Services for Ruby Lea Alford, 91, of Topeka, formerly of Peru, Kansas, who passed away Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022, were 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, at Sedan United Methodist Church.
Visitation began at noon with the service following. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery.
She was born Oct. 2, 1931, in Osage County, Oklahoma, to Elim and Josephine Wright (Fox) Darnall. She graduated from Peru High School in 1949.
Ruby was a cashier at Floyd’s Supermarket in Sedan, where she worked with four generations of the Floyd family, taking a leave of absence in 2003 to care for her husband, Leonard. She was still negotiating her retirement date.
She was a lifetime member of Peru United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, and Extension Homemaker Unit. She also was a Brownie leader while her daughters were in Girl Scouts.
Ruby married Charles Leonard “Punkin” Alford on Nov. 23, 1950, in Dearing, Kansas. He preceded her in death on Dec. 22, 2007.
Survivors include her children, Cheryl McMillan of Peru, Kansas; Charles W. Alford of Topeka; Myrta Billings of Marion; and Dawna Alford of Pittsburg, Kansas; sister Nedra Holroyd of Topeka; 10 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.
She also was also preceded in death by her parents, infant son William Alford, and siblings, Elizabeth V. Ringle, Charles B. Darnall, Walter E. Darnall, Omer F. Darnall, Comer R. Darnall, Twila J. Boyer, Elwin G. Darnall, and Philip E. Darnall.
Ruby enjoyed collecting proud, colorful roosters; reading; cooking; completing the Reader’s Digest Word Power; and listening to Paul Harvey while she enjoyed her lunch at the park.
She always had a smile on her face and a cat on her lap.
Ruby cherished spending time with her family and spoiling her grandkids.
Memorial contributions may be made to Chautauqua County Animal Shelter or Peru Educational Scholarship Fund in care of Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, 1321 SW 10th Ave, Topeka KS 66604.
To leave a message for Ruby’s family, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.