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The Mrs. Ruby Erzen Bearss Memorial Fund

This fund was established in December 2007 in loving memory of Ruby Erzen Bearss by her husband Pat and daughters Patti and Linda.

Ruby Erzen Bearss of West Hills, CA. passed away on December 23, 2007 due to complications of vascular disease.

Ruby was born June 17, 1926 to Paul and Rose Erzen in Roundup, Montana.  She graduated from Klein High School in 1945, was president of her class and editor of the school newspaper.  She worked at Western Union in Billings, MT. before being transferred to Oakland, CA. as a supervisor.  Ruby returned to Montana in 1948 and worked for the pharmaceutical firm, McKesson-Robbins and then at Stroup's Hardware, as a manager and buyer.  There she met her future husband of 57 years, Robert 'Pat' Bearss.  They married on October 1, 1950.  For their honeymoon, Ruby and Pat drove out to Hollywood, CA. in their 1946 Chevy. One humorous antidote was the flat tire they got on the way home.  Pat had his 5'2, eyes of blue, blonde bride stand on the side of the road to grab attention from passing cars.  It worked!

After Patti and Linda were born, the family moved to Lakewood, California where Ruby chose to be a stay-at-home Mom.  She was an active participant in the PTA, a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, volunteered on the school board and signed on for various other community projects.  She helped set up her children's school library, as well as wrote and edited for their school newspaper.  After her daughters graduated from high school, Ruby and Pat eventually moved to West Hills, CA. where she took a job at Builders Emporium and worked for 13 years.

Ruby had a zest for life and was charming and fun. She loved to travel, socialize and wanted to be "where the action is!"  She liked to dance to the music from The Big Band era and enjoyed sports as a spectator and as a participant.  She was captain of her bowling team, with a 235 high score.  One of Ruby's more recent highlights was the celebration of her 50th Wedding Anniversary at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas.  Ruby possessed an invincible spirit, with a sparkle in her eye and a smile on her face. She courageously battled her many health challenges during the final years with that same attitude.  She was a devoted mother and wife who cherished her family, pets and friends. Ruby instilled in her children the importance of family values, and inspired us all with her loyalty, unconditional love and grace. 

We are blessed to have had this time on earth with our beloved wife, mother, mother-in-law and friend.  We will miss her physical presence dearly, but her memory and spirit shall live on and remain in our hearts forever.

To contribute funds, messages, or memorials to the Ruby Erzen Bearss Memorial Fund, please use our easy and secure online donation form or contact info@vdf.org. You may also post a message of remembrance on our Tribute Garden.