Ruby Messinger Smith
Ruby Smith will celebrate her 90th birthday at an open house at her daughter's home in Redmond on Saturday, Dec. 11, from noon to 5 p.m. She is requesting no gifts. For directions, contact Glenda at 548-6377.
Ruby was born to Walter and Carrie Messinger on their family homestead just West of Culver on Dec. 14, 1914, on her mother's birthday. She was born just two days after Jefferson County was established. Her older sister Fanny was born in the same room, same bed, but in Crook County. Her family farmed, and then owned a general store in Culver before they moved to Madras. She graduated from Madras Union High School in 1933.
She was married to Glenn Smith for 35 years until his death in 1985. Ruby has six daughters and two step daughters: Donna Miller of Portland, Sherry Casselman of Scappoose, Norma Locke of Gaston, Claudia Allgood of Junction City, Glenda Gassner of Redmond, Carrie Hume and Ruby Garside of Prineville, and Judy Cardwell of Athol, Idaho. She has two stepsons that are deceased, Darrell (Sonny) Smith and Doug Smith, and numerous grandchildren.
Ruby lived most of her life in the Culver and Madras area, and recently moved to Redmond. She worked at Brightwood for 12 years. After retiring in 1975, she sold Avon for nine years, doing well enough to win a trip to Hawaii. She was Jefferson County Pioneer Queen in 1998.
She enjoys writing in her daily journal, recording history, and scrap booking. She is a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist. She and her cat, Sicely share an apartment.