Ruby F. Osborne, 85

Homemaker, seamstress

April 27, 2007

Ruby F. Osborne, a homemaker and longtime Glen Burnie resident, died of leukemia Saturday at the Millersville home of a daughter. She was 85.

The former Ruby Frances Beck was born and raised in Hemphill, W.Va. A year after her high school graduation, she married James Clark Osborne. While he was fighting as a Marine in the Pacific theater during World War II, Mrs. Osborne was an American Red Cross secretary at Parris Island, S.C.

After the war, the couple lived for a few years in Crichton, W.Va., a coal mining town, before moving to Baltimore's Federal Hill in 1952.

In the 1950s, Mrs. Osborne was a financial secretary for Family Finance before leaving to raise her family.

She and her husband, who became a sergeant in the Baltimore Police Department, lived in Glen Burnie for 50 years. He died in 2003.

Mrs. Osborne was a coin collector and taught sewing and quilting. She also had been active with the Girl Scouts, and was a 50-year member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Glen Burnie, where she sewed robes for the choir and directed its Vacation Bible School program for many years. Her funeral service was held there Wednesday.

Surviving are two sons, James C. Osborne Jr. of Orange City, Calif., and Thomas L. Osborne of Columbia; two daughters, Gwendolyn F. Osborne of Lewes, Del., and Deborah L. Badro of Millersville; four brothers, Charles Beck of San Diego, Luther Beck of Fort Wayne, Ind., John Beck of Port Orchard, Wash., and Bobby Beck of Vancouver, Wash.; a sister, Janice Arnold of Vancouver, Wash.; eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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