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Ruth  Maxine  McGregor
     Ruth Maxine McGregor, 89, of North Platte, passed away Jan.27 at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte. She was born Aug. 7, 1923, at her grandparents'' home north of Dickens to C. Ernest and Pearl Shipler James.
     Ruth attended a one room country school through eighth grade except for one year when she attended Dickens School because she was the only student in District No. 131. As a child, Ruth was able to participate in the Lincoln County Spelling Bee. She graduated from Dickens High School in 1941 in a class of four students.
     On Feb. 17, 1943, Ruth married Ervin Robert "Mac" McGregor, of Hayes County, at North Platte. While Ervin served overseas during WWII, Ruth stayed in her parents'' home.
     In 1945, Ervin returned from the war and they began their life together as a married couple. They farmed in Hayes County until moving to North Platte in 1954.
     Ruth was a member of the North Platte Berean Church and was a stay at home mom until her daughters were older. She then went to work for WT Grants and later Ben Franklin.
     She enjoyed crocheting, embroidering tea towels and quilting. Her daughters and granddaughters all received these special handmade gifts from her. Ruth and Ervin also enjoyed taking their granddaughters on camping and fishing trips to the lake.
     Survivors include her two daughters, Sandra (Loren) Shimmin and Marlene Gale, all of North Platte; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other family.
     She was preceded in death by her husband in 2001; her parents; and a sister, Doris Hamer, in 1999.
     Memorials are suggested to Maranatha Bible Camp.
     Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at Odean Colonial Chapel with Pastor Teters of the North Platte Berean Church officiating. Burial will follow in Fort McPherson National Cemetery. Odean Colonial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 1/30/2013
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