Ruby L. Iams

December 22, 1928 ‒ January 12, 2021

Marion, Ohio
Formerly of Prospect, Ohio

Ruby L. Iams, age 92, of Marion and formerly of Big Island, peacefully went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at her son’s home surrounded by her loving family following an extended illness.

On December 22, 1928, Ruby was born in Marion County, Ohio, the youngest of three children of the late Reuben and Grace (Baker) Snyder.

While her children were younger, Ruby was a loving homemaker caring for her family’s every need all while working as a clerk at Shaffers IGA in Prospect for 20 years, retiring in 1988.  Always keeping busy, she continued working cleaning houses for her family and friends.

“Quite the dancer”, Ruby loved going to the Moose to dance the night away.  One fateful night she reconnected with an old classmate on the dance floor, Harold Iams.  They were married shortly thereafter on August 4, 2000.  They shared 13 blissful years together.  He preceded her in death on June 15, 2013.

Very faithful, Ruby was a member of the Green Camp United Methodist Church.  She also was a member of the Eagles, and the Women of the Moose.

Always in charge, Ruby was the matriarch of her family and their “master delegator”.    She cherished all of her friends and the staff at Kingston during her three years there, where she also loved keeping everyone busy with 300 piece jigsaw puzzles.

Ruby will be dearly missed for her outgoing, feisty spirit.  She also had a “heart of gold”, caring deeply for her beloved family and friends. She wore many hat’s during her years with us, she was the unofficial coroner at Centerville, dance hall manager, taught the neighbor kids (Centerville Swingers) how to square dance and driving instructor for her grandkids from age 10 to12.

Left to cherish her memory are her four children: Susan (Tom) Matthews of Marengo, David Wolf of Marion, Don (Terri) Wolf, and Dennis (Jean) Wolf, both of LaRue; 11 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren with two more on the way; and several nieces and nephews.

Including her husband and parents, Ruby was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Snyder; a sister, Betty Piper; a son-in-law, Joe Pertuset and former husband, Richard “Dick” Wolf.

Services honoring Ruby’s life will be held at 2:30 pm on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at Prospect Cemetery, with Pastor Josh Freshour officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Capital City Hospice, 2800 Corporate Exchange Dr #170, Columbus, OH 43231 (

On behalf of her family, they would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to the nurses and aides with Capitol City Hospice

Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel, are honored to serve Ruby’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • So sad to hear of Ruby’s going home to the Lord. I know she is now with Jesus and have enjoyed being her and Harolds pastor for many years. She certainly will be missed by all who knew her. May The Good Lord watch over the family at this time and always after! Prayers, Rev. David and Janet Lippert

  • I am deeply sorry to hear of Ruby’s passing. She was a great lady and she will be missed by all. I have many wonderful memories of her and Harold. They are together again, dancing the night away!
    With Deepest Sympathy,

  • Our family was so blessed when Ruby married Uncle Harold in 2000. They were perfect for each other. Everyone around them felt the joy and love that they shared. We send our condolences to all of her wonderful family and hope that loving memories ease the sorrow. of her loss.

  • We all were lucky to have known Ruby but you all were blessed to be family and what a wonderful family she raised! Ruby showed you to make the most of life and dance and enjoy it fully and she even showed you that love can always be found again. May every time you hear your favorite song it bring a smile to your face and remind you of her
    Our thoughts and sympathy are with the entire family

  • So sorry to hear of Ruby’s passing. She lived such a good life and brought much happiness to her families and friends. I don’t ever remember seeing her without a smile on her face. Love and prayers to the family .

  • So sorry to hear the news of Ruby’s passing and our thoughts and prayers go out to Sue and her entire family. What a blessing for all of you to have her in your life for so many years! May your sweet memories help you find peace and comfort during these sad days.

  • Sorry about your mother’s passing as you will miss her on Earth. I do believe she is with God. She raised you and you are excellent people, so her love and values continue on Earth. May God be with you always.

  • My deepest sympathy to Sue, David, Don and Dennis and your families. I remember your mother from my childhood. You were blessed to have had her as long as you did. She passed along a lot of love and values that will last through many generations of her great family.

  • Ruby was a wonderful and fun person to work with. We had a lot of fun working at Shaffer’s IGA. She always had a smile no matter what the day held in store.
    Prayers for your family. RIP Ruby

  • Dennis & Jean, while I never had the privilege of meeting Grandma Ruby, I’ve hear many stories of what a wonderful, beloved lady she was. I’m very glad Remy & Bennett got to spend time with their great grandmother.
    My deepest sympathies, Cindy

  • We are so sorry to hear of Ruby’s passing. She was such a compassionate woman with unlimited energy and enthusiasm. We were thrilled when she and Uncle Harold married – he was so very happy. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Mark, Carolyn, Emily and Jonathan Green

  • We extend our deepest sympathy to the Iams and the Wolf families. Ruby was such a neat and eloquent lady. God Bless!

  • We extend our deepest sympathy in the loss of your precious loved one! Ruby’s spunky spirit, ever present smile and courageous attitude leaves a precious memory to all who encountered her along life’s journey. May you each hold on to the hope and peace of everlasting life, promised by Our Savior!

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