Ruby J. Numon, 95, Scottsbluff

Ruby J. Numon, 95, of Scottsbluff passed away August 28, 2012 at The Residency. As per Ruby's request cremation has taken place.

A celebration of Ruby's life will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 2, 2012 at The Residency, with Pastor Brad Gustafson officiating.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 101 East 20th Street, Scottsbluff, Nebraska 69361 or Northfield Retirement Communities,2100 Circle Drive, Scottsbluff, Nebraska 69361 .

Ruby was born June 10, 1917 to William and Lora (Davis) Barnwell in Lisco, Nebraska. Ruby had wonderful memories of growing up in this small Nebraska town with her sister, Fern Ella and older brother, Glenn. She graduated from Lisco High School in 1935. She moved to Chadron, NE to attend school, and then to Lincoln, NE to become a cosmetologist, graduating in 1938. Her first job was in a beauty shop in Scottsbluff.

Ruby met her husband, Cecil Numon, on the dance floor in Scottsbluff. They married on June 9, 1941 in Lisco, NE and continued dancing together throughout their entire marriage! Cecil passed away on October 25, 1995. They were married for 54 years. They were blessed with two children, Babette and Jerry.

World War II began shortly after Ruby and Cecil were married. As part of the war effort, they moved to Richmond, California to work in the Kaiser shipyard where they both worked as welders on the troop carriers for the Navy. We called Ruby, "Rosie the Riverter". It was in Richmond that their daughter, Babette was born.

The family moved back to Scottsbluff in 1945 and Cecil began working with his father, Sam Numon, in Numon's City Market at 20 East 16th Street. Eventually, he and Ruby bought the store and ran it until 1965. Many members of the Numon family worked there thru 5 decades. In the latter years, Numon's City Market was known for handling unique specialty items that Ruby managed.

Her family was always of utmost importance to Ruby. From her years spent as a Cub Scout Den Mother for son, Jerry and Bluebird leader for daughter, Babette, to attending decades of recitals, lessons, school and sporting events, and church events for her children and grandchildren.

Ruby and Cecil moved to The Residency in 1993. After Cecil passed away, Ruby remained there where she enjoyed the fellowship of the residents. She continued to live independently until 2009 when she moved to Northfield Villa Assisted Living facility. She has been at the Care Center at The Residency for the past 7 months.

Ruby was a gracious, strong and generous lady with a beautiful smile and great sense of humor. She loved to travel and see new places. With her family and later with her husband, and friends – they traveled the highways and byways of the United States and Canada visiting numerous scenic and interesting places. They loved cruising, as well. Ruby was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church in Scottsbluff; she belonged to several church circles, taught Sunday school, and is a past member of Eastern Star. She loved reading, playing bridge, doing needlepoint and crossword puzzles.

Ruby is survived by her daughter Babette (Tom)Frazier of Fort Collins, CO; son, Jerry Numon of Torrington, WY; sister, Fern Ella Barger of Scottsbluff; grandchildren, Justin (Jennifer) Frazier of McKinney, TX, Derek (Taryn) Frazier of Fort Collin, CO, and Mandi (Dusty) Williams of Loveland, CO; great-grandchildren, Zachary, Brandon, and Dylan Frazier of McKinney, TX, Colton,Dalton and Jaycee Williams of Loveland, CO and Katelyn Frazier of Fort Collins, CO; and sister-in-laws, Betty Nix of Amarillo, TX, Polly Hansen of Las Vegas, NV, and Helen Heller of Cypress, CA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil; her parents; brother, Glenn (Blanch) Barnwell; sister, Erma Barnwell; nephew Dr. Robert Barnwell; sister-in-laws, Ruby and Marie Numon and Jennie David; and brother-in-laws Eddie and James Numon.

There are some people in the world who are special; and make the world better, because of them life is more beautiful. Thank you, Mother, for the wonderful life and precious memories.

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