Ruby Kathryn (Herlyck) OhrelJuly 27, 1916 – September 29, 2004
Ruby Ohrel of Glenwood Springs died Wed., Sept. 29, in Glenwood. She was 88. A woman full of humor and loved by everyone, she was known for playing her harmonica up to the end, demonstrating ill-regard for the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s. A friend to many, she valued a positive attitude, leaving everyone with the advice, “Don’t complain because nobody really cares about your ailments or problems anyway.” Though Mrs. Ohrel was a little lady in stature, many were known to look up to her because of her attitude. Mrs. Ohrel would always say, “A cheerful heart will get you as old as I am.”Ruby Ohrel was born July 27, 1916, in Oak Creek and raised in Agular. She was the fourth born in a family of five children to Louise Christianson and Vina Catherine (Taylor) Herlyck. Ruby was the only girl. All four brothers preceded her in death: Jesse James (Jimmy); Henry Lewis; Robert Samuel; and Samuel Christian.Ruby fondly recalls her growing-up years. She loved her father very much, and was happy to have four brothers no matter how much they teased her. She said they made a tomboy out of her. They nicknamed her “Pussy Cat” and she hated the name. Her mother abandoned the family when Ruby was about 5 years old, and her paternal grandmother moved into the home to raise the children. She said she really loved her grandmother but unfortunately because of her loss of memory, she could no longer remember her name. She did, however, fondly remember the beautiful flour sack dresses her grandmother always made her that the boys “always pulled up!”She stated that she was always in trouble for “bloodying-up” some boy for calling her Pussy Cat or pulling on her dress. The greatest memory Mrs. Ohrel had from her childhood was that she and the boys were all musically talented and she always played in a band with her brothers at church, social and county events. Ruby attended school up to the ninth grade. She was a caretaker in a nursing home during her adult livelihood. “They called me ‘Angel’ because of the wonderful massages I gave,” she stated. She married John Ohrel; however she could not recall the exact year or how long they were married. Mr. Ohrel died in Salida on May 24, 1951. They had one daughter, Marie Ann, who survives and lives in Austin, Texas. Mrs. Ohrel recalls her daughter as being the most important thing in her life.No services are being held. Mrs. Ohrel will be cremated and her ashes interned in her father’s grave in Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood. Farnum-Holt Funeral Home is in charge of cremation.No services are being held. Mrs. Ohrel will be cremated and her ashes interned in her father’s grave in Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood. Farnum-Holt Funeral Home is in charge of cremation.
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