Ruth Darlene Brumbaugh, the daughter of Erma (Kaufman) and Henry A. Brooks, was born December 12, 1926, on the farm south of Guide Rock, Nebraska. She departed this life on May 5, 2023, at the Heritage Care Center in Red Cloud, Nebraska at the age of 96 years, 4 months and 23 days.
A lifelong resident of Webster county, Darlene received her formal education attending rural schools and graduated from the Guide Rock High School with the class of 1944, with a certificate in Normal Training and then taught rural school in the Guide Rock area. Darlene was united in marriage with Hugh Eugene Brumbaugh on April 4, 1947, at her parents’ home in Guide Rock. This union was blessed with four children, Curtis, Sue, Craig and Ronald. They made their home on two different farms south farms south of Guide Rock before moving south of Red Cloud in February 1954. In 2000, they moved into town.
Darlene was involved in several civic and community activities including working at the Elm Street food site for several years and served as Sunday School Superintendent at at the Congregational Church. In her leisure time she pursued a variety of interests and activities. She enjoyed playing the piano, working in her garden, playing a game of croquet in the yard, working crossword puzzles or playing a game of Uno. Her greatest love and appreciation in life was for her family and she especially cherished the time they spent together.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband Gene on August 17, 2005; her daughter, Sue Lucas; a sister, Isla June Armstrong and her brother, John “Bud” Brooks.
Left to treasure her memory are her children, Curt Brumbaugh and wife, Mary; Craig Brumbaugh; Ronald Brumbaugh and wife, Sheila; son-in-law, Wayne Lucas; grandchildren, Meredith (James) Jolly, Adam (Jodi) Brumbaugh, Sarah (Aaron) Virchow, Alison (Cory) Johnson, Randy Brumbaugh, Angie Brumbaugh, Blake Brumbaugh and Skylar Brumbaugh. Also surviving are three great grandchildren, Allie Virchow, Ryker and Baylor Johnson, a sister-in-law, Kathleen Brooks, nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services were Friday, 10:30 am, May 12, 2023, at the Williams Funeral Home in Red Cloud with the Rev. Gary Bennett officiating. Interment was at the Guide Rock Cemetery.
Williams Funeral Home
241 West 4th Avenue
Red Cloud, Nebraska 68970
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