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Rubye Claryce Kindsvater

Rubye Claryce Kindsvater, 101, of Quitman, passed away at her home on December 21, 2018.

Rubye was born in Alabama on August 25, 1917 to Daniel Thomas and Leorah Elizabeth Brown. She was married to Paul C. Perry from 1938 until he passed away in 1981. She was married to Howard Kindsvater from 1982 until he passed away in 1997.

She was the former president of the PTA at Grand Prairie ISD and was a member of Liberty United Methodist Church in Quitman.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husbands. Rubye also had five siblings, all of whom are deceased; Reginald Brown, Ruth Townend, Hank Brown, Sam Brown and Elizabeth Meroney.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Stan and Carol Perry of Colleyville, TX; , her grandsons, Chad Perry of Austin and Jared Mathews and wife Katherine of Port Aransas; and her great grandson Hendrix Mathews.

Rubye enjoyed almost every day of her 101 years on earth, and she used many of them helping those around her to be better people and enjoy their lives as well. She loved life and people and was the most positive person her family and friends have ever met. Many people have called to tell them how much she meant to them. Her now-retired, wound-care specialist said she could count on two hands the number of patients she had befriended long-term in her 40 years career and said Rubye was her, “Number One”. One of the administrators at the nursing home say she had “changed her life” during just a brief encounter. She said she had been harboring something for a long time, and Rubye gave her a different way of looking at it and that had made her a much happier person. When asked if she remembered what she said, Rubye said she didn’t. Not unusual for her to offer sage advice, and she did it without pretense. It just came naturally to her. A lady who had bought a vacation house next to Rubye’s home on Lake Lydia said when they met she told Rubye she had a lot of grandkids and she hoped they wouldn’t disturb her. Rubye said, “The more noise you make over there the happier I will be”. She loved the sound of children playing, especially when they were playing with their grandchildren, and she loved being called Granny. Stan’s best friend since the second grade, whose life she changed in a profound way, always said he thought she was an angel on earth. Well she is an angel in heaven now, and heaven is definitely a better place for having her there. Hopefully there are some thrift stores she can frequent. Her family will celebrate her life every Christmas season from now on as long as there are those of here who remember her and how wonderful she was. For those who never had a chance to meet her, really missed a lot.

For those who wish to do something to remember her, instead of flowers, Rubye would love for Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas or Liberty Methodist Church in Quitman be the recipients.

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We loved our neighbor Rubye! Such fun playing Wahoo, dominoes, and other games. Also picking blackberries or digging sweet potatoes; or shopping at consignment stores. She loved buying a pretty dress to wear as a member of the wedding party for sale at $1!! Priceless friend. RIP.

Frank & Jan Howell Dec 28 2018 12:00 AM

How sad was to hear over Rubye passing away. She and I had such fun together at Lake Lydia. We visited each other every trip I made to Quitman. Being my next door neighbor made it easy to stay in touch. Such fond memories. Of the family I had met, I send my sympathies to Stan and his family. Much love to you Rubye!

Carolyn Kornman Dec 28 2018 12:00 AM

Ms. Rubye will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know her..Rubye was ready with a joke, maybe a little off colored, but good for a laugh. She loved a good time, she was kind and generous to all...she ever gave a gift to all who were in attendance for her 100th birthday party give by Liberty UMC.

Neva Potts Dec 27 2018 12:00 AM

Oh, how I will miss this wonderful lady! I met Rubye in October 2002 during my first few weeks of being hired as Director of the Quitman Public Library in Quitman, Texas. She loved to read, and as I was checking out her books, I noticed a considerable fine had accumulated. I asked how she wanted to settle her fine, and I heard gasps from long-time library clerks, Martha Fregia and Linda Davis. With a twinkle in her eye, Rubye smiled and said, "How about you charge it to the dust and let the rain settle it?" I laughed at her boldness, and we became fast friends! Over the years, she more than paid for any fine with her generous donations and by brightening up my day with a little joke each time she saw me. I loved going to her New Year's Eve parties, because her home was always filled with laughter, fun, and plenty of food. That's where Rubye taught me how to play Wahoo! Rubye Kindsvater made this world a better place. I will always remember her and smile.

Delene Allen Dec 26 2018 12:00 AM

Ruby always had a joke for you and most times they were colorful! On her 100 birthday we had a party at the church for her. When asked if she had a joke for us, she replied she wasn't sure she had one she could tell at church!! She was a sweet lady and one I will never forget. Rest in peace sweet lady.

Vada Fields Dec 26 2018 12:00 AM