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Ruby A. Marshall

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Ruby A. Marshall

Ruby Anderson Marshall passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2013, after almost 100 years of support and giving to her family, friends and her communities. Ruby was born Sarah Ruby Anderson on November 12, 1913 in Charleston, Mississippi where her father, James Allen Anderson, originally from Virginia, was in the lumber business, a profession which caused their family to move a number of times throughout the South during her early life. Her mother, Norma Josephine Caillouet, traces her ancestry back over 10 generations to many of the early and distinguished French Canadian families from Quebec who founded New Orleans and Opelousas, Louisiana, as well as Mobile, Alabama. All being of exceptional intellect and energy, with military honors and honors graduates in schools and colleges throughout the area, Ruby's mother became the first woman Louisiana Postmaster in 1962 and the first woman to head the state Republican Party in Louisiana. In the middle of the depression, Ruby married recent University of Illinois graduate, Wilber Henry Marshall, on January 12, 1935 in Apalachicola, Florida, where Wilbur started his long and illustrious career in Florida state, county and national education, and where Ruby began her career as a wife, mother and community supporter. They had three children during these difficult financial times, one of whom, Marilyn, died the year of her birth. Though less politically active than her mother, Ruby was ever-present in her principal communities of Tallahassee and Fort Lauderdale. As wife and mother during these difficult early years, she did all her own housework, cooking and anything else needed to support their growing family, even to the extent of creating her daughter's own fabulous wedding dress and trousseau in the 1950s. Ruby was forever supportive of her family in the Methodist Church, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and the Oleander chapter of the Garden Club of Tallahassee. Wilbur and Ruby were active in life, whether collecting antiques or traveling extensively with his school work and their love of sports venues, but they always had time for their children's needs, she writing a personal "update" letter to each every week of her life after they left home, forever. She just loved to write. In addition, while Ruby loved her children and neighbors, she further devoted herself to her communities; she was active in, and officers of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the American Colonist, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Huguenot Society. As a committed individualist, she loved playing bridge, from 1935 in Apalachicola until 2007 at Westminster Oaks in Tallahassee, and only gave up driving her car at age 92, when declining hearing and a needed driving test, much to her chagrin, got the better of her. Wilbur passed away at age 90 in 1998, after 45 years of celebrated work in education in Florida and the U.S. national system, and Ruby will now join him in the family plot of the North Bronough Street cemetery in Tallahassee on Friday, April 19, 2013. Ruby is survived by many: her daughter Norma A Wallace of Dallas Texas, her son Harry A Marshall of Atlanta, Georgia, her grandchildren by Norma, Lynn van Amburgh and Jay Marshall Wallace, and by Katherine McDaniel, Susan Mascolino, Elizabeth Marshall Engall and Tucker Marshall, by her son, as well as eight wonderful grand children.

As she said in a final verse from one of her many poems, "Another Kind of Ruby", "To those she feels close to, and with all of her heart

She knows the love and joy they return will never depart."

Please join us in celebrating Ruby's life on Friday (April 19,2013) at 1:30 p.m. at Culley's Riggins Road Chapel where they will conclude. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. A private burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.


Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Apr. 16, 2013
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