Ruby Byous Rosen died peacefully at home on March 17, 2017. She celebrated her 95th birthday on February 23rd. Ruby lived a long, happy and quintessentially American life. She was born in the tiny town of Fanshawe, Oklahoma but left after high school to experience the larger world. She secured a job in nearby Fort Smith, Arkansas where she would meet a young Army Lieutenant, Derald Rosen whom she would eventually marry. Ruby was embraced by his large immigrant family in Chicago and chose Judaism as her own religion. Together, they made it possible for Derald to earn a CPA degree, eventually establishing an accounting firm in Jackson, MS. She worked tirelessly as his office manager to ensure the business flourished, while raising three daughters in their adopted hometown. She was fully involved in life at the synagogue, particularly as a youth group advisor and in helping to establish the first reform Jewish camp in the South, the Henry S. Jacobs Camp in rural Mississippi.
Always a reader and inquisitive by nature, Ruby enjoyed traveling and writing letters. After retiring, she and Derald took many Road Scholar trips, combining learning with a love for beautiful scenery. She taught herself to quilt, and hand-quilted baby blankets and comforters for her family. She loved the role of grandmother to her seven grandchildren whose lives have been enriched by her humor, her genuine sense of egalitarianism and her ability to see the best in everyone.
In 2005, she and Derald moved to Austin to be closer to their youngest daughter, Jeri. They quickly became involved in Temple Beth Shalom. When Derald passed away in 2009, Ruby found much support in this community, attending 'News and Shmooze' at the JCC to keep up with current events and the Austin community. Even after a stroke later that year, she maintained her curiosity, adding swimming and Spanish classes to her routine, and developed a reputation for her math skills at her retirement community.
Since 2012, she has lived in the home of her daughter and son-in-law, tenderly supported by them and a loving caregiver, Ms. Lena Shaw. She is survived by her daughters- and sons-in-law, Jeri Saper (Paul), Linda Smiley (Brian) and Sue Block (Steve), seven grandchildren: Jake Saper (Dannie), Craig Saper (Gab), Richard Smiley, Hilary Smiley, Ansley Seguin (Matt), Kelly Roth (Jeff), Whitney Block (Justin) and two great-grandchildren, Sydney and Baxter Seguin.
Ruby's optimism, imagination, and unconditional love will forever be her legacy.
Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 20th in the Temple Beth Shalom Section at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery.
Ruby's family wishes to express much appreciation for the dedication and kindness of Hospice Austin. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hospice Austin or Temple Beth Shalom.
Thank you for your support during this difficult time.
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