Ruby Pearl Ely
Ruby Pearl Ely, age 103, of Lee’s Summit, MO, formerly of Hamilton, passed away on April 6, 2020, at a healthcare center in Lee’s Summit. She lived in Hamilton and Caldwell County most of her life.
Ruby was born on Dec. 31, 1916, near Cowgill, to Charles M. and Addie (Stephens) Miller. She attended high school in Cowgill during the Great Depression and later went back to school to earn her GED. She was a housewife and also sold Avon for many years.
She was baptized at the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ, southeast of Hamilton. She was a very active member of the Caldwell County Historical Society and worked doing many hours of research for the society. Ruby recorded a broadcast for the Cameron radio station, which was played each Sunday morning sharing Caldwell County historical events and history of families who lived in the county.
Ruby married G. A. Ely on Dec. 30, 1933, in Lexington. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded by her parents; son, George M. Ely; one grandson, Frankie McClelland; brother, Stephen Miller; and two sisters, Edith Alspach and Dorothy Diment.
Survivors include her daughters, Marcia (Robert) Wagner of Littleton, CO, Joyce (Kenneth) Larman of Tucson, AZ, Jane McClelland of Amarillo, TX, and Alice Eastin of Independence; 13 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 31 great great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Inge Ely of Hamilton; sister, Ellen Sprouse of Smithville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Interment will be at the Highland Cemetery in Hamilton. The family will hold a private graveside service at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Caldwell County Historical Society. Arrangements are under the direction of Bram Funeral Home in Hamilton.