Ruby Lee Kostelecky

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October 10, 1934 - June 9, 2019
Born in Bourbon, MO
Resided in St. Peters, MO

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Ruby Lee Kostelecky (nee Tayloe), of St Peters, MO, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019 at the age of 84. Loving wife of the late Frank L. Kostelecky; beloved daughter of the late Henry H. and Ellen C. Tayloe; devoted mother of Donna E. (the late Alexander) Ocheltree, Ellen M. (Darryl) Croft, Carol J. (Brian) Wilson, and Julie Ray (Mike) Polson; cherished grandmother of  Keith Ocheltree, Keri (Michael) Beutel, John Anderson, Jr., Sarah Anderson, Timothy (Crystal) Wilson, and Amy (Jim) Dreyer; treasured great-grandmother of Blathan Ocheltree, Eva Ocheltree, Toby Renshaw, Aiden  Beutel, Nora Beutel, Katelyn Anderson, Jaiden Anderson, Tyler Wilson, Kayla Wilson, Lyla Wilson, and James Ray Dreyer; dear sister of Marvin (the late Donna) Tayloe, Anna (Don) Eastman, and Vernon (Carol) Tayloe. Ruby is also preceded in death by her twin sister, Rosa Lee Milne.

Ruby is lovingly remembered by her family as an excellent cook, who was also an accomplished quilter. She loved her girls, and was a devoted and kind mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Ruby was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ruby's honor to the American Heart Association.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Vernon and Carol June 10, 2019 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    Ruby, You were always there for us and us for you. We will miss you dearly.

  2. Mary and Rich June 11, 2019 at 5:10 am - Reply

    I will so miss that smile of yours. I love you like my own Mother.

  3. Linda Schafer June 11, 2019 at 9:29 am - Reply

    So sorry to hear of Ruby’s passing. We so enjoyed Frank and her visit to Nebraska for my Mom and Dad’s (Curtis & Wilma Schafer) for their 50th wedding anniversary. We want you to know that we are thinking of you at this time of sorrow. Please keep in touch.With deepest sympathy.

    We so love our Missouri family!
    Carolyn (Schafer) & Dean Maurer & family
    Linda & Marlene Schafer Cell (L) 402-720-1615 or (M) 402-720-0694
    Harold & Deb Schafer & family

  4. Robert Mitchell June 11, 2019 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    Robert and Georgia

    So sorry to hear of Ruby’s passing. May she rest in peace. Your cousins, Robert ans Georgia Mitchell

  5. Lois Cannon June 11, 2019 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    candle 4Donna you are in our prayers, Your Mom was always good to us.

  6. Kathleen June 12, 2019 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    candle 2It is never easy to lose a parent, especially a close one. Thinking of Julie and her family in this sad time.

  7. Julie Ray Polson June 14, 2019 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Ruby was a very strong-willed woman and a very loving and giving mother. She raised me and my sisters to do onto others as you would like to be treated–without prejudice.

    She made most of our clothes as we were growing up. And cooked every meal from scratch.

    She enjoyed country music and back in the day, she enjoyed her bourbon and water! She was an excellent cook and liked to try new recipes and her husband Frank would be her taster. Super Bowls were always fun with all the food she made.

    She worked hard at Watlow Electric as a winder on an early shift. She made good friends there and she’d do anything for them. She would take one of her coworkers — which happened to also be a neighbor– to work on snowy days and even called her every morning because the woman had a hard time waking up for work.

    She loved animals, especially cats. Her best friend (kitty) Cee Cee passed away about a year ago and it broke her heart. She had brought him in as a stray and saved his life. He was her companion and would lay on her lap almost constantly. She had a special towel that was just for him and so his claws wouldn’t hurt while he was kneading her!

    She was particularly close to her twin sister, Rosa, and they would talk every day. They used to go to the Wentzville Flea Market and had a friendly competition when finding coo coo clocks and string holders and musical instruments, among other things! She bought a pedal organ and took lessons on how to play it. And if a coo coo clock needed repair, she would fix it.

    In later years, we went to Garage Sales together every Saturday. It was very important to her to get to the sale when it opened. And we wanted to get her a bumper sticker that said, “I break for squirrels!” Because she did!

    Ruby cared a lot about her appearance too. She always dressed neatly and spent hours on her hair which at one point hung as long as her waist. She would sit in front of a living room chair and I would brush her beautiful long black hair.

    She enjoyed quilting and was like a machine making them, she made so many. They were quilted by hand (not machine). All four of her girls have quilts made lovingly by her as well as grand kids. She liked to crochet too and there are many of those to cherish as well.

    She was very wise too. I would have a problem and she would have a solution the next morning. She would think about something and analyze the best solution.

    Overall, she was a beautiful mom and just loved her girls.

  8. Mark and Julie June 16, 2019 at 10:27 am - Reply

    candle 8Love you

  9. Rosemary Peters June 16, 2019 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Julie what a lovely memorial to your mom. By your account I can tell she was a wonderful woman. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  10. Shari Kostelecky Courser September 10, 2019 at 9:36 am - Reply

    There is another family involved here that loved Ruby. Her husband, Frank, was my father. He really loved Ruby. My brothers, Rohnn, Rick and Shan (now deceased) and myself were also part of her life. she inherited us when she married Frank. I know sometimes it was hard for her with us. I really loved Rudy and glad dad found her. She was also a part of our children too. Neil, Aaron, Nathan, Shauna, Scott, Shelly, Gretchyn and Olivia. and now some great grandchildren she never met, Abby, Hannah and Piper. I tried to stay in touch with her. . I have one of her quilts she made for me on my bed. I hope her daughters realize that because we are not present in their lives that we are not forgotten. I remember going with her to the flea market at 5am. Her and dad collected many things.I visited with Ruby a couple years ago when I was in town and she hadn’t changed a bit. Looked so young and vibrant. I’m sad she is gone and the house is selling. Such memories. I would really appreciate it if the family could email me asap. God bless you Ruby.

  11. rohnn kostelecky September 11, 2019 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Sorry to hear of Ruby’s passing. I remember her as a kind and gentle person, she had to be to put up with my dad!! My condolences to her daughters.

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