Obituary of Rubina Lee Bond
Rubina Lee Bond (Ruby), a resident of St. Maries, Idaho, peacefully passed away at her home surrounded by family on April 1, 2023 after her courageous battle with endometrial cancer. She was born in San Jose, California on August 17, 1949 to Eleanor and Ruben Johnson. She moved to St. Maries in 1980 where she began a career in the banking industry. With this position, Ruby touched the lives of nearly every family in St. Maries. Her journey from California to Idaho provided the greatest blessing, in which she met her soulmate and loving husband, Loren Bond. The two were happily married for 43 years but will be connected for eternity.
Ruby may have been small, but she certainly had a spunky attitude. Standing less than five feet tall, she took control of the room with her vibrant personality and never allowed the darkness in the world to diminish her spirits. She was the most patriotic and knowledgeable woman who always knew about the state of the world. She was a walking news station and never failed to sing the National Anthem during football games. Ruby exercised her American rights and stood by her belief in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Her strength was unparalleled and her wisdom unmatched. Ruby always knew the perfect words to say and the exact moment to say them; a phone call to her was its own special form of therapy. Ruby, always dressed in yellow, could brighten any room she walked into. Her contagious laugh and beaming smile are unforgettable.
She valued the little things in life and always had something to look forward to. Her annual Sturgis motorcycle trips spent with her husband brought her remarkable joy. She was a sudoku expert, Law & Order superfan, and Brooks and Dunn fanatic. Her sports enthusiasm went beyond the television screen as she absolutely loved watching her grandchildren in their various athletic positions. The casino was a common destination for Ruby as was a trip to Harvest Foods to cash in her scratch tickets. Many of her greatest companions were her dogs whom she spoiled to no end.
She was the pillar of her family whom she loved unconditionally. Her children (Renee, Richard, Kirk, and Crystal) had the privilege of calling her “Mom”, but many others had the pleasure of experiencing her affectionate nature. Jayden, Grant, Shelby, Trace, Riley, and Anthony knew her best as “Nana” and could not have asked for anyone better to provide them with the endless love and support that she did so effortlessly. Her greatest accomplishment was always her family, and she assured them of that daily.
Ruby will be greatly missed by her husband, Loren Bond, of St. Maries; daughters, Renee (Chad) Renner of St. Maries and Crystal (Ed) Wilson of Illinois; sons, Richard Johnson of Coeur d’ Alene and Kirk (Jeanette) Bond of Maryland; siblings, Mitchell, Ruben, and Lerina Johnson of Arizona; father, Ruben Johnson of Arizona, as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. She was welcomed with open arms by her mother (Eleanor Zazueta), sister (Anna Hendrickson), brother (Kenny Johnson), cousin (Sandy Haines), and dear friends (Sue, Margaret, and Jerry Lee). At Ruby’s request, there will be no services. A private family gathering will take place during the summer months.