Rubye Lee Maxwell, dedicated wife, loving mother, treasured grandma and great grandma, loyal friend, and dutiful Christ follower, entered into eternal life on June 8th, 2019.
Rubye married her devoted husband, Richard Oliver Maxwell, a WWII veteran, over 71 years ago. Together they had one daughter, Deborah Sakmar, and three sons, Richard Maxwell, Doug Maxwell (Laura), and Tim Maxwell (Darlean). These children gifted her with 9 grandchildren and in turn, 13 great grandchildren. She took extreme pride in each and every one of them. She taught them to fish, to select a quality hammer, to joke and laugh together, to take up for each other, to become great treasure hunters, to build tree houses, the best place to keep your money safe, to beat out a fire with your clothes when necessary, how to make apple dolls and George Washington teeth, the fun in painting happy trees, to make quality memories that could never be erased, and to just be thankful.
As a former nurse and Fayette County’s 1966 Homemaker of the Year, Rubye was thoroughly devoted to her family and to the care and love of everyone around her. Her spirit is carried on by her husband, children, daughter’s-in-law (whom she considered her children), grandchildren, great grandchildren, her baby sister Reba, and an extended family of relations and friends from every walk of life who are too numerous to list, but certainly not forgotten.
Rubye is now reunited with two of her sons, Richard and Tim, who left this life before her. Most certainly they met her at the gates of Heaven, along with her mother, father, and 6 siblings whom now hold her in their embrace.
She had a life-long love affair with God, her husband and family, the movie “An Affair to Remember,” chocolate cake, banana pudding, lima beans, caffeine free diet Coke, girl’s trips, yellow roses, jewelry, thrift stores, and shopping.
She excelled at creating treasured memories, giving perms, making peanut brittle and chicken and dumplings, and creating life-long friendships. She could root anything that grows, install electrical systems, get spam callers off of the phone in record time, pull a great prank, and make anyone laugh until their sides hurt. Her granddaughters fondly remember the days she dressed them up like country singers and had them perform. Her great grandchildren always enjoyed every elaborate tea party she hosted.
We are blessed to have learned many valuable lessons from Rubye during her long life, among them: Always put others before yourself, make meals for those who are too busy to do so for themselves, invite new friends to the annual Easter egg hunt, give to every charity that calls or sends you free address labels, laughter is truly the best medicine and you can never have enough of it, never give up on yourself or anyone around you, the grass is always greenest in your own yard (or at least it should be), love your family with your whole being every second of every day, always ensure that guests have a warm bed and a soft nightlight, every flower is beautiful and deserves a place in your yard, always send a card for any and every occasion (and be sure to have an endless stockpile on hand), making precious memories together will ensure that you are never forgotten and that you are always remembered with love and gratitude, and most importantly, value God and family above all else. Those who have taken her lessons to heart will most certainly live a more blessed life for doing so.
Her beautiful smile, infectious laughter, warmth, and love will never be forgotten. She worked hard every day of her life, until the very end, and made a difference in the lives of so many.
Jesus said unto her, “I am the resurrection, and the life: those who believeth in me, even though they die, shall live eternally.”
Family, friends, (and strangers she would love to have met), can visit with Rubye's family at the Conner-Westbury Funeral Home on Monday, June 10th from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 11th at 2:00 p.m. at Conner-Westbury Funeral Home with the graveside service to follow immediately after at Antioch Baptist Cemetery, 110 Brooks Woolsey Rd., Fayetteville. Dress with a splash of blue in her honor if you have it. In Rubye's memory, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.