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 Ruby Stella <I>White</I> Huff

Ruby Stella White Huff

Death 10 Oct 1996 (aged 77)
Burial Salem, Fulton County, Arkansas, USA
Memorial ID 69280943 · View Source
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January 22, 1919---October 10, 1996

In small town's, named Red Barn and Bexar, Arkansas lived a young couple named George Henry White and Dona T. Hudgens. After a beautiful romance they became married. Times were hard back then. They moved to Bexar to start their marriage. Henry was a farmer. He worked hard to provide for his family. On January 22, 1919 God blessed them with a special little baby girl, Ruby. She also had 4 brothers and 1 sister.

Ruby's mother died when she was 11 years old leaving 5 children younger than her. They arranged from the age 9 to 2 years old. Ruby with the help of her father took over the responsibility of trying to be a mother figure for her brothers and sister. She cooked meals on an old wood stove. Meat was kept in the smoke house. She had to get it herself and cut it up. It was cold most of the time and she was afraid she would cut her "little hands." Neighbors helped her with the cooking, showing her how to cook things. They also helped her with the washing of clothes. The family made a garden each year and she learned early to can the food. At the age of 18 she canned almost 1000 jars of fruits and vegetables. Her picture was put in the newspaper and she received several marriage proposals.

Ruby's family lived in a log house, which they built. She and here sister slept in the loft. All the heat in the house was from a fireplace in the living room. Lots of the nights they would get cold.

Henry moved his family to the town of Byron, Arkansas before her mother died. There was a school at Byron where the kids could go. It was only one large room. All grades attended together. Ruby saw that the kids all attended. Her youngest brother was only 3 but they let him go because he had no one to keep him at home. As the children got older school was opened in Fulton County with high schools. They rode a school bus about 10 miles each way. Busses didn't have much of a heater in the winter. The depression was in session while Ruby was in high school. The kids at school embarrassed her because her clothes were not as good as theirs. She had only 2 dresses. One she wore while the other was washed. Her shoes were a pair of over shoes. She would wear 2 pair of socks to try to keep her feet warm. Her coat for winter was a raincoat. At noon she would walk to town and tell everyone she was going to her Aunts for lunch because she did not have anything to eat. Even with all this she still finished the 11th grade.

At the age of 20 Ruby decided it was time to leave home and get married. On March 12, 1939 she and Kenney Huff were married at Viola, Arkansas. Ruby and Kenney had 4 children: 3 girls and 1 boy. With the depression times were really hard with them just getting started in marriage. They did any job that was offered to them. They only received around 50 cents a day. One of their jobs was picking cotton. Ruby saw that each of her children finished high school.

Ruby, her brothers and sister attended Sunday school at the Presbyterian Church every Sunday. After she moved to Salem, a tent revival came to town. A woman evangelist held the meetings. Ruby was saved during the revival. The evangelist stayed and built a church there. Ruby took her family faithfully. Church was no discussion everyone went Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night. If there was a revival we tried to go every night. Ruby was very active in church, especially the ladies missionary group. They had lots of projects, quilting, pie and lunch sales. These helped with needs of the church. After her children left home Ruby continued to attend church until she was physically unable to go. She taught her husband, children and grandchildren the love of Jesus.

Due to illness Ruby's father lived with her for several years. When he got where she could not take care of him he went to the nursing home. Ruby was faithful to him until the Lord took him home August 18, 1978. She was at the nursing home everyday to see about him

At the age of 75 Ruby started getting sick. She was coming down with Alzheimer's. Even in her illness she never forgot her Lord. All of her brothers and sister had nothing but praises for her. She was the only mother some of them remember. Their father never remarried. She went to heaven October 10, 1996 .

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ruby Stella White Huff (22 Jan 1919–10 Oct 1996), Find A Grave Memorial no. 69280943, citing Salem Cemetery, Salem, Fulton County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Mississippi76 (contributor 47251149) .