Ruby Lee Taylor Heard lived a beautiful and fulfilled life for 91 years. Ruby was the second child born to the late Robert and Polly Kinsey Lee in Webster Parish on March 9, 1920. She was reared by her grandparents, the late Jim and Arquilla Willouby Kinsey.
She accepted Christ at an early age at Union Grove Baptist Church and later moved her membership to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. After uniting in marriage to Herbert Taylor, Sr. on Oct. 21, 1941, two children were born, Vernadia Taylor Smith and Herbert Taylor, Jr.
Upon marriage, she then moved her membership to Pine Grove Baptist Church. As a faithful worker, she served as Sunday school teacher, mission president, usher board and choir member, deaconess, financial secretary, youth director and president of the Springville Missionary and Education Association Women's Department.
On Oct. 27, 1990, she united in marriage to Jewell Heard and followed her husband to New Light Missionary Baptist Church. She was a faithful member of the deaconess board, food committee and Pastor's Aide Society. After the death of Jewell Heard, Mother Ruby reunited with Pine Grove Baptist Church.
Mrs. Ruby graduated from Webster High School in 1953 and later attended Grambling State College, majoring in Institutional Management. She also attended Northwestern State University to further her career in food service management.
She is most remembered for cooking where she served as cafeteria manager of Webster High School from 1949 to 1979. Some of the fondest memories of Webster High School graduates were the delicious foods, such as peanut butter cookies, chili beans, cabbage and apple cobbler with cheese strips on top. Her sterling example for good nutritional health helped produce healthy lifestyles, which were deeply embedded into the lives of countless impressionable students.
Mrs. Ruby was preceded in death by her husbands, Herbert Taylor, Sr. and Jewel Heard; brother, Willie Lee; stepdaughter, Carrie B. Sims and stepson, William "Butler" Taylor; and granddaughters, Jajah "Shayee" Smith Eddington and Ruby Dean Taylor.
She leaves to cherish her memory a devoted daughter, Vernadia Taylor Smith (Ezell) and devoted son, Herbert Taylor, Jr. (Janice), both of Minden; nine grandchildren, Eric Taylor, Chicago, Illinois, Adrian Taylor, Houston, Texas, Reginald Taylor, Daytona Beach, Florida, Julia E. Smith, Shreveport, Herbert Taylor III, Minden, Arlillian T. Rushing, Gibsland, Robert Taylor (Thelma), Minden, William Taylor, Jr. (Maxine), San Antonio, Texas and Dewayne Eddington, Gladewater, Texas; Specialist Devvyn D. Eddington (Erica), Fort Gordon, Georgia and Phamous Ruby C. Taylor, Minden; 13 great-grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren; seven great-great-great-grandchildren; and a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be held Friday, September 9 in the chapel of Kennon's Mortuary from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. with family hour from 5 until 7 p.m. Services are entrusted to Kennon's Mortuary. Email condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.Subscribe to Read!