Ruby Parkinson Olney Dec. 11, 1915 - Aug. 6, 2009 Ruby Olney passed away peacefully on August 6, after a long and full life. Born in Santa Ana, CA, Ruby lived in Edmonton, Canada and Canoga Park, CA, as a child before settling in Oakland in 1928. A graduate of Woodrow Wilson Jr. High and Oakland Tech H.S., Ruby worked at Caterpillar Tractor, Luckys, and Horspool & Romine as a bookkeeper. Ruby and her husband Gordon moved to Corte Madera where they owned California Leather Products in Marin County. Gordon passed away in 1995 after 58 years of marriage. After her husbands' death, Ruby lived in Alameda and later El Cerrito, CA. She is also predeceased by her son Kenneth Olney of Alameda and her sister Ruth Williams of Oakland. Ruby, with her sisters Lura and Ruth, was the center of a large, loving extended family. Survivors include her sister Lura (Art) Ferguson of Concord; sons Richard (Shirley) Olney of San Jose & Donald (Nancy) Olney of Alameda; and daughter Martha (Esther Hargis) Olney of El Cerrito. She was very proud of her grandchildren; Cara Olney of San Jose, Jody (John) McMillan of Sonoma, Eric Olney of San Diego, Jessica Olney of Alameda, and Jimmy Olney of El Cerrito. She had recently been blessed with great-grandsons David and Derek McMillan of Sonoma. "Auntie Ruby" will also be missed by numerous generations of nieces and nephews. An accomplished genealogist, Ruby traveled generations and the world while sitting at her computer. She shared information and made connections with a wide on-line community. The results of her research are a gift to her family and future generations. There will be a Celebration of her life at Oakland First Baptist Church, 543-22nd St, on Saturday, August 22nd at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a charity of your choice.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Aug. 16, 2009