Ruby Read Matejka

  • "I remember Ruby well while a student at Pueblo High School...."
    - Judy Longenbaugh
  • "I wass saddened by Ms. Matejka's passing. Ms. Matejka was..."
    - Ed Nunez
  • "Ruby's smile and warmth inspired greatness. I saw her..."
    - David Reisdorf
  • "I knew Miss Matejka as a student and also as sports editor..."
    - Vic Roych
  • "I've thought of Miss Matejka many times through the years..."
    - Jon Kamman

Ruby Read Matejka 1926 - 2014 Born in Dallas, TX on November 20, 1926, Ruby was lovingly taken to be with her Savior on May 7, 2014. Pre-deceased by parents, Franklin K. Matejka and Ruby Lillian Neal. Survived by her brother, Frank Neal, San Antonio, TX. Ruby grew up in Brownsville, TX where she excelled academically and as an avid tennis player. She was always a devout Christian. As an adult, she was director of the Carver Baptist Center in New Orleans. After moving to Tucson, she helped many in the Tucson Chinese Baptist community learn English. Moving to Tucson in May 1956, Ruby was a teacher of mathematics at Pueblo High Scholl and served as the boys' tennis coach. She later became head of Pueblo's math department. She then moved on to be president of the Tucson Education Association in 1974. As the K-12 coordinator of Mathematics for TUSD during the 1970's and 1980's, her organizational skills, diligent work ethic and commanding sense of humor endeared her to many TUSD teachers and administrators. Ruby worked in the TUSD research department where her analytical mind was valued. She ended her TUSD career as she began, teaching math at Pueblo High School. Because of her boundless energy, Ruby excelled in all these demanding jobs. Even while working full time for TUSD, Ruby was Director of Music for the Casas Adobes Baptist Church. Upon retirement, as a sports enthusiast, Ruby enjoyed attending and analyzing UofA basketball and baseball games, as well as the Tucson Toros' games. She was an avid birder and photographer with a special affinity toward hummingbirds. Ruby was known as a caregiver to many, including her aunt and uncle with whom she lived while in high school; missionary companions, Mary Etheredge, Nina Gillispie and other friends. Heartfelt thanks to the caring people at Summerset Acres where Ruby lived for the past two years. Special thanks to her many special friends and caregivers for Ruby during her time of need. A Celebration of Ruby's life is planned for 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 22, 2014 at FUNERARIA DEL ANGEL, 7 E. University Blvd., Tucson. In lieu of flowers, Ruby requested memorial gifts to American Bible Society, 1865 Broadway, New York, NY 10023; or to the Arizona Nature Conservancy, 1510 E. Ft. Lowell, Tucson, AZ 85719; Arrangements by FUNERARIA DEL ANGEL

Published in the Arizona Daily Star on May 18, 2014
Ruby Read Matejka
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