Ruby Lenore Hall - Westensee Austin, Texas


July 18, 1919 – July 7, 2017

Ruby Westensee died July 7, 2017, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Lynette and Tom Fisk.  Ruby was born on a farm near Bruce on July 18, 1919, to Alma and Leonard Hall.  She attended a rural school during her elementary years. She graduated from Volga High School.  She then went to General Beadle College and earned her teachers certificate.  She taught for three years in a rural school near her home. 

She met and fell in love with Alvin Westensee.  They were married on Nov. 9, 1940. They lived on a farm outside of Arlington for six years.  During this time, they had two daughters, Adell Lenore, born 1943; and Gayle Noreene, born 1946.  They moved to Clear Lake.  Two more children were born in Clear Lake--Richard William, born 1952; and Lynette Kay, born 1954. 

 The family moved to Sioux Falls in 1957.  She graduated from nursing school and worked as an psychiatric nurse for a number of years. They attended the First Baptist Church where Ruby became a deaconess.  Ruby and Al retired and moved to Austin, Texas, in 1978.  Here she found a calling in women’s Bible studies both as teacher and a leader.  This ministry touched many lives.

 A constant throughout the years was her devotion to God and family.  She leaves behind her four children, five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Margie Hall.  Preceding her in death, is her husband Alvin, her brothers, Clarence, Wilbur, and Cecil and her granddaughter, Joy Theesfeld.

 A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on July 18, on what would have been her 98th birthday, at the Grace Outreach Family Church.  The church is located at 20808 TX-71, Spicewood, Texas  78669.

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