|Birth: ||Oct. 23, 1908|
|Death: ||Dec. 31, 1994|
This is my Nano (Latin for step-grandmother). All of us pronounced her name differently. I said it with a long I sound for the a and a long O sound at the end. She was and still is my hero.
She died at 7:45PM I was right there beside her when she took her last breath. Nikki Ballard and I were her hospice certified nursing assistances. I went to take care of her at night and early in the mornings. When I walked into the house that particular night, there was a strangeness to the air. My Granddaddy was in the living room with his head in his hands. They had been married around 44 years at this time. I went in to check on Nano, she was really pale. I could tell she was about to die. I know some of you might think this is crazy, but it's true, the room was filled with all kinds of angels. I went over to her, put my hand under her neck and kissed her cheek. I then phoned my mom and my Uncle David (my mom's brother) about Nano. Then I went back into the room and sat with her. She opened her eyes, smiled sweetly and said my name. It was the first time for her to say any words for the last few years. Then she closed her eyes and passed away. She kept that peaceful smile on her face.
Ruby Maddox, 86, of Conway died Saturday (Dec. 31, 1994) at her home.
Born Oct. 23, 1908, in Greenbrier (AR), a daughter of the late Nancy Olive Henson and Daniel N. Ward, she was a member of the College Avenue Church of the Nazarene.
Survivors are her husband, Daniel D. Maddox, Sr.; a son, D.David Maddox, Jr. of Quitman; a daughter, Lela Talley of Conway; six grandchildren (Scott (his wife, Michelle), Karen (her husband, Doug Foster), and Susan Maddox; Elizabeth "Libby", Deborah "Debbie", and Stanely B. "Stan" Talley); and three great-grandchildren (Karetta and Katrina Foster; Megan Farnum).
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home with the Rev. Edward Lybarger and the Rev. Dwight Glascoe officiating. Burial will be in Crestlawn Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.
-Log Cabin Democrat
Ruby Ward married Daniel David Maddox, Sr.. after he got back from WWII. She used to tell me the story of how they met. It was while she was walking down the street close to where she lived with her father (Papa). She said she fell head over heels in love with him instantly. They married in a simple wedding with only family and a few friends as witnesses. She immediately adopted Lela (the eldest of the two children) and David as her own. At the same time she always respected the memories the kids had of their biological mother, Mary Ellen Beaver Maddox.
I have many memories of Nano. She was a pillar in my life. I am who I am today because of her. She wanted to be an English teacher but Grandaddy always wanted her to stay at home so that is what she did. She was an avid reader, sewed (she made the majority of my mom's and Uncle David's clothing when they were children), knitted and crocheted (I still have some of her doilies), and crafted all kinds of things for people. She loved animals. Granddad wouldn't allow her to have any pets until their latter years but she secretly fed all the animals who ran loose around their neighborhood. (When Nano started getting bad Granddad allowed her to keep a neighborhood cat. She named him Blacky Joe. That cat out lived both of them.) Nano was a devout Christian. She loved visiting people at home, in nursing homes, and at the hospitals. She would prayer with each person and lend her ear if they just needed a good listener. She is one of the most kindhearted people I have ever known in my life so far. Three times daily, early in the morning before cooking Granddad his breakfast, in the afternoon before cooking Granddad his lunch, and in the evenings right before bedtime, Nano would get on her knees in prayer. Granddad and her would do daily Bible studies as well. She cooked every meal from scratch. I can still taste her Corn Flake chicken and her homemade banana pudding.
Nano always wore this antique rose perfume. Anytime I get a wift of roses, my memories of her come flooding back. When she went out whether it was shopping, visiting people, to church, or somewhere else her clothing always matched. In the winter she always wore matching gloves, scarf, shoes, and purse with her very conservative outfit. In the summer she'd carry a purse that matched her shoes.
I think of her daily. I miss her so much. There have been times when I'll be walking down the street alone and people will later ask me who that elderly woman was walking with me. I always smile figuring it is Nano still being my pillar.
Daniel Napoleon Ward (1879 - 1967)
Nancy Henson Ward (1882 - 1952)
Daniel David Maddox (1915 - 1999)*
Ruby Alma Ward Maddox (1908 - 1994)
Annie Pearl Ward Reedy (1917 - 1994)*
Henry Earl Ward (1917 - 1991)*
Crestlawn Memorial Park
Created by: Libby Talley
Record added: Jan 24, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13112963