Virginia that she was born at Warm Springs in this state, July 23, 1843. They returned to Missouri, where Mr. Funk died about 1847. The widow then came back to Virginia with her children, and made her home at Singer's Glen with Joseph Funk, her father.

Miss Keiffer married Ephraim Ruebush March 28, 1861. The war between North and South broke out a few months later. Mrs. Ruebush was one of the first women in Virginia to pass through the military lines. It was for the purpose of joining her husband in Mineral County. In the fall of 1865 the couple returned to Singer's Glen and continued to live there until 1877, when they removed to Dayton, which has ever since been their home.

There remain one brother and one sister; Dollin Keiffer, of Ewing Indiana, and Mrs. Annie Kirkpatrick of Harrisonburg, Virginia. Mrs. Ruebush is also survived by the aged husband, Ephraim Ruebush, now eighty-six years of age; by four sons: L. Edgar, James H., William H., and Joseph K., all of Dayton, and by two daughters, Mrs. W. L. Andrews and Mrs. J. M. Andrews, both of Roanoke, Virginia. During a married life of more than fifty-eight years the death messenger never entered the Ruebush home. There are twenty-five living grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Joseph Funk, the maternal grandfather of Mrs. Ruebush, was one of Rockingham's greatest men. He was a scholar, author, educator, and a publisher of sacred music. To be reared in such a home, although it was by no means an abode of luxury, was in itself an excellent educator. The gift of music and versification, with which Joseph Funk was endowed, was inherited by the granddaughter, and by her brother, the late Aldine S. Keiffer, who died in Dayton fifteen years ago, the best known poet of the Shenandoah Valley. This gift has in turn been passed on to two sons of Mrs. Ruebush, James H., and William H., so well known as musicians and teachers of music both in the Valley of Virginia and outside of its confines.

Mrs. Ruebush was a woman of most pleasing personality. She was cheerful and looked on the bright side of life. She was kind and sociable and friendly with all. As a housekeeper she was industrious, practical, and efficient. She was a lover of flowers, and further than this, she had an unusual appreciation of the esthetics of life. She was greatly interested in civic as well as religious matters, and had the courage of her convictions never being afraid to denounce anything she believed to be wrong.

The intellectual faculties of Mrs. Ruebush were much above the average. While her educational opportunities were simply those of the old field schools of her girlhood, she enjoyed the inestimable advantage of free access to her grandfather's library and also the stimulus that comes with a publishing within easy reach.

In early womanhood Mrs. Ruebush joined the United Brethren Church, of which she has ever since been a consistant and useful member. Her faith in God's providence was such as to leave no room for questioning. She was a close student of the Bible, and her familiarity with its sacred pages was extra ordinary. Furthermore, she was a pioneer in the Women's Christian Temperance Union, and was greatly interested in mission work.

The funeral will be held from the Dayton United Brethren Church this (Thursday) afternoon at 4 o'clock. Services will be conducted by Rev. A. S. Hammack, D. D.

THE DAITLY NEWS-RECORD Thursday July 24, 1919

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Gravesite Details Informaton from Harrisonburg-Rockingham Tombstone Project--w/Ephriam, d/Adline S. & Elizabeth J. Hammon Kieffer




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