Ruby Fern O’Malley, 102, of Lee’s Summit, formerly of Blue Springs, was born, July 26, 1918, in Louisburg, Missouri, the daughter of Cecil and Nellie (Prousch) Reynolds. She departed this life, Wednesday, December 9, 2020, at the John Knox Village Care Center.
Ruby moved out to Western Kansas at an early age and moved to Adrian, Missouri as a teenager. She was a 1936 Adrian High School graduate.
In 1966 she was united in marriage to Charles E. O’Malley; he preceded her in death on April 15, 1986.
Ruby and Charles owned and operated the O’Malley’s Outlet Clothing stores in Kansas City. She had also worked for a period of time at Bendex. She was a gifted seamstress and made many wonderful quilts. She was a former member of the St. Roberts Bellarmine Catholic Church in Blue Springs and was currently a member of Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church in Lee’s Summit. She enjoyed making porcelain dolls and was a member of the Mid-America Doll Club; she won numerous awards for her creations.
Ruby was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Cecil Reynolds and Floyd Reynolds; one sister, Edna Ferris; her stepson, Michael O’Malley; and her step-daughter, Patty Ruth.
She is survived by her daughter, Donna Chase of Union, Missouri; stepdaughter, Sharon (and Fred) Zang of Kansas City, Missouri; stepson-in-law, Bill Ruth of Greenwood, Missouri; stepdaughter-in-law, Mary Jo O’Malley of Greenwood; two grandchildren, Mark (and Rhonda) Chase and Krista (and James) Eckelhamp; eleven step-grandchildren, Sean (and Angie) O’Malley, Dennis O’Malley, Chelcie O’Malley, William (and Patricia) Ruth, Jr., David Ruth, Gretchen (and Danny) Ware, Brett (and Jami) Gamper, Brad (and Gina Riekhof) Gamper, Craig (and Mary) Sparks, Brian (and Tina) Sparks, and Amelia Zang; other relatives and friends.
Private burial will be in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kansas City. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com
Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550