written on Christmas Eve, 2003
|Morning everyone... welcome to Christmas Eve...
This has been a bad year for me...and yet... I have been so blessed.
As most of you know, my mom (Ruby Ruffner) passed away on Sunday, December 21, 2003. We were all by her bedside holding her hand and telling her how much we loved her. My dad gave her kisses and ran his fingers through her hair, my sister and I had her right hand, my brother and his wife were next to me holding her foot, and my aunt (moms sister) had her left hand. Shawn and my cousin David were also there.... She passed at 10:25 pm....
Her eyes which were so yellow turn this wonderful clear color... as though she were young again. She looked around the room at all of us...then stared straight ahead...my dad said "do you see Ricky?" (my brother that passed away at the age of 9) "go to him... we love you" .... then she was gone....
There is so much to say about her... and yet not enough time...
I want to thank everyone for all of your thoughts and prayers... it means so much to know that you all care....
My mom will be cremated. I took care of that today...
Her services will be on Sunday, December 28, 2003 at 3:00 pm.
First Baptist Church
If you would like to send a card to my dad (Art Ruffner) you can send it to:
or you can simply mail it to me:
|My mom loved Christmas...and yet her mom died around 7 years ago on
Tonight and tomorrow I have to work on her obituary for the papers. Today I also handled getting a headstone for my brother. He died in 1969 and at the time my parents didn't have money for it. Through the years, raising 4 kids came first and then medical problems and other problems made it difficult to put one on. My mom wanted the headstone on and was getting ready to look into it. So, my dad and I went and did it. It should be placed in about 7 weeks.
All of the arrangements and decisions that we have had to make, mom didn't leave instructions on everything so we have to figure it out as we go... oh how scary!
My mom loved this time of year... and I hope that even though she has passed and you may be saddened for our loss... that you look at your family and your friends and tell them how much you love them...in case tomorrow never comes...
|Ruby L. Ruffner, 61
Passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, December 21, 2003 at University Medical Center in Tucson.
Ruby was born on February 9, 1942 to William and Florence Peddle in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland.
She married Arthur Ruffner Jr. in 1958 and moved to Arizona in 1973. She was a homemaker and enjoyed being a mom. Ruby received a gift of life by an Angel in 2001 with a heart transplant. She enjoyed life and was loved by all that knew her.
She is survived by her loving husband, Arthur, of 45 years and their 4 children, Lee Ruffner (Polly) of Benson, Diane Holbert of California, Linda Dupee (John) of Tucson and Joanne Ruffner of Huachuca City. There are 6 grandchildren, William, Ricky, Samantha, Steven, Alyssa and Robert Jr.
She is also survived by her two sisters, Violet Dodd of Canada, Daisy Reese of Florida and two brothers, Ronald Peddle and Harold Peddle of Newfoundland.
She was preceded in death by her two sons, Ricky and Franky.
A memorial service was held in the presence of a small gathering of family and friends at Craycroft Baptist Church on Sunday, December 28, 2003.
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