Rubie Raylene Kirk
January 20, 1945  -  December 23, 2018

Rubie Raylene Kirk

Bethel Church
Neodesha, KS  66757
Friday, December 28, 2018
12:00 p.m.

Memorial Service
Bethel Church
Neodesha, KS  66757
Friday, December 28, 2018
01:00 pm

Neodesha City Cemetery
Neodesha, KS  66757
Friday, December 28, 2018

Neodesha Cemetery
Neodesha, KS  66757

American Cancer Society

Rubie Raylene Kirk, 73, of Neodesha, Kansas, passed away Sunday December 23, 2018 in her home with loving family by her side.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, December 28, 2018 at 1:00pm at the Bethel Church, east of Neodesha, KS on Highway 75, with viewing and visitation from 12:00pm to service time at the church.

Rubie R. Kirk was born January 20, 1945 in Neodesha, KS, the daughter of Robert (Dutch) and Zelma (Holliday) Ballard. Rubie attended school in Neodesha, KS. She lived in Neodesha most of her life and lived in Independence, KS several years before moving back to Neodesha, KS. Rubie worked as a line fabricator for ACC in Independence, KS until her retirement. Rubie loved working in her yard and flower gardens, sewing and crochet, spending time talking to her friends and neighbors, and reading romance novels. One of her favorite pastimes was sitting on her porch, drinking coffee or iced tea, and watching people go by. But most of all, Rubie loved spending time with her loving family. Rubie and her significant husband, Mike, have been together since 2007.

Rubie is survived by one son, Larry Schafer (wife Lisa) of Durham, KS, three daughters; Brenda Prather of the home in Neodesha, KS, Debie Cunningham of Wichita, KS, and Tammie Royston of Neodesha, KS, and daughter-in-law, Robbin Schafer of Altamont, KS. She was grandmother to nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Rubie is preceded in death by her parents, one son, James R. Schafer in December of 2014, and two brothers; Everett Ballard and Ernest Ballard. Memorials can be made in Rubie’s name to American Cancer Society and can be left with the Loran Fawcett Chapel. On-line condolences can be left to the family by going to


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  1. Richard Patterson
    Neodesha, KS

    Peace be with all the family. Remember the good times and find comfort in your memories.

  2. Jackie Reding
    Elk City, KS

    Honored to know this beautiful and spirited lady. Love you Rubie and your family. God's Blessings!!! You will be so missed.

  3. Allen Zadorozny
    Cedar Vale, KS

    Always enjoyed knowing Rubie as a wonderful classmate and friend.

  4. Victoria Johnson
    Neodesha, KS

    My deepest condolences to the family. Rubie was a great woman. Prayers and thoughts are with you all.
    Love from the Johnson family.

  5. Welcome (Hicks) Wayne
    Iola, KS

    Mike, I'm thinking of you since your loss. I didn't realize this was Ruby Ballard. I knew her well. You folks were always good neighbors there on Mill Street. Welcome

  6. John & Kathy Botts
    Neodesha, KS

    Sorry to hear of your loss. She will be missed by all.
    She always was seen smiling!

  7. Dean and Janice Piatt
    Madison, KS

    So sorry to hear of Rubie's passing. We loved her like a sister. We're very sorry that we didn't hear of her passing before today, and thus unable to attend her service. We have wonderful memories of her and her family. We love you Rubie, and will see you again.

  8. JC
    , MO

    Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one, Rubie. May you find comfort in the words written at Acts 24:15, where God promises to bring back to life those we have lost in death by means of a resurrection. In the near future He will also eliminate our enemy, death. (Revelation 21:4) This gives us the wonderful hope of being reunited with our loved ones, forever. Until then, I hope the beautiful memories of Rubie and these promises from God comfort you in the days to come.

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