East Lawn Palms Mortuary & Cemetery

5801 East Grant Road, Tucson, AZ


Monica Ruth Rankin

March 26, 1924November 5, 2019

Monica Ruth Rankin (Koester) was born on March 26, 1924 in Northfield, Minnesota and passed away on November 5, 2019 in Tucson, Arizona. Monica grew up in Minnesota, where she helped around the farm and assisted her father, who was also an electrical contractor. She earned her journeyman electricians license at 18 and graduated from Northfield High School in 1942. With World War II raging, she went to work at the Kaiser Shipyards in Portland , Oregon. Although taking a lot of "flak" as an 18 year old woman with a journeyman's license, she became strong and very successful. In 1944 she had a blind date with a young handsome sailor, Harold Rankin from Phoenix, Az. They were married in 1945 and eventually moved to Tucson, AZ where they raised 3 children. They were married until his death on June 2, 2008. Monica, also known as "Mom" to many was an avid volunteer, baker, and seamstress. Her cookies, breads, cakes, and pies are legendary around Tucson. Her craft work and baby blankets are just as renowned. She has been loved by, and touched the lives of, so many people during her 95 years. She is survived by her three children, Penny, Dennis and Randy; 11 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren and 7 soon to be 9 great great grandchildren. The family wishes to thank her friends and acquaintances for making her feel loved, respected and important through her long life. It was an incredible and very happy journey. She will be missed dearly. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Monica's name online to: https://lastalarmfoundation.com/donations/ or sent to: Last Alarm Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 18408 Tucson, AZ 85731 (520) 305-1263 Fax: (520) 886-9137


9 December

Memorial Service

1:00 pm

East Lawn Palms Mortuary

5801 East Grant Road
Tucson, AZ 85712


Monica Ruth Rankin

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Anne (Schroff) King

November 19, 2019

Monica and I met in 1965 while working at Steinfeld's Department Store. We often worked until 9:00 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays and, not having a car, I would head to the bus stop. After realizing we lived in the same neighborhood, she and Harold often gave me a ride home and would never accept any money. Their generosity not only saved me bus fare but also a walk in the dark. Many years later, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Monica and my mom went to the same hairdresser. I saw Monica and visited with her a few times when taking my mom to the salon for her weekly appointments. Monica will be greatly missed by all those who benefited from her kindness, generosity, and her unrivaled baking and sewing skills. My sincere condolences to Monica's family.

Stephanie Devonshire

November 14, 2019

We loved our Precious Monica. She always had a warm hug and a kiss. Her baked goods were legendary. We went out to breakfast and she enjoyed a small fruit bowl. Ted Copper was there. She made a steering wheel cover which we love! It's pink! Her kindness to us all is so apreciated. Soar with the wind and your beautyFilled celestail family, Sweet Monica.

Sylvia McConico

November 14, 2019

Monica and Harold were one of the couples at The Temple of Universality that welcomed me into their home. I remember my first Thanksgiving in Tucson with them and Dennis.
Monica gave and gave and gave to so many people/organizations unselfishly, not knowing how to say "No". Her kindness and smile will be remembered forever. So happy we got to visit on her 94th birthday last year.

Joe Gulotta

November 13, 2019

Miss Rankin will be missed. Her and her son attended the Tucson Fire Department Memorial event each year and brought her delicious pineapple cake. The Memorial honors those who have served our community and are no longer with us. Her husband Harold worked for TFD from 1955 to 1984 and retired as a captain. She will be missed.

Joe Gulotta
Assistant Chief
Tucson Fire Department

Rose Font

November 13, 2019

What an amazing woman. She was the epitome of kindness and hard work. She showed and shared her love to my partner and I unconditionally, as well as Harold. I feel so blessed to have known them! I am so glad they are together now.

Many Blessings,