The sun rose for Ruby Mae Johnson on December 18, 1924. She was born in Red Jacket, West Virginia to Jack Moorer and Mary (Hall) Moorer, the second oldest of seven children. Ruby spent her childhood years in Selma, Alabama. As a young adult, she moved to Dayton, Ohio where she met the love of her life, Monroe Johnson. They were married on August 2, 1947 and to this union, seven children were born. They provided their home for many family members that migrated from the south to Dayton. Ruby worked for the Veterans Administration as a dietitian’s assistant for many years until she decided to become a stay-at-home mom.
Ruby was a strong Christian woman who trusted the Lord with all of her heart. She was a faithful member of the Germantown Street Church of Christ (formerly Gard Ave. Church of Christ) and for many years taught bible school, coordinated sending flowers to the ill and bereaved, and coordinated many potlucks. Ruby attended numerous Crusade for Christ events as well as many ladies’ day retreats well into her 80’s. She loved to travel and visited many places around the world. If you saw her on Sunday, she would be dressed with a beautiful outfit and one of her lovely beautiful hats.
Ruby was never a stranger to anyone, and many people fell in love with her kind and gentle spirit. She had a gift for making people feel special. She visited the sick and oftentimes brought food. One of Ruby’s many passions was her love for cooking. She was known for her turkey and dressing, homemade rolls, and desserts. Growing up, she made sure that all of her children sat around the table to share meals. Ruby’s love for her family went unmeasured. Her other hobbies included sewing, upholstery, and gardening. At the age of 85, everyone was amazed that she attended water aerobics classes three times a week. And, still at 96 she included some form of exercise into her daily life
She is preceded in death by her husband, Monroe Johnson; sons, Barry and Garry Johnson; siblings, Annie Lee, Dorothy, Estella, Essie, Clyde.
She leaves to cherish her loving memory: daughters, Theresa (Paul) Hubbard of Atlanta, GA, Kathleen (Simon) Lee of Columbus, OH; sons, Reginald (Linda) Johnson, Dayton, OH, Stephen and Dwayne Johnson of Dayton, OH; sister, Marie Burke of Westland, MI, 13 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Celebration of life will be held 11 am Thursday, October 14, at the House of Wheat Funeral Home, Inc., 2107 N. Gettysburg Ave. Visitation 10:30 am at which time family will receive friends. (Mask Required). Live stream link: www.facebook.com/Stream-All-Services-102620271622310/ Interment Dayton National Cemetery.
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