This could be my favorite obituary of all time. Godspeed, Ruby Jean!!
Ruby Jean Ottaviano
Formerly Miss Ruby Jean Mashburn, died May 4, 2012. Ruby Jean Mashburn was born August 11, 19(none of your business), and grew up to be a beautiful, lovely lady. Ruby Jean was raised in Independence, MO. Jean blossomed into a gorgeous beauty when, after graduating from East High School, she met a handsome Sicilian man named Salvatore G. Ottaviano, the youngest son of Georgio and Rosa Ottaviano. After a proper courtship period Ruby Jean Mashburn became Mrs. Salvatore G. Ottaviano, marrying her heart's love on January 27, 1950. Just a few months later, however, her Marine husband was called to Korea. The war bride stayed in Kansas City, MO. Upon her husband's return home to the U.S. shores she went to San Diego, CA, to greet him from his time of service to our country. She also fell in love with California. Mr. and Mrs. Ottaviano moved to North Hollywood, CA, in the early 50s and Mrs. Ottaviano, known as Jean, worked for the government in a very high-level security job at Lookout Mountain under President Kennedy and later President Johnson (The Roswell UFO crash was true - Jean saw the government's pictures). She then went to work for the U.S. Customs Service and retired from the U.S. Department of Labor. Jean and Sam loved to travel back and forth to Kansas City to visit family and dear friends, mostly by Route 66. They made this trip over 22 times, always stopping in Lost Wages, NV. Sam and Jean loved Sin City as they always stayed in the best hotels and had seats for all the major performers - not to mention 21, keno, and craps! Jean leaves behind a loving, devoted husband of 62 years who is heart-broken. She also leaves behind a lovely sister, several wonderful nieces and nephews, several wonderful great-nieces and great-nephews, three great-great nephews, and her cat "Baby" who already misses her time with Dr. Phil. Jean Ottaviano was loved by all of her family and will be greatly missed. We will always remember her beauty, grace, and kindness. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m., Wednesday, May 9, at St. Mark's Catholic Church, 3736 Lee's Summit Rd., Independence, MO 64055, where the Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.passantinobros.com. Passantino Bros. Funeral Home & Cremations. Family Owned. 2117 Independence Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64124. (816) 471-2844