Ruby Stuckey Sharp, 79, died peacefully in her sleep on March 25, 2018 in Chandler, Arizona.
Ruby Stuckey Sharp, 79, died peacefully in her sleep on March 25, 2018, in Chandler, Arizona.
Ruby was born in 1938 in Paris, Texas, the daughter of Howard and Lydia Stuckey. She was raised in Idabel, Oklahoma, before moving to Oklahoma City with husband, Kenneth, where she found her true calling in mothering Gary, Sandee, Steve, and Debbie. The family moved to Bethel Acres, where the children were raised and Ruby thrived tending to 80 acres and horses.
While Ruby focused on raising kids she held various jobs, but none that she loved as dearly as her time with the Boy Scouts of America; starting as a Cub Scout leader, then leading the Boy Scouts, and eventually being named the first female Scouting Commissioner in Oklahoma – an honor she was very proud of. Ruby worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company and eventually retired as a Bell Pioneer in 1997. Throughout her career she held many jobs, including working in the warehouse, as a repairman, a cable splicer, and eventually as a liaison with the FBI and other government agencies.
After retirement, she moved to the Arizona to be near family, where she enjoyed caring for her grandchildren, who were her shining stars, being a member of the Red Hat Society, cooking, scrapbooking, and bingo. Her great love and life work was genealogy, where her online family tree boasts more than 30,000 ancestors. Ruby was widely known and loved for her unwavering support of her family, her baking, her love of board games and Elvis Presley, and her ability to do anything and everything without ever putting her cigarette down.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her oldest son, Gary, and five brothers, Billy, Donald, Jerry, Thomas, and Robert.
She is survived by children: Sandee and husband Chris, Steve and wife Sonja, Debbie and husband Eddie; grandchildren: Summer, TaraLeigh, Beth, Chrissy, and Brooks; great-grandson: Kenny; her sisters and brother: Joyce, Patsy, Peggy, Geri “Dodie” and Earl; and extended family.
Ruby will be missed and cherished by all.