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On July 29, 2014 in Bethesda, MD. Beloved mother of the late Sybil; dear aunt of Estoria; cherished grandmother of Emmanuelle; much loved great-aunt of Tiffany and godmother of Anne. Ruby will also be sadly missed by her cousins, nieces, nephews, and all those whose lives she touched.
Ruby was born to Louis and Eliza Hanna in Kingstree, SC. She graduated from Wilson High School in 1934, received a BA in Education from Allen University in 1942 and an MA in Elementary Education from Roosevelt University in 1961.
A dedicated elementary school teacher who was passionate about making a difference in the lives of her students, Ruby founded the International African Arts Museum to help fill a gap in the Euro-centric curriculum predominant in the 1960s and 70s. In 1970, she was honored by the NAACP for her contributions to Integrated Education.
Ruby was a devout Catholic and was a member of the National Black Catholic Coordinating Team. She was also a talented artist and avid art collector, making two solo trips in the seventies to Liberia, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Algeria to gather pieces for her museum.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to JSSA Hospice (, who provided such excellent and compassionate care during Ruby's last days.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 8908 Old Branch Ave., Clinton, MD on Saturday, August 23 at 9:45 a.m. Burial will be held at 11 a.m. at the Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton, MD.

Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 21, 2014
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