Ruby Helen Bryson, 92, passed away peacefully Oct. 8, 2017.

She was born in Kiomatia, Texas, Aug. 26, 1925, to William and Eva Robberson. She was raised with one younger sister.

At age 16, Ruby graduated from Hualapai High School in Kingman, Arizona, in 1942, where she was an expert at twirling the baton with the High School Majorettes.

In 1944, Ruby met Lt. John W. Bryson, the love of her life. They married in Kingman, Arizona, after a two-month courtship. During John’s 30-year career in the U.S. Air Force, earning the rank of full colonel, the family moved often and saw many parts of the world. They were happily married for 41 years until John’s death in 1985.

After the birth of their first son, Ruby decided to leave her job at the county courthouse to become a homemaker. They raised two sons and a daughter.

Ruby enjoyed many social activities including playing bridge, where she earned the title of Life Master. Many people have commented “she always wins.” She also enjoyed playing poker and was a frequent winner of local tournaments.

Ruby had many ambitions, one of which was obtaining her private pilot’s license in Spokane, Washington.

Ruby lived in Brookings for the past 28 years, where she was loved by many. Her vibrant personality brought joy and laughter to everyone.

Ruby is survived by sons John “Jaxon” Bryson and girlfriend Denise MacSweeney of Gold Beach; Dean Bryson and wife Lynda of Mesa, Arizona; daughter Donna Balderston and husband John of San Luis Obispo, California; daughter-in-law Cathy Bryson of Gold Beach; grandchildren Ariana, Chad, Shawn, Patricia, Amanda, Maggie, Shane, Brian, David; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Ruby was preceded in death by her husband John; parents and sister JoOnna Hardison.

A celebration of her life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Brookhaven Clubhouse, 836 Brookhaven Dr., Brookings.

She will be buried Oct. 30, next to her husband John at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California.

Submitted by the family.

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