Obituary Details

Ruby Isabell Sides

(03/03/1882 - 05/03/1972)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 05/11/1972

Mrs. Ruby Sides 70-yr. Resident Funeral Held

Mrs. Ruby Sides, 90, whose lifetime spanned the covered wagon to the jet age died May 3 at Clovis, N.M. Funeral service was held at the Peet Chapel in Lusk Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Mrs. Sides had been a resident of Niobrara County over 70 years.

The Rev. Fred Bolinger of the Baptist Church conducted the service. Russell Olmsted sang, "The Old Rugged Cross" and "How Great Thou Art" accompanied by Mrs. Judson Watson, organist. Burial was in the Lusk Cemetery.

Honorary pall bearers were Art Thompson, Ray Christian, Harlan Lohr, Emil Williams, Andy Christian, John Siemsen, Julian Phipps, Bob Fancher, Rex Shoults, John Hammond, Leslie ZumBrunnen, Joe Traphagan and Mike Chard.

Casket bearers were Ralph Sides, John Sides, Clayton Sides, Wayne Sides, Joe McCullough, Rex Groves, Bobby Sides and Earl Sides.

Ruby Isabell Grant was born at Milburn, Dallas County, Iowa, March 3, 1882. In early childhood the family moved to Western Nebraska and she attended school there. In 1895 the family moved to Kansas and in the summer of 1897 she came to Wyoming to work at the Van Tassell Ranch as a cook. Her brother was the foreman at the ranch.

November 23, 1898, she married Stewart G. Sides at Joseph Sides ranch in Lone Tree, Dawes County, Neb. They moved to the Sunnyside Community north of Van Tassell, living there until the spring of 1913 when they bought the Phillip Freeze place at Kirtley where they lived until 1944 when she moved to Lusk after Mr. Sides' death. Lusk was her home but she lived with her daughter Mrs. Robert (Ida Mae) Gay in Clovis, N. M. since 1960, spending summers periodically in Lusk.

Survivors include four sons Ray, Smithwick, S.D., Scott, Lusk, Stewart, Lance Creek, and Harry, Kirtley; four daughters Mrs. Tom (Hazel) McCullough, Lusk, Mrs. Bob (Mable) Hardman, Craig, Colo., Mrs. Jim (Esther) Groves, Lance Creek and Mrs. Robert (Ida Mae) Gay, Clovis; one brother Roy Grant, Chadron. There are 28 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great- grandchildren. Her husband and three sons, Ralph, Earl, and Clarence died previously.

The Lusk Herald
May 4, 1972
Ruby Sides Dies This Wednesday

Mrs. Ruby Sides, 90, died Wednesday morning at Clovis, N. M. The date of the funeral service which will be held at the Peet Chapel in Lusk was pending at the Herald's press time.

Mrs. Sides has been living with a daughter Mrs. Robert (Ida Mae) Gay at Clovis. Children living in the Lusk area are Mrs. Tom (Hazel) McCullough, Lusk, Mrs. Jim (Esther) Groves, Lance Creek, Stewart Sides, Lance Cteek and Scott and Harry Sides both of Lusk.

Other children are Ray Sides, Smithwick, S. D., Mrs. Bob (Mabel) Hardman, Craig, Colo. She is also survived by one brother Ray Grant, Chadron.

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