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Ruby M. Jewell

PALISADE — Ruby May Jewell, 98, of Palisade, died Friday, April 22, 2011 at her home.

She was born May 2, 1912, near Hebron in Aitkin County to pioneer parents Charles and Pearl (Nix) Lamke. She attended first through fifth grade by boarding out at Bain, Swatara, and Glory. She attended sixth through the eighth grade on an abandon homestead in a one room log house near the Lamke homestead. In her teens she worked at Wades Resort and then was a cook at a logging camp. Ruby was united in marriage to Joseph A. Reich on May 2, 1930. They moved to a 40 acre farm seven miles from where Ruby grew up. In 1945 Joseph passed away due to complications from a logging accident. Ruby was united in marriage to friend and neighbor Joseph C. Jewell on April 17, 1946. Together they purchased 300 acres adjoining Ruby’s original 40 acres. In 1968 they moved to Rossburg and spent their retirement years on their hobby farm. Ill health required them to give up the farm and they moved to Brainerd. After regaining their health, they volunteered at Brainerd State Hospital and Bethany Nursing Home in arts and crafts. They also assisted in getting 30 patients to Sunday church services. They made many beautiful and lasting friendships during these years. After eight years they moved back to Aitkin where their home became well known as the flower place. In 2000 they moved out of town to their nephews home on Old River Road where they again had many plants and animals.

Ruby is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Darlene (Reich) and Al Seguin of Aitkin, Carol (Reich) and Ben O’Brien of Swatara, Shirley (Jewell) and Roger Musil of Newtonsville, Ohio; brothers and sisters Myrtle (Lamke) Davis of Oregon; Albert Lamke of Nebraska, Orvin Lamke of Michigan, Roland Lamke of Minnesota, Pearl (Lamke) Welcome of Minnesota, Janette (Lamke) Watson of Minnesota; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; beloved son Joseph E. Reich; infant daughter Beryl Reich; husbands Joseph A. Reich and Joseph C. Jewell; brothers Philip, Malvin, infant Demoline, Archie, Francis “Fritz”, Calvin, Earl “Bud” and Ronny. 

Visitation will be one hour prior to the 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2011, funeral service at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Rev. David Becker will officiate. Burial will be in Hebron Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.