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Ruby Susan Gordon Williams

October 8, 2019 | 2 comments

Ruby Susan Gordon Williams was born April 16, 1958 to William and Esther (Boltz) Gordon in Caledonia, Minnesota – the youngest of 13 siblings.  She died unexpectedly September 17, 2019 of Myocardial Infarction in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Ruby was baptized at St. Peter’s Church in New Albin, Iowa on May 16th, 1958 and also confirmed there on March 26th, 1972. She was raised on a farm near New Albin, Iowa and attended school in New Albin and Lansing, Iowa and graduated from Kee High in 1976. She attended Cosmetology College in Waterloo, Iowa and La Crosse, Wisconsin. She worked as a stylist for many years. For the past 19 years, she was employed at Mayo Clinic in La Crosse where she made many wonderful friends.  She married Johnnie Williams in La Crosse on August 16, 2002.

Ruby is survived by her husband Johnnie, a son Derrick (Rachel) and a grandson Jeremiah of Rochester, Minnesota.  She is further survived by four sisters: Edwina Steele of New Albin, Iowa, Evelyn Gordon of Waterloo, Iowa, Grace Wellendorf of La Crescent, Minnesota, and Esther Lynn Meiners of Caledonia, Minnesota and also three brothers: William (Linda) Gordon of Carlton, Minnesota, Laughn Gordon of Eldorado, Iowa and Gary Gordon of Davenport, Iowa.  Ruby leaves behind five brother-in-laws: James Buckner, Melvin Williams, Dante Williams, and Jamaul Williams and two sister-in-laws: Barbara Hill and Francella Kane.  She is also survived by her special niece and Goddaughter, Jennifer Anderson of New Providence, Iowa, Godmother Aunt Muriel Simmons of Hartford, Wisconsin and her special Aunt Sylvia Boltz Tucker of Bonsall, California, and many special nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. 

Ruby was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents; two sisters, Alvina Peg Liljegren and Belva Jane Andrews; three brothers, Merlin and Earl Gordon and Don Love, sister-in-law Tereza Love and three brother-in-laws; David Liljegren, David Steele Sr. and Donald Andrews, and four nephews; David Liljegren Jr. David Steele Jr., Larry and Garry Gordon and her Godfather Uncle Devillo Boltz.

Ruby loved her family, nature, animals and her cat Grayce. She was an avid Minnesota Viking Fan. Ruby had a beautiful voice and shared that talent by singing in the church choir.  She had a special relationship with her God and was faithful reading the bible daily. Ruby gave a very special gift: the gift of life.

Ruby’s celebration of life will be held at Faith Baptist Church, 3615 South 28th Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601 on October 12th, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. with visitation at 1 P.M. Pastor Stephen Terpstra will officiate. There will be lunch following the celebration.

Her husband, son and family would like to thank everyone for their kind and loving support during this sorrowful passing of Ruby. Thank you for your calls of sympathy, cards, flowers, memorials or brought food to our families.  The family prefer memorials in lieu of flowers.

Fly high our angel until we meet again. You may be gone from our sight, but you will never be gone from our hearts.

Some of Ruby’s favorite sayings:

Trust in God’s timing. It’s always right.

The battle is not yours, it’s the Lord’s.

Don’t give up! Give it to God!



  1. Alyce May

    Our sympathy to all of Ruby’s family.

    Jim and Alyce (Gordon) May

    • Earl and Connie Sykes

      We were shocked to hear of Ruby’s passing! Our memories go back to the late 70s. We always enjoyed her company and had many a good laugh. We just talked to her this summer when she was working at the front desk at Mayo. Always nice to run into old friends and reminisce a bit. God be with each and every one of her loved ones as you heal.

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