Ruby Ann McKissack
1923 - 2020
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Ruby Ann Crawford McKissack
Ruby Ann Crawford McKissack went to heaven June 24, 2020 and joined her husband, Gordon Ross McKissack.
Left to cherish her memory are her two children; Cynthia Ann Weaver and Gordon Scott McKissack, wife, Georgia; grandchildren, Allison and Scott, Jr.; great grandchildren, Madison, Ryal and Charlee.
Visitation will commence at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, June 29, 2020 from 3-5PM. The funeral services and interment will be private. For an extensive obituary, please visit

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Jun. 28, 2020.
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June 29, 2020
I was in the "Hunters Creek Class of 1959" that started Kindergarten in 1952 at the very overly-crowded Memorial Drive Elementary where we remained to attend 1st Grade in 1953-1954. When Hunters Creek Elementary was completed in the Summer of 1954, we transferred there for 2nd through 6th Grades until our May, 1959 "graduation" to 7th Grade "Junior High." I was not aware that 1956 was Mrs. McKissack's first year at Hunters Creek, but that must mean that our class was her first 4th Grade class. We may have given her second thoughts about this new Spring Branch Independent School District. But her photo matches my memory of Mrs. McKissack. "I may look sweet and elegant, and that's what I will be as long as you behave and do your best. But let there be no doubt about who's in charge here, so don't test me. Also know that I have the backing of your parents." We soon learned that she was right in all respects, and we settled in for another year of quality education. We were blessed to be at Hunters Creek Elementary under SBISD Superintendent Dr. Landrum who also had kids there, Principal Charlotte Lewis, and the best teachers including Carter, Page, Bond, Lastor, Teague-Moye, McKissack, Gilpin, Brightwell, Thomas, and Kirk, all of whom had the backing of the no-nonsense Principal Miss Lewis. We enjoyed seeing Mrs. McKissack at our 31st Hunters Creek reunion party that was held in June, 1990 as part of our 25th High School reunion weekend. While I was not surprised to see how much each student remembered about Mrs. McKissack, I was flabbergasted to see how much she remembered about each of us. This included such things as life at Hunters Creek (PTA spaghetti suppers in the lunchroom/auditorium, Christmas plays, 2-cent yellow milk chips and 35-cent red lunch chips including Thursday's rotating hot dogs/hamburgers and Friday's fish sticks), our interests and "talents," our parents and siblings, and things we each said or did in her class and later as she tracked our "progress." I also had some interaction with her family at Chapelwood, and I recognize the names of her kids Scott and Cindy. The 64 years since have taken their toll on my memory, but I think I remember Scott as being 1 year younger, and Cindy as 2 years younger. Be that as it may, you should know that your Mother had a big impact on the "Hunters Creek Class of 1959," and on the 24 classes that followed, 2 of which included my Brother and my Sister. You were lucky to have her as a Mother, and we students were lucky that our paths crossed. She made a difference.
David Crockard
June 27, 2020
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