Ruby McAllister

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Ruby E. (Snedigar) McAllister, 95, Fargo passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at the Palliative Care Unit of Sanford Health, Fargo.

Ruby was born March 5, 1917 in DeSmet, South Dakota to Arthur and Florence (Mullen) Snedigar. She graduated from Huron High School in 1933. She attended Huron College before marrying J.L. McAllister on January 24, 1939. The couple moved to Valley City, North Dakota in 1939 where Ruby worked as a bookkeeper at the lumber yard. They lived in Walhalla, North Dakota and Langdon, North Dakota where her husband managed the Penny’s Stores. She moved to Fargo in January 2009 and resided there until her death.

Ruby is survived by her children; Connie (Don) Kilene, West Fargo, ND, Carol (Martin) Ness, Fargo, North Dakota, 5 grandchildren; John Kilene, Fargo, North Dakota, Jason Kilene, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Gene (Yamila) Kilene, Westminster, Colorado, Kate Ness, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Adam Ness, Fargo, North Dakota.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, J.L., seven siblings, Louis, Madeline, Florence, Bud, Bessie, Amy and Helen.

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  1. Grand Forks North Dakota
    Connie I am so sorry about the loss of your mother. My thought and prayers are with you and your family. Lou

  2. Grand Forks ND
    We share your sorrow. As former J.C. Penney people we enjoyed many years of attending Meetings and Gatherings with both Ruby and your Dad.

  3. Beulah North Dakota
    Connie, Carol

    We think of all the great times our mother’s had together. Ruby was such a “grand” lady. They shared such good times and laughter through the years.
    We think of her and you now. God Bless!- Gendreau Boys

  4. Fargo ND
    My deepest sympathy on the death of you dear mother. She was such a lovely lady and I’m sure you will all miss her. I often would see her when I was visiting at Riverview and she was saying how much she loved the place…never a dull moment and always something to do if you wanted to take part. May she now rest in peace with your dear dad.

  5. Grand Forks ND
    Posting this entry on behalf of Norvin J. Elbert, Grafton, ND

    I extend my sympathy to the family for the loss of Ruby. We were such good J. C. Penney friends and attend many management meetings together.

  6. Fargo ND
    My sincere sympathy on the death of your dear Mother. I knew Ruby from my time spent at St. alphonsus School in Langdon and I met her again at Riverview Place where she was very happy. Always Ruby was a delightful person to be with. May she rest in the arms of her God and may all of you have peace knowing that she is at peace.

  7. Fargo ndMy thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve the death of your mother, Ruby and celebrate her life. I knew her well when I worked at St. Alphonsus school and parish for about 10 years. When she moved into RV I would often see her playing bridge, her favorite card game, I think. I am so sorry I will not be able to be with you in person at her funeral but know she is in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Minot ND
    Connie and Family
    Sorry about the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Doug & Deb

  9. Hoople North Dakota
    For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 Corinthians 5:1

    Praying that God’s promise of eternal life will strengthen and console you during this time of your loss Connie and Carol.. Been thinking of you daily…My Sympathy to you and your families.

  10. Seattle WAYour Mom was always a grand lady, how lucky you were to have her with you for so many years. I know you will miss her a lot.
    My sympathies to you all.

    Kay and Jim Duffy

  11. Denver CoConnie and Carol,
    So sorry to hear of the lost of your mother. My prayers are with you both and your families.

    Your classmate of 63
    Pat Koehmstedt

  12. Garrison ND
    Connie & Carol & families – So sorry about the death of your mother. She was a very classy lady and I know she was a wonderful Mother to you all. You have lots of great memories to treasure as she had a long and glorious life. Hjalmer & I send our sincere sympathy as we know how it feels to lose one’s mother. Once they are gone they are missed forever. Love, Karen

  13. LANGDON North Dakota
    My sympathy to each of you on the loss of Ruby. I always enjoyed visiting with her and she was always fund to be around.

    Mary Shankar

  14. Langdon ND
    Connie, Carol and Families,
    Our thought and prayers are with you . . . what a grand lady Ruby was. Mom was on the Holy Land tour with your folks and she so enjoyed both Ruby and Mac . . . May God bring you His comfort in your great loss but I am sure she was more than ready to hang out in her new home that God had ready for her.
    His Peace and Love in 2013

  15. Fargo ND
    To all of Ruby’s family.
    I have this on a plaque at home that was my Grandmas and found it very fitting. You are all in my heart and prayers.

    An Old Irish Blessing:
    May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind always be at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    and rains fall soft upon your fields.
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

    Take care!

  16. Hopkins MN
    Connie and Carol, we were so sorry to receive your phone call yesterday. We have such fond thoughts of Ruby. She always asked about all of our family and was always ready for a good story!
    Love to all~

  17. Bismarck ND
    We just enjoyed the photo of Ruby last week and so we know she was as lovely and stylish right to the end.
    Whatever our age, losing your Mother is never easy, you have that orphaned feeling…..knowing she was always there for you, a comfort even if you didn’t need immediate comforting.
    I know you and Don, all the family will miss her physical presence but her legacy will go on in you and the others she loved.
    With sympathy and friendship to you, Sue and all of Ruby’s family.

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