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Mount Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, October 20, 2007

OBITUARY - RUBY ELINOR (BICKEL) O'CONNOR

Ruby Elinor (BICKEL) O'CONNOR was born February 18, 1919 in Litchfield, Nebraska to Henry Carl and Katherine Mable (SHEEHAN) BICKEL. During the Dust Bowl Era her family moved to Mount Ayr, Iowa where she met her husband, Maurice Griffin O'CONNOR Jr. They were married fifty-one years and to this union were born four children: Jane, Pat, Norma, and Jim. Ruby was a long-time resident of Blockton, Iowa and later moved to Bedford and then New Market, Iowa, where she resided until April of 2007 when she moved to Goldenrod Manor in Clarinda due to recent deteriorating health. She passed away at Goldenrod Manor Thursday, September 13, 2007.

Ruby was a loving housewife, mother and grandmother. After raising her children, she furthered her education and became a licensed practical nurse. she worked at the Page County Home and for several years at the Bedford Nursing Home.

In the past Ruby and her husband owned Cloverly Stock Farms in Blockton, Iowa. Ruby always had a large garden and did much canning. She will be remembered for her good home cooking and pie baking, never using a recipe. She had a love for flowers and other hobbies including hand embroidering and latch hooking.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Maurice Griffin O'CONNOR, Jr.; brother, Fritz BICKEL and his wife fern; brother Bill BICKEL; sisters, Ruth DAVIS and her husband Russell and Katherine WIEST and her husband Harland; brother, Floyd BICKEL; sister, Frances SHUMAN and husband Clarie; brother-in-law, Larry WENTZ; son-in-law, Michael WILMES and grandson, Jason Alan WILMES.

Ruby is survived by children, Maurine Jane and Gerald LARSON of Grayling, Michigan, Maurice Griffin (Pat) O'CONNOR of New Market, Iowa, Norma Jean WILMES of New Market, Iowa, and James Edward and Selma O'CONNOR of Blockton, Iowa; sisters, Blanche BICKEL of Omaha, Nebraska, Norma WEEHLER and husband Lee of Benton, Iowa, and Edna WENTZ of Atwater, California; sisters-in-law, Mildred BICKEL of Mount Ayr, Iowa, and Lisa BICKEL of Glen Burnie, Maryland; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Services were held Monday, September 17, 2007, at Memory Cemetery, New Market, with Rev. Dan WIEBESEIK officiating. Memorials are suggested to New Market United Methodist Church or Page County Cancer Socity. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home of Clarinda was in charge of arrangements.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2012

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