Ruby Phyllis Harms, 93, of Peabody, KS, was welcomed to Heaven September 1, 2023, with her family by her side. She was born to John and Eva Funk on September 9, 1929. She married the late Willard Harms August 17, 1956 and they started their family in Goessel, KS and eventually moved to Peabody, KS.
They had two sons, Ronald James and Michael Willard. After she stayed home raising the boys when they were little, Ruby went to college and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Tabor College. She had a passion for teaching and taught in Goessel, Lehigh, Florence and Peabody. In addition to teaching, she worked with Willard on the farm in all aspects of farm life. She was a very busy lady and didn’t sit still for long. After retiring from teaching she continued to do what she loved and was a substitute teacher in numerous school districts.
Ruby was loved and cherished by her children, grandchildren, family and friends. She was so sweet and kind to everyone. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren loved spending time with her working on the farm, playing games and baking. They knew and felt how much she loved them. She welcomed any opportunity to host family get-togethers at their residence during many holidays. She took care of her grandchildren as often as she could. She also had a love for flowers and planted flowers in the flower garden around the front of their house often. She was known to bring “Ruby Cookies” to the schools after she retired. “Ruby Cookies” were devoured by the teachers and staff at the local school districts.
Ruby is survived by her siblings: Elva Penner of Hesston, Lloyd Funk (Sue) of Hillsboro and Chet Funk (Betsy) of Reedley, CA ; sons: Ronald James of Peabody; Michael Willard (Cherri) of Manhattan. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Ruby was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Willard.
Viewing ceremony will be held on Thursday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Petersen Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life/Memorial Service will take place Friday, September 8 at 10:30 a.m. at the Grace Hill Mennonite Church.
Memorial contributions can be made out to Peabody Township Library and left in care of Petersen Family Funeral Home.