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Eileen Brigitte Tierney-Ruby

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Eileen Brigitte Tierney-Ruby

formerly of Hockessin

Eileen Brigitte Tierney-Ruby, of Sea Pines, Hilton Head Island, SC and formerly of Hockessin, DE, passed away on November 15, 2016 at home with her husband, Bart D. Ruby, by her side after fighting ovarian cancer for 3 years.

She was born January 5, 1944 in County Mayo, Ireland and emigrated to the US at the age of 16. She lived with and worked as an "upstairs maid" for a wealthy family while attending High School.

She was the daughter of the late Bridget (Goggins) and James Tierney. She was predeceased by her only brother James Tierney. She is survived by her beloved husband Bart D. Ruby, daughters Kristen (Brad) Woodard of Nacogdoches TX and Anya Ruby of Rochester Hills MI, sisters Maureen (George) Farrelly, Springfield PA, Kitty (Steve) Dewitt, Chester CA, Josie (Jim) Philbin, Ballinrobe, County Mayo, Perry (Michael) O'Dowd, Cong, County Mayo, and Bernadette (J.J.) McGreal, Ballinrobe, County Mayo, grandsons Tread and Daniel and granddaughter Catalina, 1 Aunt, 4 nieces, 7 nephews and many cousins.

She graduated from Alexis I. DuPont High School in Greenville DE, Goldey Beacom College in Wilmington DE, and the University of Delaware in Newark DE. She spent her entire career working for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co at various locations and in many capacities in the Legal and Agricultural Products Departments for 36 years and retired as Global Trademark Manager for the Agricultural Products Department.

She and Bart made Hilton Head Island, SC their permanent home upon his retirement in 2010. She enjoyed her travels around the world, running, biking, kayaking and downhill skiing where she won numerous championships on the Corporate Circuit. She especially enjoyed gardening, and her 1886 Victorian home and gardens in Hockessin were visited by many and on the Wilmington Garden Tour. She loved Ireland and spent time with her family there every year and many times more often. Since retirement she spent much time volunteering for various organizations in Wilmington DE and Hilton Head Island SC, most recently as a docent at the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island where she especially enjoyed accompanying visitors on a working shrimp boat, trawling the waters of Port Royal Sound.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Monday November 28th at Holy Family Catholic Church, 24 Pope Ave, Hilton Head Island SC 29928. Interment will follow the Mass at Six Oaks Cemetery, Sea Pines Plantation. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926.
Published in The News Journal on Nov. 27, 2016
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