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     Ruby Janet Willet Fowler Poe, age 84, passed away Saturday evening, June 17, 2017, surrounded by family at her home.

      Ruby was born November 20, 1932, in the Newport community of Barton County, to Earl and Nora (Voorhees) Willet. On May 7, 1956, she married Freddie Fowler, Jr. and they had shared nearly 36 years before his death March 29, 1993.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Gene, bob, Eddie, and Melvin Willet; five infant grandbabies; a son-in-law, Flint Limberg, Sr.; and step-daughter-in-law, Penny Poe.

      On March 23, 1996, Ruby married Wayne E. Poe and he survives, of the home. Also surviving are sons, Perry (Loretta) Fowler, Lamar, William Kump, Goodland, Kansas, Frederick (Emily) Camp, Mountain Home, Arkansas; daughters, Terri Limberg and Sally Hart, both of Lamar; step-sons, Ronald Poe, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Robert Poe, Joplin, Missouri, and John (Tracy) Alderman, Bowie, Texas; step-daughters, Rachel Poe, Columbia, Missouri and Robin Burton, DeQuincy, Louisiana; daughter-in-law, Susan Minich, Kansas City, Missouri; brothers, Marvin and Gaylord (Pam) Willet, both of Lamar; sister Pauline Nicklaus, Clarksville, Arkansas; her grandblessings, Wesley, Whitney, and Jordan Hart, Teisha Manka, Flint Limberg, Jr., Jamie Gishwiller, Nita and Shannon Fowler, and Heather Pingleton; great-grandblessings, Ezekiel, Kloee, Azariah, Annabelle Ruby, Chaz, Kara, Brianna, Lillian, Cameron, Breeonna, Jeremy, and Jazsmin.

      In addition to always being devoted to her family, Ruby was an entrepreneur extraordinaire. Known as the Lamar Golddigger, she acquired, appraised and sold jewelry, antiques and collectibles for many years.  A talented seamstress, Ruby made clothing, dolls, aprons, quilts, and costumes for family, friends, and church groups.  She grew beautiful flower gardens and appreciated the simple pleasures of bird-watching and drives in the country.  Ruby’s spirits could always be lifted by music and she loved to dance.  She was an excellent cook and her home was always welcoming to family and the many friends of her children who also called her “Mom”.  Her greatest joy came from time spent with her family, especially her grandblessings and great-grandblessings.

      A memorial service to remind everyone that for Ruby it was “Never good-bye, but see you later” and to celebrate her life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 27th at Lamar First Christian Church.  Burial will be in Lake Cemetery.

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