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Ruby Lee Mitchell was born in Ahoskie, North Carolina on October 23, 1924 to Robert and Pauline (nee Lassiter) Mathews of Union, North Carolina. She grew up as the youngest of her family, with five brothers and three sisters.
She graduated High School in Herford County, NC and married Warren E. Mitchell on her birthday in 1946. After marriage, the couple moved to the Upper West Side of New York City where they had three children, Frank, Ron, and Barbara.
Ruby was a homemaker and a very good cook. She also helped provide for her family by working part time. With her working and together saving diligently, the family moved into their own home on Dyre Avenue in the Bronx in 1965.
After their retirement in 1988, Ruby and Warren moved to Vero Beach, Florida where they bought a house. Ruby continued living in Vero Beach after the passing of her husband Warren in 1995.
Since the summer of 2009, she was in the nursing care unit of Westminster Towers in Orlando, Florida. Amazingly, she continued under hospice care for sixteen months until her peaceful passing in the early morning of September 10, 2018.
Ruby was a person of deep Christian faith who was active in church throughout her life. From the late 1950's until they moved to Vero Beach, she and Warren were very active members and leaders at West End Presbyterian Church on the upper Westside of Manhattan.
While in Vero Beach, they were active members of the First Presbyterian Church. Ruby always involved herself in Bible study and was known for offering up thoughtful questions and insights in group discussions.
She sought to put her faith in action through volunteer service and donating to charities. Ruby and Warren had a special concern for helping the poor among Native Americans, especially as their ancestral roots traced to the Meherrin Indians of Northeastern North Carolina.
Family was always near and dear to the heart of Ruby throughout her life. Even in her later years, she would be comforted by memories of her childhood home as a place filled with love, faith, good morals and humor.
She especially treasured the wisdom of her mother, who read the Bible and told her stories when she was a child. Ruby carried forward that sense of family dedication and closeness in her marriage and with her children, as well as with her grandchildren, sisters, brothers, and extended family members. Ruby also enjoyed many close friendships; she was very much "a people person."
Ruby will be very fondly remembered by her children: Frank (Susan) of Orlando, FL, Ron (Velma) of New Rochelle, NY, Barbara of Vero Beach, FL; her sister Gertrude Torres of Bronx, NY; her five grandchildren Timothy and Greg (Sandra) of Orlando, Fl,
Matt (Sade) of Mt. Vernon, NY, Kofi (Jessica) of New York City, Cecily (Aaron Harper) of New Rochelle, NY; great-granddaughter Alma; niece Felecia (Ramon), nephew Rick (Radica); and many other extended family members.
Funeral service is planned to be held at Carey Hand Colonial Chapel in Orlando, Florida on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 5:30 PM, with a private family visitation preceding the service starting at 4:30 PM. The entombment is planned for 1:30 PM the next day at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, 6026 N. US Hwy 1, Ft. Pierce, FL 34946. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial gifts be given to "Westminster Towers" with memo "Ruby Mitchell", sent in care of Carey Hand Colonial Chapel, 2811 Curry Ford Rd, Orlando, FL 32806. https://www.gofundme.com/ruby-mitchell-memorial
The family wishes to thank all who called, visited, and prayed for Ruby during these past few years, and for those who gave support and loving acts of kindness. May God bless and keep you, and grant you peace.
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