Ruby Mae Hyvonen

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Ruby Mae Hyvonen, 94, passed away Friday, Dec. 21, 2018 at the Willows where she resided for the last 5 1⁄2 years.

Ruby was born March 22, 1924 in her family home near Boyd, Montana, to Orville and Sarah Burris, being delivered before Orville could get back with the Doctor. She was the third of nine children. She attended school in Boyd and Joliet and excelled in reading, enough to skip the second grade. During the Great Depression years, she had the opportunity to spend a year on a Wyoming sheep ranch with the Woos- ley family and be a classmate to the lone girl in their grade. After graduation, Ruby worked at the OPA Office in Joliet, handing out food and gas rations during World War II. She met her husband, Raymond Hyvonen at a dance in Red Lodge and they were married Nov.11, 1944, being blessed with 60 years of marriage.

She was an active in several service organizations including the Moose Lodge, Eastern Star, Draper Club and Great Books Club. She was a Historian and a member of the Red

Lodge Community Church. Though not of Finnish heritage, she was in charge of the Finnish room for the Festival of Nations for many years and joined the Kaleva Lodge. She hosted Finnish exchange student, Leena for a year. Ruby was the Eagles Lodge State Mother when her sister-in- law, Ina Prinkki was State President for the Eagles Lodge. Ruby was a leader for both the Boys and Girls Scouts and also worked as an Election Officer for many years.

She loved being surrounded by family and friends, and picnics and saunas at family farms were weekly events. She and Ray enjoyed many travels with their families. Ruby was always available to help her children with apple picking, canning beans, childcare, ironing, and even ranch work on horseback. Reading, baking, yardwork, visiting, serving others, and grand and great-grand children were her favorite pastimes until macular degeneration and dementia robbed her of those activities.

Ruby is survived by sons Randall (Karen) and Rodney (Martha) Hyvonen; daughters, Raenell (Ralph) Johnson and Renee (Harris) Gabrian; 12 grandchildren, Audrey Hyvonen Bromberg (Isaac), Shelby (Seth) Hames, Megan (David), Macy (James), Ian (Veronica) and Brenna (Reece) Hyvonen, Raylee (Blaine) Suta, Roman (Carrie) Johnson, Lael (Joel), Andrew Gabrian, and Kelsey (Nathan) Baver; 10 great-grandchildren, Daia and Sadie Bromberg, Fern and Otto Koen, Bella and Lucas Hyvonen, Kaitlyn and Will Suta and Colter and Erica Johnson. Ruby also is survived by sisters, Alice Zumbrun, Phyllis


Cortner and Rita Burris; sisters-in-law Frances Hyvonen, Mae Burris, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ray, her parents, brothers David, Joe and Herb Burris; sisters Mary Cline and Rose Langevin, and many brothers and sisters-in-law all of whom were so important in her life.

Special thank you to her granddaughter, Megan, for being her wonderful housemate and caretaker; allowing her three more years in her home. Thank you to the staff at The Willows for their loving care, to Dr. Fouts and Dr. McNamer and staff for their expert medical care, and the Beartooth Billings Clinic Hospice for their assistance in her final week.

Memorial services will be held the first week of July at the Kaleva Lodge, date to be determined. Memorials may be given to the Red Lodge Community Church, P.O. Box 786, Red Lodge, MT, 59068; Finnish Kaleva Park, P.O. Box 128, Roberts, MT 59070; The Willows, P.O. Box 2011, Red Lodge, MT 59068 or charity of choice.


Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, May 24, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Monday, May 27, 2019 - 7:00am
    *American Legion Carbon County Post 17 Memorial Day schedule, May 27 7 a.m. Breakfast at Red Lodge Café 8:30 a.m. Memorial Service at Belfry Cemetery 9:30 a.m. Memorial Service at Bearcreek Cemetery 10:30 a.m. Parade through Red Lodge.  10:15 a.m. Meet at the corner of 14th and Broadway. Following parade there will be a lunch  at the Red Lodge Elk’s Lodge 11 a.m. Memorial Service at Red Lodge Cemetery 1:30 p.m. Parade in Roberts followed by Memorial Service at Roberts Cemetery. For further information contact Kenneth Beggs, Commander Carbon County Post 17 at   *The Clarks Fork American Legion Post 71 and the Joliet VFW Post 5748 will be doing Memorial Day services Monday, May 27. Rev. Robert Reed of the Joliet Baptist  Church will be the Speaker of the day.   The schedule for the day will be: 9 a.m. Services at the Gebo Cemetery. 9:30 a.m. March through Fromberg Main St. 10 a.m.   Services at Rockvale Cemetery 11 a.m. Services at Joliet Cemetery 11:30 a.m. March through Joliet Main St. A potluck lunch will be held at the  Joliet Community Center following the services.  Everyone is welcome to come. Any veterans who would like to help who haven’t been contacted can show up at the Gebo Cemetery at 8:45 a.m. Memorial Day or call Rich Pierce at 962-3320 or Jody Stene 962-3779.  
  • Monday, May 27, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The Carbon County News

Street Address:

11 N. Broadway, Red Lodge, MT 59068

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 970, Red Lodge, MT 59068

Phone: 406-446-2222

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