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Ruby Draper

January 13, 1926 — April 19, 2022

Ruby Elma Draper (Gilchrist), 2 nd oldest daughter of the late Martin Gilchrist and Frances Gilchrist (Brown), was born January 13, 1926 in Fayette, Mississippi.

Ruby moved to Kansas City, Kansas then to Cleveland, Ohio in the 1950’s where she worked as a cafeteria worker at the Cleveland Cadillac Tank Plant until the GM contract ended in 1972. After the plant closing, she worked as a factory worker at Chevrolet until she moved to Akron, Ohio in 1974. While in Akron, Rudy decided to further her education by getting her high school diploma and getting her certificate in healthcare. She worked as a healthcare provider where she worked with the elderly and the disabled for several years.

Ruby enjoyed sewing and quilting. She really enjoyed reading a good book. She would sit outside reading a book enjoying the sunshine. She didn’t have a particular author or type of book she would read, she just loved to read. She also enjoyed planting flowers and working in the garden.

Ruby is preceded in death by Daughter, Frances Jolly, Sisters, Cubie Smith, Pearl Smith, Eunice Gilchrist, Florida Anderson, Margie Bell Gilchrist, Brothers, Martin Gilchrist, Charles Gilchrist, Great-Grandson
Derrick Collins and Special Sister-in-Law Mamie Gilchrist.

Ruby leaves to cherish her memory Daughter, Raquel Draper, Sisters, Runnie Dawson, Clara Gilchrist, and Ophelia Brown, Grandsons, Kenneth Jolly (Cynthia), Stephen Draper, Great-Grandsons, Caiden Thomas and Justice Draper, Great-Granddaughter Lyla Draper. Special Son Walter King. A host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

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