Sunday, February 9, 2014

Obituary | Ruby M. Miller

The following are two newspaper clippings that are in the possession of my maternal grandmother. The publication date and newspaper origin are unknown for both obituaries. 

Name: 
Ruby M. Miller

Relationship to Me: 
Maternal Great Grandmother

Transcription 1:  
Miller, Ruby M.
BOSCOBEL - Ruby M. Miller, age 94, of Boscobel, died on Friday, January 5, 1990, at the Boscobel Memorial Nursing Home. She was married on August 11, 1915, to Charles Miller. He preceded her in death on June 30, 1954. She is survived by two daughters, Genevieve Zintz of Boscobel and Audrey (Ray) Little of Bensenville, Illinois; a son, Bernard of Excelsior, Wisconsin; 21 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mardella Flynn of Boscobel and Gladys Dyer of Lancaster; and two daughters-in-law, Doris Miller of Boscobel and Alice Miller of Genoa, Illinois. She was preceded in death by two sons, Byron and Verlin Miller. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 8, 1990, at 1:00 p.m. at BEEMAN FUNERAL HOME, Boscobel. Elder Lawrence Shedd will officiate. Burial will be in the Haskins Cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday, January 7, 1990, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at BEEMAN FUNERAL HOME, where a prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Transcription 2:  
Ruby M. Miller
     BOSCOBEL, Wis. - Ruby M. Miller, 94 of Boscobel died Friday, Jan. 5, 1990, at Boscobel Memorial Nursing Home.
     Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Beeman Funeral Home, Boscobel, with burial in Haskins Cemetery, rural Blue River. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Beeman Funeral Home, where the prayer service will be said at 7:30 p.m.
     Mrs. Miller was a homemaker.
     She was born on May 8, 1895, in Richland County, daughter of John and Estella (Haskins) Dyer. She married Charles Miller on Aug. 11, 1915, in McGregor, Iowa; he died June 30, 1954.
     She was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, rural Soldiers Grove, Wis.
     Surviving are two daughters, Genevive Zintz of Boscobel and Mrs. Raymond (Audrey) Little of Bensenville, Ill.; a son, Bernard Miller of Excelsior, Wis.; 21 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mardella Flynn of Boscobel and Gladys Dyer of Lancaster, Wis.

Tidbits of Note:
I have listed several tidbits from these obituaries that caught my attention for one reason or another.

  • The lack of supporting details in the first transcription is enough to drive a genealogist to drink! It doesn't even mention her parent's names!
  • The second transcription tells a story and provides more details about where and to whom she was born, her marriage, her work, and her religion.
  • In my opinion the only thing the first transcription has going for it is that it actually includes the names of her sons and daughter-in-laws. I was shocked that the deceased sons and surviving daughter-in-laws were completely left out of the second one.