Ruby E. Wick, a longtime employee for the Office of the Registrar at Northern Arizona University for 17 years, died Dec. 30, 2009, after an extended illness. She was 85.

Mrs. Wick was born Feb. 20, 1924, in New London, Iowa. She married James R. Wick in 1942 and in 1959, they moved to Flagstaff when her husband joined the faculty in the biology department of NAU.

Mrs. Wick enjoyed entertaining students, faculty, friends and family. She was an enthusiastic bridge player and she derived much pleasure from domestic and international travel, especially shopping in her favorite cities. She attended classes at Iowa State University and NAU and she was involved in the Alpha Omega Pi sorority.

During World War II, Mrs. Wick worked in defense industries X-raying bombs and testing detonators. For several years, she volunteered at the Flagstaff Medical Center and the Flagtaff Chamber of Commerce and for 17 years, she worked part-time for the NAU’s Registrar’s Office.

Mr. and Mrs. Wick retired in Flagstaff in 1987 and in 2005, they moved to Sun City to be closer to their daughters.

Mrs. Wick is survived by her husband of 67 years, James R. Wick, an NAU Professor Emeritus in Parasitology; daughters Cheryl Perkins of Glendale and Tina Wick of Sun City; two grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence S. Kuhlenbeck and May Wilkerson, and three brothers.

Donations in her name can be made to the Sun Valley Animal Shelter located at 7150 N. 110th Ave., Glendale, AZ 85307