Ruby Loraine Barman was born March 16, 1932 in Steelville to William and Ida Haffer and passed away on Monday, April 15, 2019 at the age of 87 years.
After graduating from Steelville High School Ruby spent most of her working life in downtown St. Louis, Missouri working in banking. She was a devoted woman of faith and a long-time member of Maplewood Baptist Church.
Ruby was an avid reader and enjoyed watching sports on television, especially Cardinals baseball, figure skating competitions and the Olympics. She enjoyed collecting family photographs on her home computer and assembling albums for her loved ones.
In the ‘90s she developed a fondness for traveling, something she regretted not doing earlier in life. She made up for the late start with two trips to Europe, a trip to South Korea, a cruise to Alaska and two vacations in Hawaii. As news of her passing spread, condolences and prayers were received from as far away as Paris and Seoul. Many of her favorite stories to tell were of her experiences while traveling with her husband, sons and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ida Haffer; one daughter, Janice Carol Gowers; two sons, Eugene Gowers and Gary Gowers; and one great great granddaughter, Angel Gowers.
She is survived by her husband, William Barman, of St. Louis, Missouri; son, David Gowers and his wife Cielo Masado-Gowers of Sacramento, California; four grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 19, 2019 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri with Bill Gowers officiating. Special music of “Wayfaring Stranger” was sung by Norma Thomas. Other music of “Amazing Grace”, “Where We Will Never Grow Old” and “I’ll Fly Away” was played.
Interment was in the Haffer Family Cemetery outside Steelville, Missouri.
Casket bearers were William Gowers, Gary Gowers, Jason Gowers, Maceon Griefe, Bud Haffer and Ethan Gowers.
Arrangements under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home of Steelville, Missouri.