Glenna was born in Moab to Kenneth V. Hawks and Elfleda Barker Hawks on March 24, 1933. Glenna was raised on the family farm (now Walker subdivision) in Moab with her seven sisters and brother. As a young woman, Glenna worked in a small café on the corner of Center and Main. It was while working in that café that Glenna met the love of her life, James “Murray” Ruby.
Murray and Glenna were married Feb. 11, 1952 in Moab. Their early married life was spent in Moab, though they later settled permanently in Salt Lake City. Murray and Glenna tried for many years to conceive a child without success, but were finally blessed with a beautiful daughter, Rebecca, ten years into their union. Glenna always spoke so fondly of how over-the-moon Murray was for Rebecca.
The quintessential 1950s housewife, Glenna was a stay-at-home mother and homemaker. Glenna was an amazing self-taught culinary master. She made many wedding cakes over the years and was famous (or infamous, depending on how you want to look at it) for her snack mix. Her family all fondly remember all the wonderful treats she was always making, be it hand-dipped chocolates, pastry, watermelon pickles, or breaded fried chicken livers with onions.
Glenna was even published in the Salt Lake City paper, receiving the whole front page of the section, with pictures of her various Christmas candies and cookies, with further space on another page devoted to some of her favorite recipes. Glenna loved Christmas and always spent a lot of time decorating for the holiday.
After Murray passed away in 1997, Glenna moved home to Moab to be closer to family.
Though Glenna never had any grandchildren of her own, she was quick to “adopt” her sisters’ grandchildren and great-grandchildren, often babysitting, well into her late seventies. Glenna adored the kids and always went out of her way to make them feel special on their birthdays and at Christmas time. The kids (even some of the adult kids) fondly refer to her as Aunt Grannie.
She was our “bonus” grannie and is sorely missed.
Glenna is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Murray Ruby; parents, Kenneth and Elfleda; stepfather, Lester “Bud” Walker; older sister, Dixie “Pinky” Hawks Bass and a younger sister, Andrea Walker Winters. Glenna is survived by her daughter, Rebecca Ruby; sisters Kenna Hawks Bridges (Ed), Judy Walker Tangreen (Kay), Nancy Walker Knell (Mike), Sally Walker Puska (Gary), LaVonna Walker Groff (Bill), brother, Ronald Walker (LaDawn) and more nieces and nephews than can be counted.
A service for friends and family will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the LDS stake center on Locust Lane.