Ruby Robinson

Ruby Ellen Robinson

Wednesday, February 13th, 1924 - Monday, December 2nd, 2019
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Ruby Ellen Green Robinson passed away December 2, 2019 in Springdale Arkansas. Ruby was born February 13, 1924 in Jacksboro, Texas to Claude and Eva (Funderburk) Green. She was married to W.W. “Pee Wee” Robinson on April 21, 1942. She was proceeded in death by her parents, her husband, her three brothers, Vernon, Raymond and Doyle Green; two daughters- in- law, Sharlene Shepherd Robinson and Jeanne Austin Robinson; one son in law, Snuffy (Joe) Smith. She is survived by her six children, Wesley Robinson (Barbara), Troy Robinson, Doyle Robinson (Karen), Jacquelyn Smith, Enola Bunton (Glyndon), Cheryl Herrington (Scott), eleven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Ruby will be remembered graveside and at a family gathering by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
After her early years as a homemaker, her husband was injured during the construction of Beaver Dam. She took night classes, learned to type and went to work for United Built homes as a secretary. She went on to manage her husband’s home building business. At the age of 45 she became a single mother and sole provider for her family. She became a private duty caregiver, working nights at City Hospital in Fayetteville for over 20 years until she retired.
Ruby was a seamstress who made most of her own clothing as well as those of her children. She made sure, regardless of the hardship, that each of her daughters had sewing lessons with Mrs. Sharp in Springdale and that her sons were able to sew on a button and do laundry. She said “There is no reason to go around with dirty or raggedy clothes”. She preached that your clothes should always match. She was a painter and an avid crafter. She often supplemented her income by selling her creations.
Raised during the depression, Ruby knew financial and food insecurity. She was able to feed her large family on any budget. She answered complaints about the menu with “If you’re hungry enough anything’ll taste good.” She made great fried chicken and tomato gravy. She grew her own vegetables and canned every summer. She was known to stop the car to pick fresh poke greens when she had the chance. She liked to keep a pot of beans and a skillet of cornbread on the stove.
Ruby loved to cook for a large crowd and volunteered to cook for the Chi Alpha college ministry. She was a former Girl Scout leader, vacation bible school teacher, library and school volunteer, member of Toastmasters and treasurer for her chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a loving daughter and sister. She cared for both of her parents in their final illnesses.
Ruby was a woman of unwavering faith. She loved her savior Jesus Christ with all her heart, soul, body and mind. She was always active in her local church, most recently Christian Life Cathedral in Fayetteville. She would fill her red ’72 VW bug with kids and take them to Sunday School at Calvary Assembly of God on North Garland in Fayetteville. She was a faithful tither and always said to “give out of your need”. She was generous with family and neighbors, sharing whatever she had, usually anonymously. At times, she would be discouraged, receiving utility shut off notices, and that is when she would find a way to give. When her memory had long faded, Ruby began to sing an obscure song called “A Beautiful Life”. Her children had never heard her sing. The song was a testament to Ruby’s own life. The first verse says “Each day I’ll do a golden deed, by helping those who are in need.”
If you would like to honor Ruby’s life, the family asks that you follow her example and do a golden deed. Find someone who has a need and lend a hand, even if you have a shut off notice.
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    Elm Springs Cemetery
    291 School St.
    Elm Springs, Arkansas 72762
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