OBITUARY - ALBERTA LOUISE (RUCKMAN) COLLIER
Alberta Louise RUCKMAN was born September 23, 1934 in Jefferson City, Missouri to Denzil and Bessie Faye RUCKMAN. Alberta
was the second child of four girls. They lived at Hatfield, Missouri and at the age of 10, Alberta's family moved to Mount
On January 21, 1957, Alberta was united in marriage to Wayne "Bud" COLLIER in Osceola, Iowa. With this union five children
One of her joys in life was her family. There wasn't anything she would not do for them. They were always her top priority.
She also enjoyed playing Bingo when her health permitted. Some of the other things Alberta enjoyed were fishing, card
games, especially Pitch, gardening and old country music. Alberta spent most of her adult life baking for people in Mount
Ayr and the surrounding towns. Alberta bought a restaurant in Tingley in August of 1992 where she enjoyed cooking, baking
and visiting with all of her customers.
Alberta found out she had bladder cancer on November 11, 1999. She had fought this disease for 16 months until it took her
life on March 15, 2001 in the home of her daughter Shelley and son-in-law Dave BOLLES, with her family and friends by her
Alberta was preceded in death by her husband Wayne "Bud" COLLIER on November 4, 1999; father Denzil RUCKMAN; mother Bessie
Faye BUCKNELL; sisters, Betty, Norma Jean and Patricia; brothers-in-law Mike PHILLIPS and Gary COLLIER; mother-in-law Lela
COLLIER; and father-in-law Roy COLLIER.
Alberta leaves behind her children and their familes: daughter Diana MURPHY and husband Buddy, granddaughters Christina
and Kimberly, great-grandchildren Matthew, Anna-lissa and Destiny, all of West Sacramento, California; son Mark COLLIER
of Denver, Colorado; daughter Shelley BOLLES and husband Dave, grandsons, Austin and Colton, all of Mount Ayr; son Jeffery
COLLIER and wife Diann, step-granddaughters Nicole and Shannon, son Douglas COLLIER, grandsons Camron and Nevin, all of
Kellerton; other relatives and a host of friends.
Her laughter and love will be greatly missed by all of us.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 18, 2001 at Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr with Reverend
Peter BRANTNER officiating. Musicians were Debbie CANNON, Mary TRULLINGER and Melanie KNAPP. Casket bearers were Raymond
HENSLEY, Steve SMITH, Bob BOLLES, Eric WALTER, Brett GEORGE and Rollie CANNON. Honorary pallbearers were Jim DENNEY,
Charlie MILLER, John CAMPBELL, John WORTHINGTON, Carroll GEIST and Francis "Bud" AYRES.
Alberta was laid to rest in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2010
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