Ms Ruby Green, 84 of McKinney, was called home to heaven on Friday, February 28, 2014 at Park Manor - McKinney Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following a long battle with cancer. Known to many as "Queen of Lively Hill," Ruby had a sweet spirit that transcended racial and economic diversity. As a child, she picked cottonalongside many of McKinney's youth who went on to become honored for their role in the fight for quality. But Ruby's life-goals were simpler - she lived a color-blind existence. Ruby was raised and lived much of her adult life in a shack that had no running water or electricity and a dirt floor on McKinney' s far-east side. In 2000, a chance meeting with a founding member of North Collin County Habitat for Humanity led to the shack being demolished and replaced with a mobile home provided by a group of philanthropic residents throughout Collin County. She was the subject of countless newspaper articles and television stories that recalled her life's story - including a heartfelt video recollection of McKinney's most important citizens that was created to reflect on the city's past.
She was preceded in death by her father, unknown, mother Mama Hodge; husband, Frederick Green, and partner Willie Charles (W.C.) Ratway. Ruby is survived by many close friends and neighbors on Lively Hill; staff, homeowners, volunteers, donors and Board of Directors of North Collin County Habitat for Humanity; God-daughter Betty Johnson, and God-niece Rhonda Ratway.
Ms Green will lie in repose on Monday at Turrentine Jackson for those that would like to pay their respects. A memorial service, with reception following, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5871 Virginia Parkway, McKinney, Texas. Interment will follow at Ross Cemetery.
Gifts in lieu of flowers may be sent to North Collin County Habitat for Humanity, 2060 Couch Dr., McKinney, Texas 75069.