Ruby Eileen Finkner, 88

By Tribune - Posted on 09 January 2013

   Ruby Eileen Finkner Brigham, age 88, passed away on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at the Prairie County Nursing Home in Terry.

Ruby was born and raised on a ranch in Northeastern Colorado on January 10, 1924.  She was the youngest of August and Sophia Finkner’s three children.  In 1939 the family moved to Fort Collins so that the kids could more easily attend college at Colorado State University.  Ruby Participated in the WWII cadet program, attended Saint Luke’s School of Nursing in Denver where she received her RN Certification in 1946.  She then completed her BS in Nursing at Denver U. 
While working as a nurse at Colorado State Student Health Center she met her future husband James Brigham.  Jim and Ruby were married on June 10, 1950 at the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Collins. In 1957 they moved to Portland, Oregon where they lived for the next 50 years. She appreciated the city and the many opportunities it held, as well as the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. In the mid-60’s Ruby resumed her career accepting a position at Providence Hospital where she delighted in caring for patients and later the staff as the Employee Health Nurse until her retirement in 1989.  
Ruby was a lifelong caregiver in both private and public life. She served as a church deacon for many years.  She enjoyed visiting with people and encouraging them in anyway that she could.  During retirement Ruby found much pleasure in quilting and counted cross stich, sharing her creations with her children and grandchildren. In 2007, Jim and Ruby moved to Terry.  They appreciated all the kindnesses shown to them by the community. Ruby especially enjoyed the staff of the Prairie County Nursing Home where they always took time for a visit and encouraging word.  
Ruby was preceded in death by her husband James, her parents, her sister Ethelda and her husband Tom Beede, her brother Kenneth and his wife Ada Beth Finkner who were all residents of Colorado.  She is survived by two daughters:  Nancy Pehl and her husband Andy of Terry and their children Leslie, Erin Elenbaas (Jonathan) and Benjamin; Jamie Knodle and her husband Dan of Seattle, Wash.; and a son, Jay Brigham and his wife Susan and their children Ellen and Kelly of Oakton, VA and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services were held Saturday, December 8, 2012 at the Community Presbyterian Church in Terry.  Interment will be held at a later date in the Lincoln Memorial Park in Portland, Oregon.  
Should friends desire, memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the Terry Community Hospital Foundation, PO Box 66, Terry, MT  59349 or the Terry Public Library, PO Box 275, Terry, MT  59349.

Published Dec. 12, 2012




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