Ruby Mae Sears, 95, joined her husband in heaven Saturday, April 27, 2019.
Ruby was the proud wife for 71 years of William Francis Sears. During their 30+ years in the Marine Corps she was by his side; each relocation a new learning experience and volunteer hours. As she majored in retail, Ruby did her internship with Jordan Marsh, Boston. When Bill went overseas, she would work at the local Federated department store. She was a salesperson in ready to wear; sales in the toy department; floor manager for the housewares and formal wear departments; buyer for the china/silver department; executive assistant to the store manager and bridal consultant, during her career.
Ruby enjoyed volunteering - over 1,000 hours with Navy Relief at each new base; teaching Catholic education, music teacher for children’s choir; Cub Scout Den mother; Girl Scout Cookie Chairman; St. Vincent DePaul Mission Store, only a few. She was a devout member of the Catholic Church, including Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Campbellsville, Ky., and St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Enterprise. She was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the VFW Auxiliary, and the DAV Auxiliary. Her fun time was spent sewing for her family (including the males), often coordinating and/or matching clothes for Christmas and Easter. She enjoyed playing the piano while Bill sang. She liked to read mystery novels. Ruby loved all children and hosting various parties. Most of all Bill and Ruby enjoyed traveling the United States together. “Let’s go, Rube.” Ruby was known for her smile, twinkling eyes, and outgoing personality. She was known as the “hostess with the mostess”.
Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Sgt. Maj. William F. Sears; her only son, William Sears, and a daughter, Anne-Marie Sears Parent.
Those who will remember her love are daughters: Johanna (John) Sears-Sciascia of Enterprise, Patricia Sears of Campbellsville, Ky., and Mary Catherine O’Kennedy of Lawrenceburg, Ky.; daughter-in-law, Claris (Billy) Sears and son-in-law, Gregg (Anne-Marie) Parent; grandchildren: Christopher, Ronnie, Angie, Mandy, Patrick, Nathaniel, Benjamin, Catherine and Kimberly; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and her BFF Barbara Heartz, from the days they were born – to the day of her death.
Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, May 16, 2019, at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 425 N Central Ave, Campbellsville, Ky. A luncheon will follow in the Church Hall. A viewing is scheduled May 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ritchie and Peach Funeral Home, 701 North Main St., Lawrenceburg, Ky. A Memorial Mass will take place in Our Lady of Loreto Chapel, NAS Pensacola. Interment will be at Barrancas National Cemetery, NAS Pensacola, Florida, at a date to be determined.
Our family wishes to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during Mother’s 16 years with Alzheimer’s. We especially thank the people with Kindred Hospice who spent many hours by Ruby’s side. Extra special gratitude to Jessie for the years of dedication to and care for Ruby and family.
Flowers accepted or a donation on her behalf to Ronald McDonald House, 1600 SW 14th St., Gainesville, FL 32608.
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Sorrells Funeral Home and Crematory, 4550 Boll Weevil Circle, Enterprise, Alabama 36330, (334) 347-9598