She was born in Ferndale, Ind., Jan. 21, 1926, and was the daughter of the late Ollie Nelson and Goldie Kathryn (Brown) Pruett.
She was reared and educated in Parke County, where she resided until after her marriage.
On April 21, 1945, in Crawfordsville, Ind., she was married to Alvin Eugene Maxwell. Mr. Maxwell died July 2, 1987.
Following her marriage, Ruby resided in Brazil, until 1950. For periods, she lived in Princeton, Ill., Osgood, Ind., and Indianapolis. In 1965, the family moved to Lebanon where she since resided.
Ruby was a member of the Walnut Street Baptist Church.
A person devoted to her family, Ruby was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She loved her family and was proud to be expecting a third great-great-grandchild.
Besides her family, important activities in her life included gardening, cooking, her home and friends. In addition to all the activities surrounding her large family, Ruby found time to work as a nurse aide for 25 years at Essex Nursing Home until she retired in 2000.
Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 11, 2011, at Myers Mortuary, Lebanon, with Rev. Lowell Spaulding officiating.
Visitation is planned for Sunday, April 10, from 2-6 p.m., at Myers Mortuary.
Burial will follow in the Darlington I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
Survivors include children Darlene M. Ryan, Columbia, S.C., Ronald L. (Holly) Maxwell, Lebanon, Anna S. Maxwell, Chardon, Ohio, Gerald E. Maxwell, Lebanon, Cynthia K. (Thomas) Nealen, Charlotte, N.C., Larry D. (Melissa) Maxwell, Charlotte, N.C., and Brenda L. Fairfield, Lebanon. Also, there are four sisters, Barbara Hunter, Poland, Ind., Norma McCarty, Waveland, Joan Clidienst, Sullivan, and Betty (Lloyd) Hopkins, Crawfordsville. She has 41 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Two sons, Robert E. Maxwell and William E. Maxwell, a daughter Pamela L. Maxwell, grandson Robert Cecil Burtner Jr., brothers Jay Pruett and James Pruett, and sister Doris Thompson, preceded her in death.
Memorials may be made to the Southern Care Hospice or to the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be submitted at myersmortuary.com.