On the first day of autumn, Sept. 22, 2022, the world lost one of its most resilient humans. Having lived well and loved deeply, Ruby Veronica Rose Mathews left us all with a greater understanding of love and living as Jesus would have us live.

     Born the seventh child of Clayton and Kathryn (Malchaski) Hammond, she grew up on a dairy farm in Taylor, WI. After graduating from Taylor High School, she attended technical college in Winona, MN, where she earned her licensed practical nurse degree. She practiced compassionate nursing care at Black River Falls Memorial Hospital, St. Vincent’s and Bellin hospitals in Green Bay for more than 30 years.

     On Sept. 30, 1967, Ken Mathews took the love of his life, Ruby Hammond, to be his bride, sharing their example of a wonderful marriage to all who knew them.

     Ruby’s survivors are her daughter, Kimberly; her son-in-law, Brian; and only precious grandchild, Paige Langan; siblings David (Carol), Donna, Ken (Marie), Troy (Bette), Judy (Dennis), John (Cyndi), Carol (Nick), Sandy (Gene) and Diane (John); sisters-in-law Vicky (Dave), Bonnie (Stan) and Betty’ 111 nieces and nephews and just as many cherished friends.

     In addition to her parents and beloved husband, she is preceded in death by her in-laws, Ken and Beulah Mathews; brothers Earl and Gordon; and brother-in-law John Hunsley.     

     Family and friends visited at Cotter Funeral Home, 860 N. Webster Ave., De Pere, Friday, Oct. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. with prayer directly following. On Oct. 8, visitation began at Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 2270 S. Oneida Street, Green Bay, at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Mass of Resurrection at 11 a.m. Fr. Matt Simonar officiated. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Joyce Meyers Ministry and Old Glory Honor Flight in Ruby’s name.

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