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NASH, Ruby (Mae) Kellough was born Septmeber 21, 1931 in Bastop, TX to to Estelle and Eliza Jane Johnson Kellough. she was one of eight brothers and sisters. She is a graduate of Anderson High School in Austin, TX. Mrs. Nash is a graduate of Tillotson College, Austin; maters degree at Arizona State College, Flagstaff, AZ and attended University of California, Los Angeles, CA, the University of Texas and Wittenberg University. After earning her degrees she began a career with the Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs in Arizona where she taught young Native Americans on the Indian Reservations, there is where she met Albert Nash, a handsome military man who would become her husband. The couple moved to Albert's hometown of Springfield, OH where she continued her teaching career with the Springfield City Schools for 38 years, where she eventually retired. Mrs. Nash received many awards and recognitions throughout her career, including being named to the Texas Teachers Hall of Fame, Outstanding Ohio Black Family by the Ohio Black Family Coalition from the Ohio House of Representatives, National Teacher of the Year by the Foundation for the Achievement of Human Potential and Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Excellence Award. They have two wonderful sons, Arlon and Anthony. Albert and Ruby were members of the Second Missionary Baptist Church. Ruby was a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, YWCA Board of Directors, N.A.A.C.P. and various organizations. Ruby enjoyed traveling and creating various poems. She leaves to cherish her memory two sons, Arlon (Krysta) Nash and Anthony Nash; three granddaughters, Jenee, Leah and Alayna; three brothers-in-law, Donald (Joanne) Nash, Robert (Lorene) Nash and Leonard Nash; two sisters-in-law, Faith (James) Jackson and Winifred Horton; special friends, Susie Crawford-Carter, Ellie Rice, Marjorie Ball and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Pearl Nash; parents, Estella and Eliza Jane Johnson Kellough; four sisters, Viola Hutchins, Odessa Jackson, Katie Slider and Florence McConley; three brothers, Leon Kellough, Elbert Kellough and Mannie Kellough; close friend, Arlene E. Wilcoxen; special friends, Alis Anthony and Edna Graves. Visitation will be Friday from 6-8 p.m. in the Robert C. Henry Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. in Second Missionary Baptist Church. Burial in Ferncliff Cemetery. Arrangements provided by the Robert C. Henry Funeral Home.
Published in Springfield News-Sun on Dec. 13, 2012