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Ruby “Murle” (Self) Woolston May 9, 1929 – October 25, 2019

Ruby “Murle” (Self) Woolston, 90, of Brunswick, MO passed away on Friday, October 25, 2019 at Brunswick Nursing Home in Brunswick, MO. Funeral services will be held at Breshears Memorial Chapel in Brunswick, MO on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 11:00 A.M.  Gail Brown will officiate the service. Visitation will precede the service on Thursday from 9:30-11:00 A.M.  Burial will be in Elliott Grove Cemetery in Brunswick, MO.

Murle was born on May 9, 1929 in rural Marshall, MO, the daughter of Emmet and Margaret (Vardeman) Self.  In 1947, she graduated from Miami High School in Miami, MO.  On May 24, 1947, Murle married Maurice Howerton.  They were blessed with two children, Ruby and Ron.  Maurice preceded Murle in passing in December 1951.  On April 4, 1955, Murle was united in marriage to James Nelson Woolston.  Together they were blessed with three children, Gary, Randy, and Angie.  Nelson preceded her in passing in December 1990.

Murle was a dedicated employee in the laundry department at the Brunswick Nursing Home for over 44 years. Comradery, a sense of purpose, and a strong work ethic compelled her to work there, quitting only when her health prevented it at age 86. She enjoyed reading, spending time with her family, celebrating holidays, doing laundry, watching Dr. Phil, and going to the grocery store.  Murle was a member of the Baptist Church in Brunswick, MO. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by four children, Ruby Howerton of Brunswick, MO, Gary and Suzanne Woolston of Keytesville, MO, Randy and Cindy Woolston of Brunswick, MO, and Angie and Wayne Thoeni of DeWitt, MO; 12 grandchildren, Marty Norris,  Cristy Thomas, Chad Howerton, Janel Schick, Nicholas Howerton, Travis Woolston, Daniel Woolston, Jacob Woolston, Liza Woolston, Rachel Casner, Erin Fletcher, and Justin Thoeni;  two step grandchildren, Zachary Wahlbrink and DeEsta Newman; 18 great-grandchildren; 3 step-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Sarah Breshears, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dale and Pat Woolston and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Maurice and Nelson; her son, Ron Howerton; and five siblings, including her twin sister, Lucy Sullivan.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons and honorary pallbearers will be her granddaughters. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Brunswick Baptist Church or Elliott Grove Cemetery.  Donations may be left at or mailed to Breshears Memorial Chapel, 207 W. Broadway, Brunswick, MO, 65236.

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