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Rubye Merle Lynch

Obituary for Rubye Merle Lynch

February 9, 1931 - August 16, 2017
The Hills, Texas | Age 86


Rubye Merle Lynch, 86, passed away peacefully, with family by her side on August 16th, 2017. During her later years and throughout her lengthy illness, she was lovingly cared for by family.

Merle was born on February 9th, 1931 in Monticello, Mississippi. She was one of six children, born to Columbus Alton Hillman and Ella Lamar Maxwell. Hardworking and devoted to her family, she grew up in the farmhouse her grandfather built with his own hands, often laboring in the fields before and after school. At a young age, she understood the importance of hard work. Her formative years on the farm became the foundation of her strength and resilience, which she demonstrated throughout her life to all who knew her.

Upon graduating high school, she seized the opportunity to move to New York, where she worked as a dance instructor with Arthur Murray himself. It was on a blind date with her sister, where she met the love of her life, Bernard. His charm won her over, and she married her sweetheart at the age of 19. They eventually moved to Houston, Texas where they resided for most of their married lives, and together raised seven children, always open to life- seeing it as the will of God for them. Since 2004, they resided in Austin, Texas with their son, Bradley, in order to be closer to their grandchildren.

She was a giver in every sense of the word--to her husband, children and neighbors. She was the heart of the home, and throughout the years, visitors were always welcomed with warm hospitality, where numerous meals were shared at her table. She was best known for the love and devotion she had for her family, her motherly wisdom and guidance, and inner strength (as well as physical strength- she lifted many a piece of furniture alone!). She was pragmatic and traditional in her approach to family, and made countless personal sacrifices to ensure that her children were afforded the experiences and opportunities necessary to pursue their dreams, which meant she quietly went without. She never let the dimming of her own dreams lead her to shirk her duty to her family or make irresponsible decisions. She thought of herself last, and it was obvious that her deepest and most complete joy was in proportion to that of her family.

Her character was one of determination, and common sense – great at fixing things, always finding a solution, enduring trials, and embracing challenges. Even when her children were young, she could be found selling World Book encyclopedias door to door, working as a real estate broker, and most notably, returning to school after having her 7th child, to complete a degree in nursing. She was smart as a whip, and gifted with many, and often hidden talents. She was a great dancer, loved her daily crossword puzzle, and could sew and create things out of very little. One of her greatest attributes was being a master of "making do". She could be remembered making dresses for her girls out of a simple batch of material.

Merle was devoted to her Catholic faith, and prayed her Rosary every day. Her beautiful life of charity, wisdom, strength, and self-giving were the foundation on which the rest of her family grew. She gave until it hurt, and even then, exhibited a high tolerance for pain and suffering – even in the last days. Never one to seek praise and acknowledgement for the good she did, the impact she had on others may often have gone unnoticed, as she would have preferred. She was deeply loved and will be sorely missed by all.

Merle is survived by her seven children; Bradley Lynch, Gail Rosenblad, Justin Lynch and wife Paige Lynch, Loreen Lynch, Joan van Kessel and husband Peter Van Kessel, Patricia Lynch and Christopher Lynch and wife Barbara Lynch; seven grandchildren, Rachael Gaines, Sharon Wilson, Garrett Lynch, Gretchen Lynch, Patrick van Kessel, Alexandra van Kessel, and Madison Lynch; and by four great-grandchildren, Brady Wilson, Lauren Wilson, Connor Gaines and Emily Gaines.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, August 28, 2017 at Weed-Corley-Fish Lake Travis, 411 RR 620 South in Lakeway, TX.

A Rosary will be held at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at Emmaus Catholic Church, 1718 Lohmans Crossing Road, Lakeway. Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery in Georgetown, TX.

Eternal Rest grant unto her O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon her, may she rest in peace. Amen.

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