First Jackson Homecomers queen dies

Monday, August 18, 2008
Submitted photo Ruby Conrad
Submitted photo Ruby Conrad

Jackson's first Homecomers Queen died today.

Ruby Isabelle Conrad, 92, died at her home in Jackson. In 1935, she won a diamond ring and earned the distinction of being the first woman to represent Jackson's annual Homecomers festival. Conrad, then known as Isabelle Johnson, was 19.

In July, she told the Southeast Missourian she never entered another beauty contest and "I never did make a habit of going around telling" about the one she did.

Conrad was born June 15, 1916, in Gravel Hill, Mo., daughter of James Henry and Tavie Isabelle Seabaugh Johnson.

She taught school for two years at Gravel Hill, worked at the former Wayside Restaurant in Jackson, and owned and operated the former Mac's Restaurant in Jackson. She married Earl Truman Conrad on March 28, 1942, and was homemaker — known for her love of gardening, canning, sewing and taking good care of her family.

Despite a hospitalization, Conrad was able to attend the Homecomers Queen Reunion during the 100-year anniversary of Jackson Homecomers just last month.

Visitation is set for 4 to 8 p.m. at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson. Memorials may be made to Millersville United Methodist Church, or Southeast Hospice. Sympathy messages may be sent to the family online at www.mccombsfuneralhome.com

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