Ruby Triggs

Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Ruby Triggs

Funeral services for Ruby Triggs, 86, of West Branch and formerly of Spencer, will be held Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at First Christian Church in Spencer. The Rev. Dan Mayes will officiate the 1 p.m. service. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer. Mr. Triggs passed away Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at Crestview Nursing & Rehab in West Branch.

Visitation will be held after 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2010, with the family present from 5-7 p.m.

Ruby Alice Nassen Triggs, the daughter of Harvey and Stella (Durby) Nassen, was born on March 18, 1923, near McCallsburg, Ia. She was the eldest of five children who grew up on a farm east of Roland, Ia. Ruby attended the American Institute of Business in Des Moines. She worked as a clerk typist at the Ankeny Ordnance plant, at an income tax office, and as a church secretary.

On Aug. 29, 1943, she married Leon Triggs in Roland, Ia. During the 61 years of their marriage, Ruby served alongside Leon, who was a full-time minister for Christian churches in Des Moines, Guthrie Center, Cedar Rapids, Lake City, Greenville, and as an interim pastor for other churches in northern Iowa.

In 1952, in addition to working in the ministry, the couple began farming in Clay County until they retired in 1995.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, Paul Nassen; and a sister, Marie McClain.

She is survived by three daughters: Carol Everley and her husband, Glenn, of Lenexa, Kan., Linda Statler of McGehee, Ark., and Judy Pine and her husband, Lou of West Branch, Ia.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Harlan and his wife, Audrey, of Suntree, Fla.; one sister, Myrtle Harper, of Story City, Ia.; other relatives and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church of Spencer.

A video tribute may be viewed and online remembrances and condolences may be expressed by visiting Ruby's obituary at

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.