“My name is Ruby and my favorite color is red. I volunteer at the Mobile Information Center, the Museum of Mobile and the Civic Center for the Nutcracker and several other programs. It is better than going to all of this by myself. I like greeting people at the information center because people come to Mobile from around the world. I meet people from France, Germany and the rest of Europe. I also volunteer with RSVP, The Red Cross, and the Volunteers of America and try to get others to volunteer. People are people wherever you go. Some like you and some don’t. I belong to God and you do too. If you cross my path you won’t forget me.
I grew up in Down the Bay on Bayou Street between Texas and Delaware. I worked in the school system and set up the first library at Emerson Elementary School and did sub work. I worked in the business office at Providence Hospital and sat with a few elderly people. My daddy was the most comical one because he didn’t want me there. I sat with him for seven years. He always told me I tried to live in the world by myself and he said I couldn’t do that.
Growing up in my parent’s house, we could never say I am bored because my dad would say get the broom, take your shoes off, and sweep the floor. He made us take our shoes off because you can feel if you miss anything. I believe the same thing the old folks believe, an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. You are going to do something to fill the time, it had better be positive. My parents stayed busy helping others.
The hardest thing I have been through was having to get a divorce. I was married for 15 years. You grow apart and know you aren’t going to come back to faithful love and togetherness. I don’t think the children understood at the time. It affects family and friends and many tried to give advice. I came out better on the other side.
I love Christmas and Easter and summer and spring. I am trying to love the winter. I will be 79 years old on January 5. When I was young I wanted to be a teenager. Then I wanted to be sweet 16. Then 25 which I called I woman. I passed all of those and I am still here. I thank God for every day, the good, the bad, and the ugly.”