Ruby Van Horn

Ruby Van Horn

Age 89, died June 17. World traveler, tireless volunteer. Co-founder NW Suburban Dinner At Your Door; founder Perry Avenue (Golden Valley) National Night Out/Neighborhood Watch; longtime member Spirit of Hope Church (formerly Golden Valley United Methodist Church). Member Travelers’ Century Club of those who traveled to more than 100 countries, visiting all seven continents. Her adventurous spirit saw her learn to swim and take Cessna 150 flying lessons at the age of 50.
Serving as a Girl Scout leader for her four daughters led Ruby to a lifetime of volunteering that included officer in the Golden Valley Federated Women’s Club, past state officer with Cystic Fibrosis, Minnesota Easter Seals Foundation, Alpha Chi Omega Alumnae, various political campaigns, participant in Golden Valley Historical Society, Simpson United Methodist Church Shelter food kitchen, Friendship Force Minnesota, American Association of University Women (AAUW) and contributor to many charities.
Born Ruby Lucille Scott June 13, 1927, Ocheyedan, Iowa, living on a farm with her mother and grandparents until her grandfather’s death. The three generations moved to Waterloo, where she graduated high school and earned a chemistry scholarship and associate degree to then-women’s Rockford College, IL. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Iowa at Iowa City, where she met Dean Van Horn, a U.S. Marine Corps World War II veteran.
Worked at Marshall Field Chicago until marrying June 11, 1950. Dean’s career in farm implement sales took them to Minneapolis, where Gail was born; Fremont, NE, where Sandra was born; Marshalltown, Fort Dodge and Cedar Rapids, IA, where Nancy was born; and Charles City, IA, where Judith was born and Dean partnered in his father’s business, Van-Web farm Implements, until Ben’s death. Along the way Ruby was employed as a social worker and earned a real estate license.
The family moved to Minneapolis in 1961 for Dean to begin his own medical-dental consulting business. Ruby earned a second bachelor’s degree at the University of Minnesota and taught junior high remedial reading in Minneapolis. She worked as an election judge, wedding store associate and food demonstrator, and at Brookdale Guest Services.
Dean died in 2010 and Ruby remained in the family home until moving to Sunrise Assisted Living and Memory Care of Golden Valley in 2015.
Survivors include Gail Van Horn of St. Paul; Sandra Mistretta of Dallas, TX; Nancy Van Horn of San Rafael, CA; and Judy (Mike) Larson of Elk River; five grandsons; two granddaughters; one great-grandson and one expected great-granddaughter.
Service will be held June 25th at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at Spirit of Hope Church in Golden Valley, with cremains next to her husband’s at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Ruby willed her body to the University of Minnesota School of Medicine.

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