September 25, 1922 ~ February 21, 2019
Ruby Bee Redix was the second of 4 siblings born to Willie and Alma Lyons on September 25, 1922 in Minden, Louisiana. The family moved to Los Angeles at an early age, where she continued her education in Los Angeles attending Jefferson High School and receiving her high school diploma from John C. Fremont.
Ruby was very blessed in love. She met and fell in love with H.R. Hygh and from that union was born Larry Hygh in 1943. Years later her infatuation with Clarence James led to the birth of her only daughter, Deborah A. James. As a single parent, Ruby was a disciplinarian who would put “the fear in any child” that was in her presence. However, she enjoyed taking Deborah and her niece Rosalind Brown on several vacations like Yosemite, Texas, and Oklahoma. After several suitors, she married her high school sweetheart George Redix Jr. in 1970 and remained married until his death in 1999.
Ruby was a dedicated employee. She worked in retail downtown for several years at a variety store specializing in home goods. During that time, most of her family worked at the Goodyear plant, but Ruby chose a different path. She had an eye for beautiful linens, i.e., table cloths, linen sheets, etc., which she gifted to so many. She eventually acquired a job at Ball Aerospace as a mechanical engineer soldering machine parts where she worked until 72 years young. She received several achievement awards while at Ball.
Ruby was the attentive and bossy sibling! Always taking care of whoever needed it. She was faithful-if you needed her-she was there. She retired on a Friday and began driving from Diamond Bar to South Central to care for her mother and once her mother earned her wings she continued caring for her husband until his transition.
Recently, she shared that she played basketball in school. Ruby also had a passion for bowling where she belonged to a league that consisted of her siblings and George’s siblings. She was a very competitive bowler in several leagues per week and would drag Deborah up to the bowling alley where Deborah tended to her homework and then Ruby made sure she slept until the bowling games were over! Ruby and her sibling’s fellowshipped almost every weekend, where they played cards, and talked trash; they also made sure all the kids were safe in another part of the house. Sewing became a passion of hers as well and she created many household crafts as well as garments for herself and family members. She also developed an interest in flower arranging. Every Memorial Day she would arrange bud vases and travel from one cemetery to another placing flowers on loved one’s graves alone. She enjoyed attending plays, dinners, and church events with Deborah. She was loved as the “matriarch” of her church New Covenant and Word of Faith Christian Fellowship Churches.
Ruby is preceded in death by her parents Willie and Alma, her brothers R.B. (Roger) and Aubrey; her sister Rushie Lee, son Larry and her loving husband George Jr.
Ruby is survived by her faithful daughter Deborah James-Edmonds, nieces Rosalind Brown, Maxine Benson (Lee) of Arizona, Audrey Kay Walker of Houston and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family of Ruby wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Dr. Stanley Hubbard and Dr. Jarvis Gavin, Comfort Choice Hospice Staff and Nurses. They would like to offer their sincere gratitude to her devoted caregiver La Quita Davis for her unconditional love and support.
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