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Ruby M. (Cook) Stroder

November 27, 1922 ~ July 30, 2020 (age 97)


Ruby M. Stroder, 97, of Whitewater, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2020, at Jackson Manor Nursing Home.

She was born November 27, 1922, in Whitewater, to Emery D. and Amelia Blumenberg Cook.  She was a graduate of the former Maple Grove School in Whitewater and was a lifelong member of Zion Methodist Church in Gordonville.  She and W. Glenn Stroder were married November 24, 1956.  Three children were born to their union.

The Stroder family resided many years in Granite City, Illinois, where Glenn worked as an engineer/switchman for National Steel.  Ruby enjoyed tending to her family.  Her favorite tasks were cooking, baking, sewing, and quilting.  After Glenn’s retirement, they returned to Whitewater and attended Bethlehem General Baptist Church.  They had been married 45 years when he passed away January 29, 2002.   After Glenn’s passing, Ruby enjoyed attending Whitewater Methodist Church with her daughter, Bonnie.

Loving survivors include three children, Randy (Susan) Stroder of Troy, Illinois, Bonnie Stroder of Whitewater, Connie (Eric) Waltenberger of Edwardsville, Illinois; five grandchildren: Jason (Chantelle) Stroder of Troy; Ashleigh Stroder of Collinsville; Jessica (Richard) Jones of Collinsville; Nathan (Erin) Stroder of Whitewater; and Wyatt Waltenberger of Maryville, Illinois; and three great-grandchildren, Braelyn Benefield, Jaxon and Greyson Stroder.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, six siblings:  Roy, Leslie, and Edward Cook, Edna Wendel, Stella Willer, and Emma Hartmann; and an infant brother.

Visitation is from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, August 2, 2020, at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

Funeral service will be at at 10 a.m., Monday, August 3, 2020, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Don Kuehle officiating.  Burial will follow at Zion Methodist Cemetery in Gordonville, Mo, where Ruby will be laid to rest beside Glenn.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to Whitewater Methodist Church, Zion Methodist Church in Gordonville, or Crown Hospice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on the TRIBUTE WALL tab of Ruby’s personal obituary page at

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August 2, 2020

12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
McCombs Funeral Home, Inc.
McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center
640 West Independence
Jackson, MO 63755

Funeral Service
August 3, 2020

10:00 AM
McCombs Funeral Home, Inc.
McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center
640 West Independence
Jackson, MO 63755

Interment following funeral service

Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery
3652 State Highway Z
Gordonville, MO 63701

Please note
Rev. Don Kuehle officiating.


Whitewater United Methodist Church, Whitewater, Missouri
159 Church Street, Whitewater MO 63785

Zion United Methodist Church - Gordonville
3652 State Highway Z, Cape Girardeau MO 63701
Tel: 1-573-243-8025

Crown Hospice
2848 Professional Court, Cape Girardeau MO 63703
Tel: 1-573-335-4800

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