Posted on 23 June 2010.
Ruby Ethel (Fullerton) Gochnour, 84, of Burley, died peacefully on Sunday, June 20, 2010, at Parke View Rehabilitation and Care Center surrounded by family.
Ruby was born Nov. 4, 1925, in Brown County, Minnesota, the eighth child of Herbert and Elizabeth Jensen Fullerton. At age two, her family moved to Glasgow, Montana, where Ruby grew up and was the first one in her family to attend and graduate from high school. She then came to Burley, to help her brother, Earl, with his family. She worked at Shelley Processing in Burley, where she met her lifelong friend, Emma Gochnour. Ruby and Emma decided to go to California, during the war years, and stayed with Emma’s sister Anna. Ruby and Emma got jobs as “riveters” for Lockheed Aircraft.
They moved back to Burley in 1945, and when Emma’s brother returned home from the war in July, Emma got them together. In December 1945, Ruby married the love of her life, Ted Gochnour. They were married for 42 wonderful years before Ted passed away in 1988. Ted farmed and milked cows and together they raised their five daughters. In the early 60’s, Ruby went back to school and then back to work. Ruby worked at JC Penney and later for Dr. Annest, the Cassia Memorial Hospital, in the lab at the sugar factory, and for Dr. Ellingham.
Ruby loved to travel. She achieved her goal of visiting each of the 50 United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand twice, with friends and family. Her family was the light of her life and she loved to play games with the grandchildren whenever they came over. Ruby loved people and was loved by most everyone she met. She was active in several card groups after retirement. She was a very caring and giving lady. Ruby was a longtime member of the Burley First Christian Church where she was very active in the Christian Women’s Fellowship. Wherever you saw Ruby, you heard laughter.
In 1983, when Ted’s health failed with Parkinson’s disease, Ruby chose to retire so she could take care of him full-time. She lovingly cared for him in their home until he died in 1988.
Ruby is survived by her daughters, Kathy (Ray) Muir and Gail (Walt) Fisher of Burley, Susi (Mike) McCall of Rupert, Jani (Lyle) DeMond of Caldwell, and Mary (Ernie) Monroe of Boise; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving her is a brother, Hal (Estela) Fullerton of Missoula, Montana; her sisters, Blanche (Dorval) Kittleson and Arnetta Braaten of Glasgow, Montana; and a special sister-in-law, Emma (Gochnour) Fisher of Burley.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; four brothers; six sisters; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
A special thank you goes out to all who helped Ruby through the past few years of her life; those at Highland Estates, Parke View, the hospice nurses, and especially Dr. James Spackman.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, at the Burley First Christian Church, 1401 Oakley Ave., in Burley. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery.
Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, and from 10 until 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Burley First Christian Church or to the Parkinson’s Foundation, in care of Rasmussen Funeral Home, P.O. Box 878, Burley, ID 83318.