On April 13, 2010, Ruby Violet Eckert DeVos found the peace and rest she had sought for many years. She left the arms of her loved ones and replaced them with the arms of God. As she entered the gates of heaven she was greeted by the open arms of God. She was one of his best progeny and had been allowed to remain on earth to accomplish wonderful things in her ninety plus years. She will be missed by all that know her for years to come.
Ruby was born to Ben and Cora Brandenberger Eckert on March 19, 1920, in their ranch home in Hilda, Texas; their first born. As a child, she attended the Art Methodist Church where she was baptized. Within a few years, she and her parents joined the Hilda Methodist Church where she was later confirmed and became a member. She began school at Hilda until her 10th year, when she transferred to the Mason high school. She graduated there in May, 1938. The following fall she entered the University of Texas, Austin.
To aid in her expenses, plus obtaining some practical experience, she worked in the Commons, the cafeteria lunchroom at the University. Graduating in May 1943 with a degree in Home Economics as a dietician, she immediately was hired to work full-time in the Commons.
An opportunity arose due to war time military schools to work as an Assistant Dietician at Armour Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, in the school cafeteria which had taken on the Navy V-12 program and had many student Navy Personnel to feed. She began there on July 1, 1943.
She met her future husband there, Julius E. DeVos, who was among the Navy students. Their first date was January 18, 1944, and Julius left the school in early February, 1944, for further training. He returned to Chicago in May, 1944, long enough to announce their engagement.
Ruby left her employment that spring and returned to Mason where after a leave Julius met her and they were married on August 26, 1944. His leave ending, the young couple traveled to his next assignment, San Francisco, CA. Spending a beautiful honeymoon together that ended as he sailed on September 21, 1944, for further service in the Pacific. Returning in early 1946, they made their home in Austin, where Ruby had been working as a dietician. They made their way to Amarillo, TX, in January, 1947, and back to Mason that summer and returned to Austin in September. The return to a permanent home in Mason and Hilda came in April, 1951.
Ruby had resigned as an employee and became a mother, housewife, etc… Due to the drought, Julius was forced to return to employment for others, which meant travel. This left Ruby, alone with two children, to operate a ranch. This included milking one or more cows daily. She accomplished this and many other tasks for thirteen years. Meanwhile, she worked in the Hilda church as a Sunday School teacher; member of the Hilda United Methodist Women and a member of the congregation each Sunday. In the UMW she held every position from President, through Secretary, Treasurer and Hostess for meetings in 2007. She remained a member although the couple moved to a retirement center in Fredericksburg that year.
For over forty years, Ruby suffered with COPD, which affected her breathing. This grew steadily worse over the years. As she aged, macular degeneration robbed her of her sight and deafness decreased her hearing. However, her mind remained good until her death. She had been assembling photo scrap books of several generations of Eckerts, Brandenbergers, DeVos’ and Van der Haegens to present to her grandsons. These books, close to completion, were not presented to her grandsons before her death.
She was a wonderful woman, friend, mother and wife. One of the most kind, considerate, gentle and thoroughly good persons that God ever made.
She is survived by her husband of over 65 years; her son Kenneth of Fredericksburg; her daughter Sharon Lake of Haywood, CA; grandson Kevin, San Marcos, TX and grandson Douglas and wife Jessica of Bay City, TX.
Funeral services were held in the Hilda United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 17, with Rev. Mal Hierholzer officiating. Burial followed in the Hilda Methodist Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Wade Powell, Herbert Loeffler, Donald Schulze, Bryan Bierschwale, Mark Lehmberg and Leighton brown. Honorary pallbearers were the women of the Hilda UMW.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mason Funeral Home