Ruby Mae Hyvonen

Wednesday, January 2, 2019
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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

  • Monday, August 26, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 29, 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, August 29, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, August 30, 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, September 2, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.

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