Ruby Call

ROCHELLE — Ruby Call, 87, of Rochelle, passed away on Tuesday, April 26 at Franklin Grove Living and Rehab Center. Born Oct. 28, 1934, in Pontotoc, Mississippi, she was the daughter of Willie Lee and Lonie Russell. After the early death of her mother, Ruby lived with her grandparents, Joe Ernest and Beeda “Granny” Russell, in Parkin, Arkansas, before moving to Rochelle in 1954.

She was happily married to Loren Call of Ava, Missouri, from 1956 until his passing in 2002. Ruby is predeceased by her sister, Priscilla Faye Russell Call, and her brother, Lee Russell.  

Ruby is survived by two sons, Keith Call of Wheaton, Illinois, and Kevin (Linda) Call of Omaha, Nebraska; three grandchildren, Tyler Call, Ryan Call and Autumn Call and one great-grandson, Micah Larson.  

Ruby worked for three decades in the meat processing industry in Rochelle until her retirement in 1993. She occasionally waitressed at local diners, a part-time gig she thoroughly enjoyed.  

Ruby was a gracious, quiet Southern lady who loved Jesus. She worked long hours in frigid conditions to provide a stable, comfortable life for her family. She attended First Baptist Church of Rochelle, a great source of peace and friendship.

The visitation will be from 10-11 a.m., Friday, April 29 at the First Baptist Church in Rochelle. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the church with Pastor Doug Cowan officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Memory Gardens in Rochelle. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to First Baptist Church, 810 Woolf Ct, Rochelle, IL, 61068. Visit to sign the online guest book. 


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