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Footprints: Ruby Vernon - A kind and generous woman

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2015 | 6:00 AM
Ruby Agatha Vernon

Ruby Agatha Vernon, affectionately called 'Granny Ruby', was a cheerful, humble, and mannerly woman.

Ruby was born on June 1, 1926, to parents Rebecca Goffe Rose and Adolphas Rose, with whom she shared 11 siblings in Trelawny.

Ruby, who died at 89, spent most of her younger years with her grandmother, who cared for her every need and taught her several skills. Ruby and her grandmother would strip bark from trees to make ropes and floor mats, which became her specialty as she passed on this trade to her children.

Granny Ruby got married in 1951 to Ivan Vernon and they had 10 children together. Mas Ivan died in 1982, but the love never died as she continued to care for their children - Clarice, Janet, Vidolyn, Rosetta, Winston, Clifton, Hopeton, Headley, and Eric. Her daughter, Doreen, died in 2009.

Granny Ruby would give away the last of whatever she had and her grandchildren could always find their favourite food such as ripe bananas and asham corn at her house. Her home was called 'Big Yard' as community members would make evening visits to play games and socialise while they had dinner there.

Granny Ruby was a kindhearted and generous woman.

Granny Ruby was a lot of things such as grandmother to 38 children and great-grandmother to 41 children. She was a sister, a friend, and to many, the community bush doctor. She took pride in knowing many herbs and medicinal plants and the sicknesses for which they could be used.

Ruby became a Christian in the 1960s and was a member of the Spring Garden's Baptist Church, where she remained a dedicated member until June 4 when she died from pneumonia and a stroke. As her family and friends were saddened by this loss, she would have told them, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course" (2 Timothy 4:7).

Hard worker, loving, punctual, and peaceful - that's Granny Ruby.

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