PEORIA - Ruby Marie Robinson, 89, of Peoria, Illinois, passed away peacefully, departing this earthly realm into the glorious hands of God at 7:59 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at her home, surrounded with the love and adoration of family, friends and caregivers.
Mother Ruby adored her family and will rest knowing that her sons and daughters will be sorrowful in her departure. But Mother holds to cherish her surviving family, Dale Rudd, Frances Rudd-Hamer, Samuel "Coko" Rudd, Deborah Graham, Thomas "Ricky" Johnson, Vernon (Gaye) Johnson, Todd "Dino" Johnson, Christopher (Roshawn) Johnson and Tonya Barnes, all of Peoria, Ill.
Mother Ruby, known as Momma, Granny and Grandmamma to five generations within her family held not only her beloved nine sons and daughters close to her heart, she held her 49 grandchildren, 82 great-grandchildren, and 57 great-great-grandchildren very, very close to her heart.
Mother loved her family so much. She would remind us of her love every time she would speak to encourage us, to hold us with a hug that so fittingly would ensure us that God would make a way no matter what the situation - if it was praying for that exam, the promotion, or just the "adjustment" of life.
Granny would pour God's word into us continuously to remind us of what a mighty God we serve!
Within the celebration of life, Mother continuously sought to educate herself and her family with the knowledge of their lineage of educators, political speakers, administrators, and a captain of firefighters. But most importantly, she would remind them of the foundation in which this family was built and that was the love of God.
Mother Ruby accepted Christ at a very young age and was ordained in May 2003 as an Elder of the City of Refuge Worship Center, now known as the renewed Greater City of Refuge Cathedral of Worship, with Bishop Timothy Criss, Pastor, whom Mother loved dearly.
Elder Ruby served her community and ministered throughout the United States. Our extended family spans from the East Coast to the West Coast. Mother traveled throughout the states meeting and encouraging God's people before her health declined. The travel may have stopped but the telephone calls increased as she shared the good news that we are a chosen generation of people called out by God to do a work in this end time, in serving God to help elevate the minds of His people into a better life.
Mother Ruby had a calling on her life and a destiny to press toward the goal of God's righteousness.
Ruby Marie Robinson was given to us as a precious gift on Monday, Sept. 17, 1923, to Dale W. Robinson and Oneida (Williams) Robinson in Wichita, Kan. Mother Ruby was adopted by her grandparents, better known as Mama and Papa Robinson, as a young child. She moved to Peoria, Ill., to live with her dad, Dale Robinson, and stepmother, Beatrice "Bea" Johnson, at 12 years of age.
Mother Ruby's father instilled in her the importance of staying in school and attending church regularly. Mother was passionate about learning her heritage and the ministry. Ruby was the first African-American long distance operator with Illinois Bell Telephone Co., an advocate for both Women's Strength and the Council for Aging.
She was a licensed practical nurse (LPN) before retiring after 23 years of service.
Mother received certification for Crisis Intervention at Illinois Central College and recognition from Oral Roberts University Institute of Charismatic Studies, Victory Christian Center with Pastor Billy Joe Daugherty, both in Tulsa, Okla., and additionally The World Harvest Bible College with Pastor Rodney L. Parsley in Columbus, Ohio.
As a persistent educator and mentor, Mother Ruby was the president of the Mothers' Club at Mount Zion Baptist Church and a member of the Mothers' Club at New Hope Deliverance Church.
Mother Ruby was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; stepmother; her sister, Katherine; as well as her spouses, Samuel L. Rudd and Thomas M. Johnson.
The homegoing service for Elder Ruby Marie Robinson will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 1, 2013, with visitation beginning at 9 a.m. at the Greater City of Refuge Cathedral of Worship. Bishop Timothy E. Criss will officiate. Entombment will be in Parkview Cemetery, Chapel of Peace Mausoleum, following services. The Wilton Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Repast will be at St. Paul Baptist Church following entombment.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.'s "Go to High School, Go to College" mentorship program for young men. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.thewiltonmortuary.com.