By Special to the Daily World
The Homegoing Celebration for Ruby Maedows Gasaway was held Friday morning, Feb. 25, at Meadows Memorial Chapel on Flat Shoals Ave., S.E. The 11 a.m. chapel service attracted a packed audience that shared fond memories of a devoted and happy-go-lucky person. Mrs. Gasaway was 92.
Born in Crawford, Ga. in Wilkes County on March 22, 1918, she was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School. She worked at the Scripto Pen and Pencil Company and later was employed as a clinical research nursing assistant at Emory University Hospital, where she worked for over 30 years.
A vibrant, colorful and warm personality, she displayed a spunky and humorous attitude about life, according to her obituary, and was “always willing to lend a hand to someone in need.”
Her cooking skills were “superb,” according to one well wisher, and she “freely shared meals with family members and others at any given time.” The deceased enjoyed collecting dolls and stuffed animals in her spare time, and liked putting together jig saw and word search puzzles.
Ruby Gasaway is survived by one daugther, Auherine Quillian; a son, Melvin Gasaway; five grandchildren, Michael Harrison (Lynne), Deborah Harrison, Kim Green, Ali Dantzler, and Natasha Gasaway; four great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; several nieces, and a host of other relatives and friends. The deceased is also survived by five brothers and three sisters.
The eulogy was delivered by the Rev. Dr. William Hill of Higher Living Christian Church, where Ruby Gasaway was a longtime member.
Interment was at South View Cemetery. A repast was served following the burial at Holy Temple Deliverance Church Fellowship Hall, next door to Meadows Mortuary Inc.