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Ruby Sammons

A golden heart stopped beating on March 3, 2011, at the Hans P. Peterson Hospital in Philip. Ruby Sammons, who was born August 24, 1917, the daughter of Ellis and Olga (Petersen) Albery, died leaving behind a family that dearly loved her.

Ruby received her education in Reliance and Hermosa, graduating from Reliance, S.D. Ruby and Floyd Sammons were married in Custer on March 24, 1935. They celebrated 72 years of marriage before Floyd passed away in 2007.

They lived in Minnesota, North Dakota and Nebraska, baling hay and later moved to Midland in 1948, which became their established residence. After selling their farm-ranch to their son Ronnie, they moved to Johnson Siding in the Black Hills, and spent their winters in Apache Junction, Ariz. For health reason, they sold their home in the hills and moved back to Midland in 2000.

Ruby was a game player - cards, slots, a game of any kind and she was happy. She was a wonderful cook and could bake anything. She cooked many meals for the hay crews over the years and it wasn't easy out on the prairie, but not a complainer. She thought of herself last, always. Still at 93, she was trying to wait on everyone, she was "tiny", but she was mighty.

Ruby was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland, the Midland American Legion Auxiliary, and a former member of the Bad River Extension Club.

Survivors include a son, Ronnie Sammons and his wife, Emily, of Midland; two daughters, Arlyne Markwed and her husband, Billy, of Midland, and JoAnne Quatier of Sioux Falls; nine grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Gene Albery and his wife, Delores, of Sabetha, Kan., and Robert Albery and his wife, Betty, of Virginia; a son-in-law, Joe Fosheim of Midland; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd M. Sammons, on April 7, 2007; a daughter, Shirley Fosheim; a son-in-law, Bob Quatier; a great-grandson, Devon Sammons; her parents; and two brothers, Virgil and Vern Albery.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 7, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland, with Pastor Frezil Westerlund officiating.

Music was provided by Scotti Block, pianist. Ushers were Gary Phillips and Gene Jones. Pallbearers were Bill Sammons, Mark Sammons, Brad Quatier, Dean Fosheim, T.J. Gabriel and Tanner Norman.

Interment was Monday at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

A memorial has been established.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip. An online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com