Crumbaugh nee Phillips, Rubye Lee

Date: Monday, November 11, 2016
Time: 3:00 to 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Fairview United Methodist Cemetery, Grubville, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to Fairview United Methodist Cemetery, Grubville, MO


Rubye Lee Crumbaugh of Grubville, MO, departed this life peacefully at her home on November 11, 2016, having reached the age of eighty-five years, nine months and eighteen days. Rubye was born in St. Louis, MO, on January 23, 1931, daughter of Edgar James Phillips and Zelda Mae Phillips nee Luna. On September 16, 1949, she was united in marriage to Darwin Dean Crumbaugh, known to all as Dean, and three children came to bless this union.

Rubye is survived by her children, Michael Crumbaugh of Grubville, MO, David Crumbaugh and wife, Kathy, of Wildwood, MO, and John Crumbaugh and wife, Sue, of Grubville; by six grandchildren, Jamie Trotter and husband, Morgan, of Wildwood, Emily Sumner and husband, Jake, of Eureka, MO, Natalie Crumbaugh of Wildwood, Wesley Crumbaugh of Cape Girardeau, MO, and Paige Crumbaugh of Dallas TX, and Spencer Crumbaugh of Grubville; by one brother, Rev. Jerry Phillips of Rosedale, LA; by one sister, Peggy Majors and husband, Robert, of Wright City, MO; by one sister-in-law, Billie Crumbaugh of Jonesboro, AR; by five great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Rubye was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Zelda Phillips; by her husband, Dean Crumbaugh; by one brother, Eddie Phillips, and by one infant sister.

Rubye was a Christian and member of Fairview United Methodist Church in Grubville, MO. She loved being a stay at home mom while her children were young, caring for her home and meeting all the children's needs. After her children were all in school she went to work as a secretary for the Ladue School District, retiring after over twenty years of service. Sewing was one of her passions and she was a talented seamstress, making many of her clothes. Painting, primarily with oils, was her other passion. In more recent years, she had enjoyed making dolls and doll clothes for her grandchildren when they were young, and now for her great-grandchildren. Nothing made her happier than spending time with her children and grandchildren as each of them held a special place in her heart.

A devoted and loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great and great-great-aunt, cousin and friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. John Hampton officiating. Interment was in Fairview United Methodist Cemetery, Grubville, MO. Memorials may be made to the cemetery.