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Ruby M. Hougan

1917 2014

Service: Holy Cross Lutheran Church - Madison, WI
  Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 1 p.m.
Visitation: Holy Cross Lutheran Church - Madison, WI
  Sunday, July 13, 2014 for one hour prior to the service.



            Ruby Marcella Hougan, 96, passed from this life into eternal glory on July 9, 2014, while a resident at Pleasant Manor in Faribault, Minnesota. The funeral service will be held on Sunday, July 13, 2014, 1 PM, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Madison, Wisconsin, with visitation prior to the funeral beginning at 12:00 PM. Pastor Mark Bartels will be officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens in Madison, next to her loving husband of 61 years, Howard Hougan, who preceded her in death. 

            Ruby, the youngest of five children, grew up on a dairy farm in Jefferson County, WI. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at a little country church in Hubbleton, where her parents were faithful members.

              Ruby was a stay-at-home mom to four children, and successfully juggled child rearing with cooking, baking, sewing, canning, gardening, substitute teaching, and organist duties (for almost 50 years) at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. In 1968, she was called to teach first grade in their new elementary school and continued there for many years. She was also an active member of Reserve Officers' Association Ladies (ROAL) and the Lamplighters group of AAL.

            Retirement took them from their beloved home in Madison to Faribault, MN, where Ruby was active in Kiwanis, Meals-On-Wheels, Bible studies, and as a transcriptionist at Therapywerks. She also continued to be a guest organist at several churches. In 2010, Ruby moved to an independent living arrangement in Mankato, MN. A stroke in 2013 ended her active lifestyle, but for a year-and-a-half, she graced her family with loving smiles and an upbeat attitude. Even bedridden, she was an inspiration to staff and family alike. 

            Ruby is survived by four children and their spouses: Victoria Butterfield (Michael), Karen Madson (Jim Bina), Kristi Paterson (Richard), and Paul Hougan (Beth). She also is survived by 17 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren (with 3 more on-the-way). She was preceded in death by her husband, four siblings, and a son-in-law.

            Memorials may be directed to "Partners in Christ," a tuition-assistance program of Holy Cross Lutheran School, or to Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN.

            Her life and witness was built on faith as a redeemed child of God. Even as she has entered glory, Ruby reminds us of the words of Christ Himself, "Feed My Lambs." Blessed be her memory!


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Name: Jerry Treder
Email: jttreder4144@gmail.com
Date: Monday July 14, 2014


So sorry for your loss. I wish I could have been there to share my condolences to the family, but I wish to give you all long distance hugs from sunny Florida. Your Mom/Gma was an extraordinarily special lady. It is always sad to lose a loved one, but at 96 we know that she lived a full life. I am betting that she was awaiting the day that she could once again be with her loving Howard. I have always said that those two would be the perfect example of a perfect married couple and parents. God be with your family as you mourn, Jerry Treder

Name: Shirley Gulvik
Email: gulvik@sbcglobal.net
Date: Saturday July 12, 2014


Many thanks to Mrs Hougan for all the caring and kindness she gave to us at Holy Cross. She was a true example of christianity. She is loved by all. Our sincere condolences to her family. Sincerly, the Gulviks/

Name: Trudy Wiechmann
Date: Saturday July 12, 2014


Paul and Beth and all of the family, God's plans for HIS Children are not always our plans and we know His are all for GOOD. Since I will not be in Madison, see you later this month. Stay strong filled with God's LOVE and PEACE. Memorial will go to Bethany.

Name: Kim Braatz
Date: Friday July 11, 2014


Ruby, I will love you forever and I will see you in heaven.