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Ruby C. Chapin

Published: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

BOULDER, Colo. – Ruby Cora Chapin, 100, of Boulder, formerly of Tampico, died peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. 

Ruby was born Dec. 18, 1913, in Erie, the daughter of Howard and Effie (Williams) Eddy. She graduated from Erie High School in 1931, and attended Normal Business School. She married Harry Chapin in 1936, and they lived in Tampico before retiring in 1985 to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Ruby moved to Colorado in 2002. 

Ruby was an active member of Tampico United Methodist Church. She was a devoted wife, mother and volunteer. She also played an active role in the Chapin’s Tampico Creamery and Hatchery, the family business.

In spite of having limited mobility, hearing, and sight, Ruby maintained a positive attitude and great sense of humor. She also valued her independence. She lived on her own at Golden West, a senior residence in Boulder, where she attended her 100th birthday celebration, went to meals unassisted, and made occasional trips to family gatherings. 

She is survived by three children, Sally (Tom) Grahn of Nederland, Colo., Sam (Debby) Chapin of Aurora, Colo., and Bill (Amy) Chapin of Grayslake. Ruby also was a proud grandmother to Robert Grahn, Emily Chapin Lewis, and Bradford and Andrew Chapin; and great-grandmother to Xander and Kolby Lewis.

Ruby was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Roy Eddy; sister, Ruth (Vernon) Avery; and her grandson, Andrew Chapin.

The family will hold a private celebration of Ruby’s life. Crist Mortuary in Boulder is handling arrangements.

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