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Ruby Faye ( Roark ) Ward spent her life embodying the definition of love. The world is a better place because she was here. Born August 22, 1932, in Greenup County, Kentucky, she grew up humbly and resourcefully. Having 10 brothers and sisters, she valued togetherness and family. Nothing meant more to her than being with those she loved. Ruby was a homemaker who devoted her life to her children and grandchildren. Her meals brought people together and she prided herself on her cooking— no one could make gravy and biscuits or cherry cheese pie like Ruby’s. Ruby took social cues from no one. She was transparent and you always knew what she was thinking. There was something refreshing about her outlook on life and interactions with the world around her. No one was quite like Ruby. She found joy in making things grow and could evoke new life in even the most downtrodden plant . From her beautiful flower beds to her juicy corn, Ruby had a knack for gardening. Above all, Ruby adored her family and dedicated her life to loving them well: her husband ( deceased ) Fred Ward; her children Pam ( Steve ) Sykes and Dave ( Nancy) Ward ; her grandchildren Ryan (Christina) Sykes, Rachel ( Eric ) Houser, Russell ( Brit) Sykes, Mary ( Jared ) Rich and Aaron Ward and several great-grandchildren were her joy. Ruby was a faithful servant of Jesus and was dedicated to her church, Royalton Community Church. Lively gospel hymns and meaningful preaching supplemented her faith. Even in her final days, she praised the name of Jesus. Ruby is a testament of a life well lived. We thank God for her and the imprint she left on the lives of those she encountered. Ruby’s life reminds us that while our names may not be inscribed in history books, they are etched on the hearts of those we love. Ruby’s life changed the world of many and we rejoice knowing she has now entered into eternity with Jesus. A celebration of her life will take place on Friday, August 3,2018 at the Taylor Funeral Home in Amanda with Pastor Larry Horn officiating. Burial will follow in Amanda Twp. Cemetery. Friends may call from 12:00 p.m. until time of service on Friday. Memorial contributions may be made to Royalton Community Church in Ruby's memory.
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