Ruby Cutts

Ruby Cutts, age 94, of Yankton, South Dakota, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.

Funeral services are 10:30 AM, on Monday, October 5, 2020 at Vangen Lutheran Church in Mission Hill, South Dakota with Vicar Mary Hendricks Wilkens officiating.  The funeral will be live streamed at and on Ruby’s obituary page at  Burial will be at the Vangen Lutheran Cemetery in rural Mission Hill.  Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Sunday, October 4 at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM.  Visitation continues one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Pallbearers are all of her grandchildren.

Ruby Leverne (Long) Cutts was born August 7, 1926 to George and Malinda (Hanson) Long at Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota.  She grew up on a farm northeast of Mission Hill with four sisters and a brother.  She loved helping her dad on the farm with the chores.  Ruby graduated from Yankton High School and then obtained her teaching certificate at Yankton College.  She taught for several years at two Yankton County country schools, McFarland and DeVoe.  On June 1, 1948, Ruby married Franklin Cutts in Mission Hill.  They lived on the family farm and later in a home west of Mission Hill.  They owned the Mission Hill Locker and Grocery Store.  After the businesses were sold, Ruby was a working partner in Frank’s life insurance business for 30 years.  She also owned and operated the Pixie Gift House.  Ruby was a lifelong member of Vangen Lutheran Church.  She was baptized, confirmed and married there.  She was a Sunday School Teacher, Luther League Advisor, WELCA President, church council secretary and deacon.  Ruby enjoyed singing in the choir and at funerals with Frank.  They also enjoyed traveling together.  She treasured her family, deeply loved her grandchildren and enjoyed going to all their activities.  Family and friends loved the homemade cinnamon rolls, bread, and her famous goulash.

Ruby is survived by five children: Sheila (Jim) Urban of Pierre, SD, Sue (Terry) Corth of Rapid City, SD, Robin (Bernie) Goeden of Yankton, Alecia (Tom) Yaggie of Mission Hill, and Jay (Leanne) Cutts of Mission Hill; 13 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; one brother, Robert (Pat) Long of Pewaukee, WI; and many nieces and nephews.

Ruby was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank on April 15, 2007; two grandchildren, Anna (Goeden) Harty and Aaron Clark; and four sisters: Fern Bye, Alyce Walraven, Beth Medeck Snow, and Jean Silvey.





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9 response to "Ruby Cutts"

  1. By: Lynette Snoozy Jones Posted: October 2, 2020

    Blessed Ruby, loved by so many. I had the privilege of visiting with her when I was in SD two years ago. RiP beautiful lady.

  2. By: Louise E Mauch Posted: October 3, 2020

    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing, may God help you through this difficult time.

  3. By: Rex and Kay Fiedler Posted: October 3, 2020

    Ruby was such a wonderful lady and did so much for the town of Mission Hill and Vangen Lutheran church. She will be missed by many.You can rest assured that Heaven will be more organized once Ruby gets there. Love Rex and Kay Fiedler

  4. By: Erna Huitema Posted: October 3, 2020

    Ah Ruby..what a sweetie! I’ve known and loved this lady since I was a little girl. I marveled at her positive attitude every time I visited her at Majestic Bluffs. But I shouldn’t have been surprised…that was the way that she lived her life. Girls and Jay…I know you will miss your mom. Please take care and know how much I loved her.
    All my love,
    Erna Huitema
    (Erna Jo Fiedler)

  5. By: Karen Hill Nelson Posted: October 4, 2020

    Dear Girls, Jay, and family,
    My heart goes out to you all as you mourn the loss of Ruby. She and your dad were both so important in my life growing up especially. Ruby was always one of the persons I wanted to see when I was back in Yankton and one of the special persons to see when I visited at Vangen. What a loving, giving, beautiful person she was to everyone. I was one to benefit from her love, caring and guidance. I so remember all the times our families spent together growing up in Mission Hill and even after we moved from there. I am keeping you all in thought and sending prayers up for you as you go through this time. Ruby’s life is surely one to be celebrated!
    Karen Hill Nelson

  6. By: Patricia McKeachie Johnson Posted: October 4, 2020

    Ruby and her family were a very important part of my childhood, growing up on the farm next door to their home a little west of the village of Mission Hill. She offered love and a welcome smile every time I ran in the door into the kitchen when small. Although I was a little older than the other kids, we were close neighbors and played together often. Ruby and I have kept in touch every Christmas after I moved to AZ, including last year. Ruby and Frank sang at my father’s funeral at Vangen in 1998. You will be missed very much. A life well lived. With Love.

  7. By: Ray & Ruth Oberlin Posted: October 5, 2020

    To: Sheila, Sue, Robin, Alecia, and Jay, Our hearts go out to all of you over the loss of your mother. How wonderful and blessed all of you are to have had a mother that was so filled with the Holy Spirit. Aunt Ruby was truly a great role model in everything she did. You will always have that to cherish in your hearts. “PEACE BE WITH YOU”, Love always, The Walraven’s

  8. By: Doug Metz Posted: October 5, 2020

    I’m very sorry to hear about Ruby’s passing. Ruby normally sat with my brother Duane at Majestic Bluffs and it was always a pleasure to talk with her when I visited Duane. My thoughts and prayers go out to Ruby’s family.

  9. By: Tammy Kokesh Posted: October 10, 2020

    What a beautiful video tribute for a beautiful person. I am so sorry for the loss of your wonderful mom and grandma. There will never be another person in this world like Ruby, my beautiful friend. Ruby was always a bright spot in my day when I waitressed at Fryn’ Pan. I love her so much. I will never forget her. My prayers are with you all. With Love, Tammy Kokesh

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