Ruby Joan Overbeck Mannis

Ruby Joan Overbeck Mannis was born on November 2, 1952, to Fern and Harold Overbeck in Beatrice, Nebraska. The Overbeck family moved to Bloom, Kansas in 1953 when Harold was transferred with Natural Gas Pipeline. They lived in a station house at the gas plant until 1963, when the family moved the station house into Minneola, Kansas.

Ruby grew up in Minneola, Kansas and the family attended Hope Memorial Lutheran Church. She had fond memories of growing up at the station, as well as Minneola, and spoke of many wonderful memories of attending her “Little Country Church.”

Ruby met Terry Mannis in 1969 and they were married in 1971 in Christ the King Lutheran Church.

Ruby and Terry were blessed with a son, Adam in 1975, and a daughter, Dawn in 1979. The Mannis Family moved to Dumas, Texas in 1980 with Natural Gas Pipeline, where they made many great friends who became more like family over the years, along with many wonderful memories as well. Ruby and Terry divorced in 2013, but still remained friends, and continued to make family gatherings a priority for their kids and granddaughters. Family gatherings were always special to her, and still remain some of the best memories for the entire family.

Ruby loved her kids and granddaughters fiercely, and they were her entire world. She always made time to go to softball games, school performances, and swim meets. She loved going to school lunches with each granddaughter, and she loved her facetime visits with Abby. Ruby always jumped at the chance to spend time with each granddaughter, and she enjoyed every minute with them.

Ruby also enjoyed her home and enjoyed decorating and cleaning, and those who have been to her home, say it was more like a “show home” that she proudly kept meticulously clean. She did not enjoy cooking however, and jokes are still being told about her “quick dishes” to avoid spending time in the kitchen.

Ruby was a huge fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, and enjoyed game days with her favorite Chiefs fan, her son Adam. Game days, they both were dressed in red & gold, and enjoyed time cheering on their favorite team.

Ruby sadly passed away on March 30, 2024, in Amarillo, Texas, surrounded by her kids and granddaughters, just as she had always wanted. Memories were shared along with tears, and love was abundant in her final moments.

Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Fern Overbeck.

Ruby is survived by her son Adam Mannis and his wife Staci, Dawn Owens and her husband Joel, granddaughters Abby & Cali, her brother Robert Overbeck and his wife Jan, as well as many dear friends who were more like family.

Memorial services will be Friday, April 5, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Dumas, 1315 Zauk Ave., Dumas, Texas. Interment will be at a later date, at Christ the King Lutheran Cemetery in Dodge City, Kansas alongside Ruby’s parents, Harold and Fern Overbeck.

13 Comments

  1. Rodney Reed

    My sincere condolences to the family of Ruby. I knew Ruby as we were part of the NGPL Family. And I worked with her Dad

  2. Tim an Sue an Brett Copeland

    Our heart felt condolences to Adam an Dawn an their families. We lived next door to Ruby an her folks. Wonderful family an great memories. U are missed Ruby.

  3. Tom Karr

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family in this time of loss. May you find peace and comfort in the knowledge that we will have a fantastic reunion in heaven one day. She is saving a seat!

  4. Jeanette McBee

    You have been a great friend and I am going to miss you dry much. I am sorry to the family …my condolences to you all.

  5. Chris Lang

    So very sorry to hear about Ruby. We were high school classmates. Love & prayers for your family.

  6. Joanna and Kerry Phillips

    Sending love and prayers to Rubys family. She was such a good friend and special person. Cherish all your memories and know she has been welcomed with open arms.

  7. Connie and Bo Moody

    Our heartfelt sympathy to all of Ruby’s family. We were classmates and good friends growing up in Minneola. We had many fun times together; especially helping our parents play practical jokes on each other.
    May you rest in peace dear friend.

  8. Jo Lynn Bontke

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers go out to Adam and Dawn and their families.

  9. Jimmy and Paula Snyder

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Blessings and prayers to all of you.

  10. Don Willingham

    I have grown to love Ruby dearly over the past 5 years. We loved visiting with her and going out to eat. She had an infectious sense of humor and we always enjoyed teasing each other.
    I will miss her greatly and things will never be the same without this precious woman. We love you Ruby!

  11. Steve and Patsy Blue

    We are so sorry for the loss of Ruby. Our prayers are with you. Sweet memories of a beautiful life.

  12. Donna Eichin

    Are prayers and thoughts are with my niece Abby Mannis . Ruby will be missed by her grandchildren and children. But Heaven has received another special person 💕

  13. Tyler

    She will truly be missed

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