Ruby L. Axtell, 94, of Kearney, Nebraska, formerly of Callaway, Nebraska, passed away on Monday, April 23rd, 2018, at Mount Carmel Home Keens Memorial in Kearney.
Ruby Lucille Hueftle Axtell was born June 27, 1923, near Eustis, Nebraska to Charley and Henrietta Fasse Hueftle. She was baptized as an infant by Rev John Schaum. In 1936 she was confirmed and became a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
When Ruby was seven, she began taking piano lessons from Emilie Schaumn. At age 11 she began playing the violin and participated in the school orchestra, and in 1937 she began taking organ lessons from the minister’s wife. A couple years later opportunity fell in her lap. One Sunday morning there was no organist to play for church. Ruby went to the organ to play for the service, and continued playing for church services until she retired in 2010.
In her senior year of high school she completed Normal Training, and so after graduating from Eustis High School in 1940, she taught rural school in Frontier County. She also clerked in the Gauger Store in Eustis.
Ruby was united in marriage to Charles Axtell on March 8th, 1953 in Eustis, Nebraska. The couple made their home in the Callaway area. Three children were blessed to this union: Kurt, Steven and Karen.
Ruby was a past president of the United Methodist Women and past Worthy Matron of Clara Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. She was a 50 year member of the Order of Eastern Star.
She was employed for 15 years as a nurse aide at the Good Samaritan Care Home in Callaway.
Survivors include her sister, Helen Jorges of Elwood, Nebraska
Two sons: Kurt Axtell of Kearney, Nebraska, and Steve (Jane) Axtell of Omaha, Nebraska
One daughter: Karen (Brian) Plomondon of Erie, Colorado
Five grandchildren: Jeff Axtell of West Point, Nebraska; Ashley Axtell of Arlington, Virginia; Renee, Daniell & Dylan Plomondon, all of Erie, Colorado.
Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brother Harold.
Funeral Services were held on Monday, April 30th, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Callaway United Methodist Church with Pastor Shanon Williams, officiating.
Visitation was on Sunday, April 29th, 2018, from 5-7 p.m. at Timm-Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Callaway.
Burial was at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 30th, 2018, at the Cambridge Cemetery in Cambridge.
Memorials are kindly suggested to Callaway United Methodist Church.
Timm-Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Callaway is honored to have assisted the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com