Ruby Humphries Jennings
Our beloved Ruby Humphries Jennings passed from this world to a better one on February 11, 2014.
Ruby was born March 16, 1932 on a windy day in Hurricane, Utah to John Allen and May Belle Dorius Humphries. She was the only child of that union. She did however have 10 older brothers and sisters by her father's first marriage. She also had 3 older sisters by her mother's previous marriage. Ruby's brother Willard often said that it was she who united the two families. She is the last of her siblings to pass away.
Ruby was born in the brick house that still stands at 245 West and 400 South in Hurricane. Aunt Nina Hinton, a midwife to many in Hurricane at the time, helped bring her into this world. For reasons known only to Ruby's father, he exchanged the brick home to Claude Hirschi for the white stucco home two doors to the East. It too still stands. This is where Ruby lived until she went away to college.
Ruby attended elementary, junior high and high school in Hurricane. Even in elementary she showed herself to be reliable and trustworthy. The principal assigned her to take the small change from student purchases of the school lunch to deposit into the school's account at the bank.
She graduated from Hurricane High with the class of 1950. She was popular, a good student and very involved in extracurricular activities. Ruby was editor of the 1950 year book, a member of the debate team, and a cheerleader.
In 1950 Ruby entered Dixie Junior College on a scholarship while working part time. She continued to work throughout her entire college career. Ruby graduated from Dixie with honors two years later.
In 1952, Ruby entered Brigham Young University. She graduated with a BS degree in elementary education three years later. Thus began Ruby's lifetime passion for educating young people. She began her teaching career in the Las Vegas school system where she worked for 3 years. After marrying her first husband she moved to Northern Utah and taught in the Salt Lake City school system. Ruby then taught in the Murray School District for nearly 18 years, where she was the district's student teacher coordinator for BYU. In this capacity she taught aspiring teachers how to instruct better. In recognition of the excellence of her work, the faculty at BYU encouraged her to get a graduate degree and BYU offered a tuition-free pathway to that goal. In this way she earned a masters degree in Educational Administration. She was frequently called upon to give seminars for other teachers.
After nearly 20 years in Utah schools, Ruby returned to Las Vegas where she taught in the classroom and gave seminars for other teachers. Ruby became an Assistant Principal and soon after was promoted to Principle, a position in which she excelled for approximately 5 years.
On November 21, 1987, Ruby married and was sealed to Wilbur W. Jennings in the LDS St. George, UT Temple. The St. George Temple was chosen because this is where both of their parents were married and sealed. Through this marriage she became the mother Wilbur's three children, Kerrie, Lisa and Eric. From the first, they have treated her with love and respect as if she were their own mother. Ruby cared for them as if they were her own.
Shortly after Ruby retired from the school career, she was called to both serve as Ward Relief Society President and at the same time a worker in the Las Vegas Temple. She willingly accepted and served in both callings with distinction. Ruby served a combined total of approximately 15 years in the Las Vegas and St. George Temples. She served as Relief Society President under 3 different bishops. In fact she had not been released from that calling until she was in the Missionary Training Center in Provo preparing for her mission to Chile.
Ruby spent her lifetime in the service of others. As a teacher she expected much of her students and they responded with excellence. In the later years she was frequently stopped on the street, in stores, or at church or civic functions, by now more mature adults who recognized her to thank her for what she had taught them in school and for her good influences in their lives.
In December 1997, after Wilbur retired, they were called to serve as LDS Senior Couple Missionaries in Chile, South America. At the start they were given young missionaries as companions. In this way they were taught the Spanish language and the culture. But Ruby taught the Chileans and young missionaries in a better language: the language of love. Ruby was a very effective missionary. One Chilean family named their first daughter after Ruby! Her first companion, Chelsea R. Booth, did the same as well.
Ruby enjoyed traveling around the world with her husband Wilbur, and their friends. She was devoted to her family and especially proud of her 4 grandchildren. Ruby complimented and supported her husband and found joy in serving her church, family, friends, and neighbors.
Arrangements made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign the guest book or record a remembrance at Ruby H. Jennings at www.spilsburymortuary.com. There will be a viewing at the Spilsbury Funeral Home in Hurricane Valley on Friday February 14, 2014 from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm. The funeral home is located at 50 South 2500 West State St., Hurricane, UT 84737. Another viewing will be held at the Latter Day Saints Hurricane 12th Ward church building located at 452 North 2600 West Hurricane, UT on February 15, 2014 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am prior to the funeral services which will follow at 12:00 pm noon. Interment and graveside dedication will be in the Hurricane City Cemetery located at 350 East 600 North Hurricane, UT 84737.
The Jennings family wishes to thank Visiting Angels of Southern Utah, Southern Utah Hospice, and all who have assisted with Ruby's care and have shown love and compassion toward Ruby and Wilbur in these trying times. They would especially like to thank all of those who have helped then by their love, heartfelt prayers and support.
Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on Feb. 13, 2014