Baker City, 1943-2018
Ruby Jewel Stoaks, 74, a longtime Baker City resident, died July 31, 2018, at her home with her husband, Edward, at her side.
There will be a visitation at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. in Baker City. A Celebration of Life service will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane in Baker City. Pastor Troy Teeter will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery after the service and there will be a reception at the Nazarene Church Fellowship Hall afterward.
Ruby was born on Oct. 23, 1943, at Kansas City, Missouri, to Glen and Mary McClard. She grew up in Kansas City and at Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where her father owned and operated radio and TV repair shops.
Ruby met her husband, Edward Stoaks, in January of 1961 and they were married in August of that year. They were happily married just 26 days short of 57 years. Together, they raised four children: Paul, David, Carolyn and Curtis.
Ruby was active in her church and was loved by those in the nursing home who her husband, Edward, ministered to. Ruby was a student of the Bible and loved to read. When her children were young, she was a 4-H club leader and taught leather working.
Later she bought a stretch limousine and founded Baker Valley Limousine, which she operated for 10 years. She thoroughly enjoyed carrying her clients on their special occasions and made many friends in the region.
Ruby enjoyed sewing and making quilts and scarves for family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother and four brothers, three of whom died before they were 3 years old.
Survivors include her husband and four children.
Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Ruby to the Northeast Oregon Compassion Center through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814. To light a candle for Ruby or to leave a condolence for the family, go to www.colestributecenter.com