Ruby Dean (Bowen) Davis

Born: Mon., Sep. 27, 1926
Died: Sat., Feb. 14, 2015


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Thu., Feb. 19, 2015
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Thu., Feb. 19, 2015
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

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Mrs. Ruby Dean Davis, age 88, of Olney, IL and formerly of Robinson, IL, died Saturday February 14, 2015 3:50 PM at Richland Memorial Hospital, Olney, IL, following a fall with brain injury earlier in the week.

Born September 27, 1926 in Karval, CO, she was the daughter of Samuel Franzo and Edna Jane (Wesner) Bowen.  In 1945 she married Carl Eugene Davis and he preceded her in death in 1960.

Ruby Dean graduated Wabash Valley College, School of Nursing in 1968.  She was a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked on the Colorado River Indian Reservation for three years; worked at Good Samaritan Hospital, Vincennes, IN; worked at Richland Memorial Hospital, Olney, IL for 29 years; Crawford Memorial Hospital, Robinson, IL, for one year.  Following her retirement from active nursing, she opened a small day care in her home and cared for more than twenty children over the years.

Mrs. Davis was a member of the First Baptist Church, Robinson, IL.  Ruby Dean’s life goals were raising her children in a God centered, loving home where she hoped to pass along with her own shy, sensitive nature and her love of nature and music.  Having raised five children of her own, she particularly enjoyed taking care of infants and young children.  She enjoyed singing in the Lincoln Trail College Senior Choir and the First Baptist Church Choir.  She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Larry Joe and Cindy Davis, Magneolia, DE; Gary Lee and Vicki Davis, Clarksville, TN; Robert Craig and Darla Davis, Olney, IL; daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. Brenda K. and Gary Wells, Bridgeport, IL; daughter-in-law, Gretta Davis, Sumner, IL; twelve grandchildren, thirty one great-grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Carl Eugene Davis, 1960; son, Richard Allen Davis; three brothers, Leolin Bowen, Leonard Bowen and Willard Davis; two sisters, Vivian Buix and Geneva Watts.

Funeral service will be Thursday February 19, 2015 at 12:00 noon at Pulliam Funeral Home, Robinson, IL, with Pastor Wes Hahn officiating.  Visitation will be Thursday February 19, 2015 from 10:00 AM until time of services at 12:00 noon at the funeral home.  Burial will be in the Kirk Chapel Cemetery, rural Robinson, IL.

Those wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to the First Baptist Church in Robinson, IL, or to the American Cancer Society with envelopes available at the funeral home.  Post on-line condolences at

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Crystal Adams
   Posted Mon February 16, 2015
Grandma- you will forever be loved & missed greatly. I love you!

Frances Enloe
   Posted Tue February 17, 2015
Cindy and Larry, I just learned of Ruby's passing and wanted to express my sympathy. I will keep you all in my prayers.

Connie Cessna McVicker
   Posted Tue February 17, 2015
Ruby was a wonderful person. As a teenager she welcomed me into her home with a smile and a hug. Her children were great friends due to their mother's influence. I am sure God has a place in heaven prepared for her-I know I have a warm spot in my heart for her memory. Connie

   Posted Tue February 17, 2015
I remember Ruby Dean as a beautiful person, inside and out. We sat side-by-side in the Lincoln Trail Senior Choir, and she had a beautiful singing voice. Even during this time, she was caring for a small child. My deepest sympathies go out to you, her close family, and to all the friends who will greatly miss her. Sincerely,

Cheryl Milburn
   Posted Tue February 17, 2015
Dear Brenda and Gary, so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I lost my mother in 1990 so I understand. May you find true comfort in the knowledge that you will see her again one day. The best part is, we will never say goodbye again when we all get there. Prayers for you and your family.

Monica Waller
   Posted Tue February 17, 2015
I love you Grandma, a Bushel and a Peck!!!

Lois A Waller Waggoner
   Posted Tue February 17, 2015
So sorry to hear of your grandmother's passing, Monica. It sounds like she lived a full and wonderful life with many loved ones around her. Love you, niece.
Also to condolences to Gary Wells and his wife.

Wayne and Karen Twigg Johnson
   Posted Tue February 17, 2015
Ruby Dean Davis was a loving Christian lady we were privileged to know and worship with at First Baptist. Karen sang with her in the choir and worked with her on several committees. Her sister Geneva Watts was also a fine lady who Karen knew from Camp Fire.

Joan Dart
   Posted Thu February 19, 2015
I worked with Ruby at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson in the late 1980's. She was very kind to me and shared her vast surgical nursing knowledge. When times were difficult for her, the depth of her faith and character were an example for me and others. She was a person I will not forget.

Mary Ann Griffin
   Posted Thu February 19, 2015
Wonderful memories of Nana Ruby. She cared for my little girl while I worked. She welcomed us into her home and her heart. I was so blessed to have her in my life. I thought of her often when she moved away. Prayers are with you during this sad time.

Ellen (Hand) Schug
   Posted Fri February 20, 2015
Larry Joe, Gary Lee, Bob, Brenda and all the rest of Ruby Dean's family -- Your mother and all of the Bowen and Davis families were life-long friends and dear to me. My prayers are with you. I wanted to share a few memories. In 1944 I was 4 years old and allowed a special privilege. My older brother, Jerry, and I got to attend a neighborhood "event" party with our parents -- Sam Bowen's Birthday Party planned by Ruby Dean and her sisters, complete with food, games (including a game of Gossip "Is Leonard going to shuck corn tomorrow?" that turned into something unrecognizable, some great harmonizing music, and the brothers helping park cars and bringing in firewood. Sam declared he was surprised. It was a good time party! In February Mother gave a Valentine Party for her High School Sunday School Class -- Ruby Dean and Carl, Leonard and Martha, Ramona Hawkins Sheridan, Max and Joan Walters Hill, Ralph and Mary Nye Dixon, Jean Stantz Nye, Oma Davis Stantz. I got to hide the paper hearts for a treasure hunt. Mother put her heart into that party. All the "kids" enjoyed and appreciated it and talked about it years later. The caring from both the Bowen and Davis families helped make our community a caring place. It meant a lot. Wishing you peace and comfort. Sincerely, Ellen (Olympia, WA)

Angela Langley
   Posted Fri February 20, 2015
Dear Family of Ruby, Ruby took care of my first born, Steven. They were quite a pair. have thought of her lots since she left Robinson. Amazing caregiver and person. She will be greatly missed, but left quite an impression on those that knew her.
Love Angela and Steven Langley

John Hess
   Posted Sun February 22, 2015
Larry & Gary, so sorry to learn of your Moms passing. My prayers are with your families.

Patty Dennard, Ruth Bowen and Family
   Posted Wed February 25, 2015
Ruby Dean was a wonderful woman and I always loved visiting her!! She loved to tell stories like my grandpa (her brother Willard Bowen.) I loved her smiling eyes and her beautiful singing voice! She was always happy to hear from us and we enjoyed our talks catching up on family! We will miss her dearly! I am sure she is happy to be with everyone who has passed before her!!


Patty, Ruth and Family

Bob & Darla Davis
   Posted Thu February 26, 2015
We just wanted to say "thank you", for all the kind memories reflected in the posts here. Our Mother was "one-of-a-kind" and will be missed dearly, by all who knew her.

"Bobby" - Ruby's Youngest son


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