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Lind Family Funeral & Cremation Services - Parkers Prairie
Tuesday June 28th, 2022
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First Evangelical Lutheran Church
Wednesday June 29th, 2022

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Ruby L. Westad

Ruby L. Westad, age 100, of Parkers Prairie, died peacefully with her family by her side on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at Country Living near Henning.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie with Pastor Rachel Stout officiating. Music is provided by organist, Julie Lindgren and pianist, Breanna Pexsa. Ruby’s service will be livestreamed and can be viewed on her obituary page on the funeral home’s website. Interment is at the Elmo Lutheran Cemetery, Parkers Prairie.

Visitation is from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, June 28, at Lind Family Funeral Home in Parkers Prairie and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

Ruby Lydia was born on March 18, 1922, to Oscar and Huldah (Ek) Olson in Eastern Township, Otter Tail County, Minnesota. She was baptized in 1922 by Pastor J. Edor Larson and confirmed on July 18, 1937, both at Esther Lutheran Church in Eastern Township. Ruby attended rural school at District #259 through the eighth grade and graduated from Parkers Prairie High School in 1940. She attended Normal Training School in Staples for one year. She taught at District #273 (Lawrence’s home school) and District #68 before marriage. Ruby was united in marriage to Lawrence Westad on June 21, 1944, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie where they also became members. She continued teaching at Districts #55 (Joy School) and #273 for a short time. Ruby was secretary at First Evangelical Lutheran Church for 13 years. She also did substitute teaching for several years. She was active in church, Sunday School, Northern Stars 4-H, and Homemaker’s Club. Ruby enjoyed crafts, arranging flowers, gardening, and entertaining. Most of all, she loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lawrence in 1999; infant daughter, Myrna; sister, Pearl Larson; and brother, Oliver Olson.

Ruby is survived by her five children, Lynn (Julie) Westad of Osakis, Alan Westad of Parkers Prairie, Marie (Dean) Trosdahl of Vining, Steven (Pat) Westad of White Bear Lake, and Lee (Terri Church) Westad of Parkers Prairie; 14 grandchildren, Matthew (Becky) Westad, Stacia (Matt) Schwope, Trevor (Tia) Westad, Jesse (Carly) Westad, Kelley (Ryan) Pexsa, Holly (Patrick) Westad, Julie Trosdahl, Ryan (Katie) Trosdahl, Scott (Heather) Trosdahl, Alex (Allison) Westad, Rhiannon (Kai) Emrys, Sarah (Kent Lanz) Westad, Josh (Tracy) Bramlett, and Alyssa (Dan Jelinek) Westad; 21 great-grandchildren with one on the way; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Country Living for the excellent care given to Ruby during her time there.

Pallbearers are Jesse Westad, Ryan Trosdahl, Matthew Westad, Scott Trosdahl, Trevor Westad, and Ryan Pexsa. Honorary pallbearers are Ruby's granddaughters.

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I am grateful to have watched the service for Ruby via live video feed. I wish I could have been there in person to give my condolences to Marie, her siblings, and extended family. I greatly appreciated all of the times Ruby supported and influenced me with her love. She will be missed.

Jan Lorine Matthews Jun 29 2022 12:43 PM

Ruby and Lawrence were wonderful neighbors and friends to our family. After our father passed away, the times they helped us are to numerous to mention. My deepest Sympathies to all of Ruby's family.

Lee Eastland Jun 26 2022 8:12 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Ruby Westad

We're thinking of you with prayers attached. God bless your family, especially at this time. --Jim and Twyla Peasley Jun 24 2022 5:02 PM

Sincere sympathies to Marie and all the Westad Families. Ruby was a great Mother and I am sure a wonderful Grandmother. My favorite memory of her was always making Marie a fabulous birthday cake and bringing it to school for her and all of us! She sure loved her children!

Sara Carlson Jun 22 2022 2:01 PM

I was so sad when my brother Mark called to tell me Ruby had died. To the family, you have my sincere condolence She had many happy times in her life. The picture in this obituary of her smiling will be how I remember Ruby.

Gary Westad (nephew) Jun 21 2022 3:57 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Ruby Westad

Al & Gaynell Ratajesak Jun 20 2022 10:27 AM

Dear family of Ruby,
We were so fortunate to have Saint Ruby these many years. She always had words of encouragement and faith to share for all of her 100 years. May you find comfort in God's care & hope in the resurrection. Most sincerely,
Donna Moenck

Donna Moenck Jun 20 2022 1:34 AM

My deepest sympathy to your family. Ruby was one of my favorite aunts. She and Lawrence were my God Parents. Ruby made sure she attended all of my birthdays, graduations all of the important events of my life. She was a wonderful aunt and I enjoyed talking and visiting with her. She will be missed by all of you I am sure. She was my last living aunt. God bless her and your familly. My prayers are with you all!

mark westad Jun 18 2022 1:45 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Ruby Westad

Lesa Craven Ahlers Jun 16 2022 9:59 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Ruby Westad

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