Ruby Afreda (Milliken) Mann

(October 20, 1890 - November 6, 1965)

The Harrison Sun
November 18, 1965

Last Rites Held For Ruby Mann

Last rites for Mrs. Ruby Mann, who died November 6 at the Crawford Hospital, were held at Memorial Methodist Church in Harrison Tuesday afternoon with Rev. James Keith officiating. Burial was in the Harrison Cemetery.

Mrs. Robert Todd was organist for the service and accompanied Mrs. Gerald Kennedy of Chadron as she sang "In The Garden" and "The Old Rugged Cross".

Pall bearers were Harold Skavdahl, Pat Corbin, Joe Nunn, Ted King, Frank Cherry, and John Bixler.

Members of the Eastern Star Lodge presented a memorial service. The Houston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. A memorial has been established to Memorial Methodist Church.

Out-of-town friends here for the service were Mr. and Mrs. John Bixler and Mrs. Edna Bixler of Scottsbluff, Mrs. Marshall Deimer of Lusk, Mrs. Grace Parsons from Crawford, Kenneth Bixler, Denver.

Mrs. Mann had written her own obituary and had attached to it the Longfellow poem, "There is a Reaper," to be read at her funeral. The obituary as she wrote it follows:

Ruby Afreda Milliken was born Oct. 20, 1890 at Council Bluffs, Iowa, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Milliken. Her father died before she was two years old and Ruby grew to womanhood with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Royal Amy at Council Bluffs.

On April 12, 1912 she came west to Harrison and filed on a homestead south of Harrison. She taught school while proving up on her homestead. The year after she proved up she married John E. Mann and to this union two children were born; Robert Edgar Mann who lives on the Mann ranch on the Niobrara River, and Joice L. Arnold of Burlingame, Calif. Robert Mann has four children, John, Bill, Julie and Debra; Joice has three children, Jeb, Shari Rae, and Sandra Kae.

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