Ruby McDowell Heady, 76, of Hodgenville, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in Hodgenville.
She operated Fantasyland Day Care for 16 years and because of her love for children, was able to touch the lives of more than 140 children during those years.
Her favorite pastime was genealogy research. She loved the history of families and how everyone is intertwined. Her love of family was evident by listening to her talk about her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy Edward McDowell and Dorothy DeSpain McDowell Howell.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Robert L. "Bobby" Heady; two daughters, Debbie (Donnie) Dickerson of Magnolia and Karen (Stuart) Singleton of Louisville; a son, Jeff (Cindy) Heady of Magnolia; three brothers, Ray (Von) McDowell, Jimmie (Liane) McDowell and Mike (Chris) Howell, all of Hodgenville; seven grandchildren, Kristin (Chris) Estes, Emily (Josh) Morris, Morgan Dickerson, Ellen (Bryan) Shelton, Christopher Singleton, Meredith Dickerson and Erin (Ryan) Bratcher, and six great-grandchildren, Riley and Hadley Morris, Maddie and Brayden Estes, Ellie Shelton and Hunter Bratcher.
The funeral is at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at First Baptist Church in Hodgenville with Brother Sid Lewis, Dr. Paul Richey and the Rev. Kyle Page officiating. Burial follows in Red Hill Cemetery.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and continues from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home in Hodgenville.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the American World War II Veterans Network, 5745 Lee Road, Indianapolis, IN, 46216 or LaRue County Genealogy Society, P.O. Box 312, Hodgenville, KY 42748.