Ruby June Anderson (Hartley-Newman) of Rimbey, Alberta passed away at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at the age of 91 years.
Ruby was born on June 16, 1931 in Calgary, and moved with her parents and her brother Richard to a farm in Alhambra, Alberta where her sister Tilly was born. In 1944 the young family moved to Red Deer where Ruby finished school. She married the love of her life Roy “Chub” Newman in 1952, and they bought a farm seven miles southwest of Rimbey where they farmed together and raised two children; Roger born in 1953, and Karen born in 1956. Roy and his brother Buster owned a chuckwagon team, and Ruby would spend many hours after the races walking the horses along the Bow River. Sadly, Roy became ill and passed away in 1958 at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton at the age of 37 years. In 1960 Ruby married Clarence Anderson from Bentley, and they had a daughter, Della, born in 1962.
Ruby was a very hard-working woman. She was kept busy looking after her farm, raising three children, tending to a huge yard and garden, canning fruits and vegetables, and making homemade bread, buns, butter, and jam. She was a wonderful cook and baker, and no one would ever leave Ruby’s home hungry! She also looked after pigs, chickens, and ran a cow/calf operation. When her calves were sold every fall, Ruby would get top market prices. She was very proud of her cattle. Ruby also operated the concession at the Rimbey Auction Mart for almost thirty years, and the Rocky Auction Mart for seven years. She always had homemade meals and pies, and was known for her famous “Ruby Burger.” People would travel from all over, and the business owners in town would go to the Auction Mart for their lunch, just to have a delicious “Ruby Burger”!
Ruby was a kind soul, inside and out, and would always go out of her way to help others. She was very social, loved to visit, and also enjoyed going to bingo. Ruby took great pleasure in riding horses, especially with her brother Richard and his wife Helen. They experienced many good times camping and riding in the West Country. Ruby simply loved horses and hummingbirds, and her favourite flower was the pretty, fringe-petaled carnation! In 2011 Ruby endured very bad heat stroke, and her health slowly kept declining thereafter. In 2017 she suffered a stroke that paralyzed her left side, requiring 24 hour care. Ruby then resided in Long Term Care until her passing.
Ruby will be forever loved, and missed, and never forgotten by her three children: her son Roger (Sylvia) Newman of Misty Valley, Alberta; and her daughters Karen (Randy) Cross of Rimbey; and Della Anderson-Thebeau also of Rimbey; as well as six cherished grandchildren, and thirteen great grandchildren. She will also be missed by many other relatives and countless friends. Ruby was predeceased by her parents William and Elizabeth Hartley; her loving husband Roy Newman in 1958; her sister Tilly Riske in 2016; a precious great granddaughter Leaira Wilson (Cross) in 2018 at the tender age of five years; her brother Richard Hartley in 2021; and her husband Clarence Anderson in 2021.
With respect for Ruby’s wishes, no formal funeral service was held. If friends desire, memorial tributes in her memory may be made directly to STARS Air Ambulance, 1441 Aviation Park N.E., Box 570, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7 (www.stars.ca). Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page.
Cremation Arrangements for the Late Ruby June Anderson (Hartley-Newman) entrusted to the care of