Ruby Crowe - Brookings

March 21, 1921 - July 11, 2019

Ruby M. Crowe, age 98 of Brookings and formerly of Lake Norden, passed Thursday, July 11, 2019, at The Neighborhoods at Brookview. 

Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lake Norden.  Eidsness Funeral Home of Brookings is handling the arrangements. 

Ruby Marie Crowe was born on March 21, 1921, to Henry H. and Margaret Riter in Willow Lake. She lived on the farm with her parents and siblings, and as a teenager, she resided in Williow Lake during the winter months to attend Willow Lake High School.  She graduated in 1939. 

Ruby moved to the west coast in the fall of 1939; settling in the Los Angeles, CA area. She was united in marriage to Johnny B. Wallis, Jr. on Sept. 27, 1943, until his death the following year while serving the United States Army in WWII. 

On Jan. 26, 1952, Ruby was united in marriage to Raymond Starr Crowe in Phoenix, AZ, eventually making a permanent family residence in Los Angeles, CA. Ray and Ruby welcomed their daughter, Lisa Doreen Crowe in 1955. 

Leaving California in 1972, the Crowe family settled briefly in Cavalier, ND. Ruby enjoyed many years living at Lake Poinsett, in the home that she and Ray built together until Ray’s death in 1992.  Ruby moved into Lake Norden the following year, where she resided until moving into nursing home care in Brookings in 2018. 

Survivors include her daughter, Lisa (Randy) Pierce of Brookings; grandson, Josh (Danielle Johnson) Juntunen of Crookston, MN; granddaughter, Elisabeth Juntunen and great-granddaughter, Ella Rose McCaffrey of Sioux Falls; great-granddaughter, Tess Heidenreich of Faulkton; grandson, Colin (Lynda) Pierce and great-granchildren, Owen and Emma of Bruce; granddaughter, Rachel (Darin) Janes and great-grandson, Jacob of Hetland; sisters, Janet Jacobson of Dennison, IA, and Joyce Schoenbeck of Watertown; brothers, Lloyd (Margaret) Riter of Watertown, and Delbert (Sylvia) Riter of Lake Norden, as well as many cherished nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.


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