Ruby Jean Smith Person was born April 4, 1935 in Paris, Texas. Lamar County to McKinley and Rosie Lee Smith. Arrangements provided by Golden Gate Mortuary.
Viewing will be held Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 5pm-7pm at Golden Gate Mortuary Chapel of Angels located at 1416 N. Hughes St. Amarillo, Texas.
The service will be Friday, June 28, 2019 at 11 am also with viewing at the beginning of service starting at 10 am – 11 am at Mt. Zion Baptist Church located at 118 S. Van Buren St. Amarillo, Texas. Burial will be at Llano Cemetery.
She and her family eventually moved to Memphis, Texas. Ruby graduated from Morningside High School in Memphis, Texas as Valedictorian in 1953. Ruby served as a teacher and principal at Deep Lake School, near Memphis for two years. She continued her career in education in Amarillo where she taught for a total of 36 years and retired from Amarillo Independent School District in 1996. Many students remember Mrs. Person as one of their favorite teachers.
Ruby joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church in 1966 where she served as an usher, on the culinary committee, junior usher advisor, Vacation Bible School children’s instructor and many other positions as called on. After retirement, Ruby continued to give her time volunteering and serving others. She has been recognized with several awards over the years for her service and volunteerism.
Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, Rosie Lee and McKinley Smith; two brothers, James Earl Smith and Baby Boy Smith; two sisters, Mamie Taylor and Odessa Jordan; and her former husband and friend Lorenzo Person.
Ruby is survived by her daughter, Jackie Person of Grand Prairie, Texas; bonus son, Michael (Tonya) Thomas of Fort Worth, Texas; granddaughter Ciara Thomas of Midland, Texas; sister Lola Phenix of Lubbock, Texas; brother Paul (Doris) Smith, Amarillo, Texas; and “adopted son” Gerald (Nelda) Tucker, Amarillo, Texas as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends.
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