Ruby E. Flanders

By The Mercury

Ruby Flanders, 90, of St.George, died October 25, 2013, at the Wamego Health Center.

The family provided some of the following information.

She was born on Dec. 23, 1922, in Broughton, the daughter of Eli and Carrie (Motto) Oppenlander.

Ruby worked as a clerk for Western Auto as her first job out of high school.  She then went to work as a bookkeeper for International Harvester.  Most importantly she was a loving and precious mother and grandmother to her family.

On Dec. 23, 1944 in Highland, she was united in marriage to Thomas D. Flanders.  They moved to St. George in 1967.  Mr. Flanders preceded her in death in 1972. She was also preceded in death by six brothers and five sisters.

Ruby was a member of the St. George United Methodist Church where she volunteered in handing out commodities.  Other memberships included Modern Woodmen of America and the Eastern Star.  She enjoyed crocheting, reading, sewing, canning, crossword puzzles and playing games such as Solitaire and Yahtzee.  She also enjoyed fishing, was an avid K-State Fan and loved to play piano (by ear) and sing for enjoyment. Ruby helped residents through Green Thumb in St. George for many years.  She later helped clean apartments for the Lundin family complexes in Manhattan and loved baby sitting her great-granddaughter Kelsey.

She is survived by her four children; Sandra Sweet of Wamego, Sharon Humbert and her husband Jebbie of Galena, Mo., Linda Estep and her husband Steven of Belton, Texas and Kevin Flanders of St. George. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Ruby is also survived my numerous extended family members and many friends and will be missed greatly by all.

The family will receive friends during a visitation from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Ulrey officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

A memorial has been established for the American Heart Association.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502.

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