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Ruby Marie James
June 20, 1924 ~ November 22, 2023 (age 99) 99 Years Old
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Ruby Marie James, a beloved matriarch, peacefully passed away on Nov. 22, 2023, in Sacramento, CA. Born on June 20, 1924, in Creston, IA, Ruby's journey was one marked by enduring love and a commitment to family that spanned generations.
Ruby's love story with Ronald James began on March 31, 1945, in Temple, TX. Their marriage endured for an inspiring 73 years until Ronald's passing. Their story began with a short engagement, a daring sneak-off from an army base, and blossomed into a legacy of family that will forever define the James name.
Ruby is survived by her son Danny James (Joyce), daughter Cathie James-Robinson (Kathy), six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. Her presence as a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother left an indelible mark on each generation, creating a tapestry of love, resilience, and shared memories.
One of six siblings, Ruby and her brothers and sisters grew up in the heart of Iowa, carrying with them the values of hard work, kindness, and a deep appreciation for family bonds. In the 1960s, she and Ronald made the bold move to California, where they embraced new opportunities and created a home for their family.
A spirited competitor in games, Ruby's played lots of card and dice games with her family. Her skill at Yahtzee was legendary, and she never hesitated to celebrate her victories with a twinkle in her eye. Beyond games, she showcased her creativity through the art of handmade quilts and delighted those around her with her delectable chocolate chip cookies.
Known for her quick wit, sass, and sarcasm, Ruby had a great sense of humor that could light up any room. Her ability to welcome others into the family with open arms and a warm heart was unmatched, leaving a lasting impact on everyone fortunate enough to know her. Ruby had a rare gift for making people feel like they belonged, leaving an enduring legacy of love and acceptance.
As we mourn the physical loss of Ruby Marie James, we also celebrate a life that was rich with love, laughter, and an unwavering commitment to family. Her memory will live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to be touched by her warmth and grace. In the tapestry of life, Ruby's thread will forever be woven with love, creating a legacy that will endure through the generations to come.
Services for Ruby will begin with a viewing Dec. 6, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at Price Funeral Chapel (6335 Sunrise Blvd. Citrus Heights, CA, 916-725-2109). A graveside service will follow at 1:15 p.m. (please arrive at 12:45) at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery (5810 Midway Road, Dixon, CA), followed by a reception at a private residence. Online condolences can be made at PriceFuneralChapel.com.