|Birth: ||Feb. 13, 1898|
|Death: ||Jun. 3, 2007|
Ruby Gregory, who lived through 19 U.S. presidents during her 109 years, died Sunday (June 3, 2007) at the Neighborhood Senior Residential Home near Lebanon, Mo.
Mrs. Gregory, a former Affton resident, was believed to be the oldest resident of Laclede County.
She was one of 10 children born to Joseph Jefferson and Saphronia Ann Sledge Gregory. She grew up on a farm outside Mount Vernon, Ill. In 1916, she married Oscar A. Gregory, a schoolteacher. The couple moved across the Mississippi River and made their new home in St. Louis.
Mrs. Gregory worked as a saleswoman at the downtown Famous-Barr department store while raising her family. Her husband became the Affton postmaster. Advertisement
In 1942, the couple moved to St. Petersburg, Fla. After her husband died in 1962, Mrs. Gregory continued to live in Florida during the winter months. But during the warmer months, she stayed in Lebanon, in a small cottage behind her son, Gene Gregory's, home.
When she was 98, she made her home year-round in Lebanon. When her health started to fail at 104, she moved to the Neighborhood Senior Residential Home.
She attended the First Baptist Church in Lebanon and was a former member of the Third Baptist Church in St. Louis.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hughey Funeral Home, 1314 Main Street in Mount Vernon, Ill. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Bethel Cemetery.
In addition to her son Gene, among the survivors are another son, Oscar Gregory of Cottonwood, Ariz.; a daughter, Irene Paxson of St. Joseph, Mich.; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Bethel Memorial Cemetery
Created by: Kyle
Record added: Jun 09, 2007
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