April 18, 2014

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Ruby Baumgartner Simpson

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ruby Baumgartner Simpson was a perfect example of a life well lived.  Ruby was called home to be with our Lord on Friday, November 29, 2013.

Ruby was a cornerstone of not only her immediate community in the Turner Ridge area, but a vital member of the Pendleton County community as a whole and a longtime member of Falmouth Christian Church. Her sincere concern for each person she met was evident. One of the quietest pillars of strength wherever she was, she truly flourished in any environment of which she was a member.  The significant number of young lives she touched through her tireless work with the Pendleton County Homemakers’ Club; assisting wherever and however she could with countless Pendleton County Youth Fairs; assisting in and out of the classroom, kitchen and crafts associated with Bible Schools ensuring her children - all of those in the community, that is, were provided with the opportunity for spiritual growth and development, endless hours spent working with her church families being a living example of Christ and selfless love and compassion; and, her passion which was homemaking and providing a warm inviting home for everyone she knew. No one ever just walked into Ruby’s house, you were made a member of the family and welcomed home each and every time you stopped by.

That love of God, community and extended family allowed a significant number of youth especially, to be given an extra set of parents which Ruby and Earl became to many in the county over the years.  To have had no biological children of their own, the many children reared by Ruby and Earl are all the better in their lives and endeavors for having been provided such compassionate, loving examples of how a daily walk with Christ provides the foundation upon which to develop sound character and strong faith to overcome life’s hurdles.  While well into her 90s, Ruby found such joy in taking homemade candy at Thanksgiving and Christmas to the “elderly” in her community.  Those folks were all the way up in their 80s after all.

As you remember Ruby, please recall not just the beautiful cakes for weddings, baby showers, and birthdays that could not be charged for because they were friends and you just do not do that; the baskets of vegetables finding their way to neighbors because she just did not have the time to put up all those vegetables in addition to the ones already in the pantry from that summer and hoped you could make use of them; the kind smile she gave you every year when she saw you at the fair and asked how your family was (naming them all by name specifically); or that time she stopped by just for a second with a meal fit for a king when you had lost a loved one or had been ill since she wanted to make sure you did not have to bother with cooking, no, instead, please recall the heart of a queen and the spirit of one of Christ’s angels sent to earth to live among us.

A life well lived was the legacy Mrs. Ruby Simpson has provided all of us who had the incredible privilege to know and love, and more importantly be loved by one of the kindest ladies of Pendleton County.

Ruby was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Earl Simpson.

Surviving are sister, Wilma Hart, Taylor Mill; nephew, Gary Hart, also of Taylor Mill; and numerous nieces and nephews, as well.

The family would like to thank the selfless dedication of Wilma and Gary as they served as Ruby’s primary caregivers the last few years. Services  were officiated by People’s Funeral Home, Falmouth.

Interment took place at Mount Moriah Cemetery.