Ruby Jewell Willis, 101, passed away on July 18, 2015 at the Life Care Center of Skagit Valley.
She was born on June 7, 1914 in Board Camp, Arkansas, the eldest of nine children of Ode & Belle (Robbins) Cook. She grew up in the Black Springs, AR picking cotton and caring for her younger siblings.
On February 1, 1930 Ruby was united in marriage to Raymond Willis in Black Springs. In the mid 1930’s they moved to McCreary, WA, later moving to Skagit County living in Anacortes before moving to Kennewick for a few years. In 1953 they returned to the Skagit Valley living in Burlington until Ray’s retirement in 1960 when they moved to Day Creek where they operated a berry farm.
Ruby enjoyed crocheting, cooking, canning, gardening, her flowers and will be remembered for her fried chicken, cornbread and sweet pickles.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, Larry & Arlene Willis of Clear Lake, Ruby & Ellis Buchanan of Clear Lake, Priscilla & Bob Johnson of Burlington and Linda Willis of Mount Vernon; grandchildren, Randy Buchanan (Linda), Debbie Waite (Brian), Pam Willis, Patty Bacus, Connie Hanowell (Steve), Bobbie Johnson (Julie), Terri Thompson (Terry), Brody Willis (Carla), John Willis (Lela), Jodi Dynes (Mike), Larry Willis, Casey Rae, Sheila Rae, Corrie Blackstock Cornelison (Greg) and several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, several sisters, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ray; two daughters, Nelda Schimke and Sharon Jones; one sister and one brother.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm at the Sedro-Woolley Union Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.