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A very civic minded woman Ruby Taber, a resident of Caldwell, Idaho, for over 50 years, passed away of natural causes Sunday, Sept. 9, at a local hospital. Funeral services will be held Monday, September 17, at 2 p.m. at Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell, with viewing at the chapel on Sunday, Sept. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment will be at Canyon Hill Cemetery, Caldwell, Idaho.
Ruby was born in Ben Davis, Missouri, on February 4, 1916 to Alice and LaVell Hatman. At age 3, her father died and her mother later married William Sanders and Ruby became the older sister of what would become nine children.
Ruby’s introduction to Caldwell came in 1937 when the family came west seeking employment. After returning to Missouri she met and married William D. Taber on June 22, 1940 and they remained a devoted couple for over 65 years. Bill and Ruby were married until his death on December 5, 2005.
Bill and Ruby moved to Twin Falls in 1945 and to Caldwell in 1956 where Ruby worked at the Falk’s ID Store. Ruby was a member of the First Christian Church of Caldwell and Dorcus Circle of the church.
Ruby was a very civic minded woman working and belonging to a number of fraternal organizations. She was a devoted member for 52 years of the Order of The Eastern Star where she served Hermosa Chapter #32 of Caldwell as Worthy Matron in 1968 and was secretary for 25 years. She also served the Grand Chapter of Idaho OES in many capacities, including Grand Representative of Nova Scotia in Idaho. She loved and was intensively interested in the welfare of our youth, especially girls, as evidenced by her serving as Guardian of Bethel #8 International Order of Job’s Daughters of Caldwell and as Grand Guardian of The International Order of Job’s Daughters of Idaho when she had no children of her own.
Ruby was also a member of Iris Temple #40 Boise Daughters of the Nile and Gem of the Mountain #5 Rebekah Lodge of Caldwell serving as the Noble Grand and was a former member of PEO.
Even though failing health the last few years limited her activities, Ruby was always interested and kept in touch with activities in and around Caldwell and at Autumn Wind, where she was a resident, as well as the Taber and Sanders Families.
Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, William D. Taber; her parents, Alice and William Sanders; her father, LaVell Hatman; her brother, Howard H. Hatman of OK; and sisters, Jewel Sanders of Washington, DC and Paulyne Molyneux of Idaho Falls, ID.
Surviving siblings and their families are: Opal (Bill) Hummel, Idaho Falls, ID; Josephine Peterson, Buffalo, MO; Reola (Charles) Vail, Eagle, ID; Robert J. Sanders, St. Petersburg, FL; and Melvin (Leona) Sanders, Wichita, KS.
Ruby will be missed by her many friends and associates and especially by her siblings and their families.
Memorials in Ruby’s name may be given to the Eastern Star Scholarship Fund, c/o Sec. Mary Confer, Hermosa Chapter #32, 20501 Trial Lane, Caldwell, ID 83607; Caldwell Christian Church, 3223 E Ustick Rd, Caldwell, ID 83605; Shriners Children Hospital, Fairfax Rd at Virginia St, Salt Lake City, UT 84103-4399.