Centenarian Ruby Stout honored with ice cream social | PostIndependent.com

Centenarian Ruby Stout honored with ice cream social

Ruby Stout and activities assistant Lesa Rust celebrate Stout’s 101st birthday at the Veteran’s Community Living Center in Rifle Monday with an ice cream social.
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It was quite an occasion at the Colorado State Veteran’s Community Living Center at Rifle when resident Ruby Lee Stout entered her second year of being a centenarian, turning 101 years old. She has been a resident at the Colorado State Veteran’s Living Center since February 2014.

Stout, born in 1914, is a spouse of a veteran, her husband having served in the Navy from June 22, 1944 until June 19, 1955. She married Date Stout in 1960 and he passed away in 1993. Born in Cabool, Missouri she was raised there until the age of 14 when the family moved to Meeker. She worked as a clerk at City Market for 21 years.

While Stout is a tiny 4’11, her spirit is large. She joked about when she was 16, she had several boyfriends so if one was out of town there was a back-up available to take her out on a date.

“I am just happy that all these special people are here to help me celebrate,” she said referring to family members and fellow residents. “I guess everyone likes me.” Stout was feted with an ice cream social Monday complete with different toppings and a favorite, whipped cream.

“My Mom has been a good, loving mother,” said daughter Dixie White, who attended the social with Stout’s great grandson Randy White and good friend Della Quintana. Ruby has two children, White and a son, Bill Allen (deceased), three grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 21 great-great grandchildren.

After enjoying her ice cream and opening her presents, Stout smiled and said, “I think it is time for a nap.”

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