Ruby N. Decker, 97, of Jackson, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau.

She was born November 21, 1919, in Cora, Illinois, to Bryan and Nettie Bradley Grosvenor.  She and George F. Decker were married November 24, 1938.  They briefly resided near Chester, Illinois, moving to Jackson in 1939.  Five children were born to their union, and they had been married 51 years when George passed away April 1, 1990.

Ruby was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Jackson and a longtime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson, where she was active in the Ladies Guild, Choir and J.O.Y. Group.

In addition to being a devoted wife, mother, homemaker, fabulous cook, and caregiver, Ruby was a successful Avon Representative.  For many years, she and George operated the former Decker News Agency in Jackson.  The entire family helped deliver the daily editions of the St. Louis Globe and St. Louis Post Dispatch newspapers in the Jackson area.

Ruby had an infectious smile and a special knack for brightening the lives of those around her.  The past five years, she enjoyed making new friends while residing in Assisted Living East at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau,

Loving survivors include four children, Larry (Diane) Decker and Lisa (Bob) Moses, both of Jackson, Martha (John) Freeze of Cape Girardeau, and Steven “Steve” (Lorraine “Lori”) Decker of Eureka, Missouri; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren; and a sister, Bernice Ragsdale of Arnold, Maryland.

She was preceded in death by her husband; and a son, Maj. Richard “Dick” Decker.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 21, 2017, from 9 a.m. to service time, at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

The funeral will be Saturday, January 21, 2017, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home, with the Rev.  Joshua Schmidt officiating.

A committal service will be held Saturday, January 21, 2017, at approximately 1:15 p.m., at Saint John’s Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Chester, Illinois.

If choosing to give a memorial, the family suggests the Radio Broadcast Fund of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson or Glenn Cemetery in Jackson County, Illinois.

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  1. Martha and Verlin Mangels

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Larry and Diane, and your family.

    Verlin and Martha

  2. Gaye Laird

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Ruby was a sweet lady. My boys and I have many fond memories of the “4 grandmas” playing cards at Mary’s house. My sons considered Mary’s friends a bonus when they were at her house. Ruby seemed to be as happy to see them as if they were her own grandkids. You are all in my prayers as you lay her to rest.

  3. Cindy

    To the Decker family
    Ruby was a very special lady. I lived on North High until 2003 & our back yards joined. We had many nice long talks outside in our gardens. Thinking of you .

    Cindy Rigdon, Angela & Kyla

  4. Rowdy Jones

    Dear Lisa and the entire Decker Family,
    This is sent with my deepest sympathy in regards to the passing of your beloved mother.
    It is my honor to have known such a wonderful lady. I can not recall one time, not seeing a smile on your mother’s face. She was a very special lady. Thank you all for sharing her with the rest of us in Jackson.

    Always remember the good times, hold them next to your heart and cherish them forever.
    May God give you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

    Rowdy Jones

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