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Ruby McCallum - March 02, 2014


Ruby Alma Wasson McCallum was born Oct. 3, 1921, in Kit Carson to Wilfred and Alta Bell Wasson. She died March 2, 2014.

She grew up on a farm with three brothers and two sisters. She completed the eighth grade in a country school south of Stratton.

She was married to Orval Rasmussen in October 1937 after she reached her 16th birthday. They farmed in Kit Carson County until 1956 when they moved to Holyoke. Orval continued to do farmwork, and Ruby went to work as a school cafeteria cook. She loved her job and greeted the students with a smile and warm, fresh baked goods.

She loved playing bingo and other card games with friends and neighbors. She always seemed to have a way to make guests feel at home, even when they showed up right before dinner. Ruby was an ardent supporter of her sons in the many activities they pursued. She was always willing to embroider a quilt for someone’s baby if they only would ask and send her an announcement.

In September 1973, she and Charles McCallum were married, and they lived south of Haxtun for a number of years before settling in the town of Haxtun. They were always willing to take a trip to visit the sons and grandchildren. She put her faith in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and trusted Him with her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles McCallum; her parents; three brothers, Archie, Elgie, and Clarence and wife Pat Wasson; two sisters, Hazel Mitchem and Opal Mclean; former husband, Orval Rasmussen; and son, Ronald Rasmussen.

She is survived by her three sons, Wayne and wife Virginia Rasmussen, of Wray, Richard Rasmussen of Grass Valley, Calif., and Alvin and wife Ruth Rasmussen of Bagley, Minn.; 10 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

Visitation was scheduled for Thursday, March 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Baucke Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held Friday, March 7 at 11 a.m. at Baucke Funeral Chapel in Holyoke with Alvin Rasmussen officiating. The burial will follow later that afternoon at the Vona Cemetery in Vona.

Baucke Funeral Home is directing the service.