Family Mourns of Albert Lea Woman Killed While Getting Mail

Posted at: 10/27/2013 10:44 PM


(ABC 6 News) -- We told you about Maureen Ruble last week. An 80-year-old woman who died after being hit by a minivan while getting her mail on Friday.

Maureen has lived on the west end of Albert Lea for decades. We sat down with a couple of Maureen’s family members today who say she's missed by many people in the community.

For Kim Gooden and Doug Ruble, flipping through old pictures brings up memories of their mom, Maureen.

"My mom was a humble person. She gave and gave and gave but I don't think she realized how much - how deeply - people felt for her,” said Maureen’s daughter, Kim Gooden.

"Her love language was acts of service,” said Maureen’s Son, Doug Ruble.

Whether that be cooking holiday meals for her kids, grandkids and great grandkids.

"She loved the family,” said Gooden.

"She cared deeply and loved deeply, she was always there for us,” said Ruble.

Or doing what she could to help out her local community.

"She’s an organized, kind of a driving force behind the things she felt passionate about,” said Gooden.

Maureen was involved in her church as well as the Southern Minnesota Parkinson’s Support Group in town. She helped organize the walk for Parkinson’s in Albert Lea, hoping for a cure to the disease that took her husband a year ago.

Doug lives right next door to his parent's house and maintains the family farm across the road. The county road that Maureen had crossed for more than 50 years.

"We're crossing numerous times every day to tend the livestock, much less getting the mail,” said Ruble.

Until Friday, when Maureen’s walk to the mailbox ended with a freak accident.

"There's things that you wish you would have said or asked or whatever you know and you always think that you have more time,” said Gooden.

One things for sure, Kim and Doug say their mom was a lifelong supporter of family and community, setting a legacy for them to live up to.

"She would push us, push all of us to our best and hopefully I don't slack off now that she's not here to keep pushing me,” said Ruble.

Family members tell us Maureen’s funeral is set for Friday morning at 11 at the First Presbyterian Church in Albert Lea.