Ruby Mae DeLay, 71, departed this earthly life on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester, Mass. Born in Dalzell on February 1, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Abb Moses and Maebell DeLay.
A devote Baptist, Ruby received some of her education through the South Carolina School Systems. Later, realizing educational importance, she took classes to further her education at Bunker Hill College. She always worked very arduous from the time as a child; picking cotton, working in the medical field for Intercommunity Home Health services, Inc., where she was commended on giving exceptional work, and until her retirement from Polaroid in the early 90’s. She was a very family oriented, religious person, who always was a nurturer, listener, loved life and to laugh. She always put her children first and took care of her home even if it meant holding several jobs at once. She loved nothing more than her family, friends and her community. Ruby took care of everyone she surrounded herself with, a very compassionate soul. These aspirations and motivations to improve herself; compelled her to Florida, Maryland then to New York, where she met the love of her life, the late John V. Richmond, before settling down in Massachusetts to make a life for her family and then decided to settled in Boston, Massachusetts to raise her family and to give them better opportunities in life. After her retirement, she decided to spend time with her grandchildren and travel. With her long time illnesses and failing health, brought her back from her brief stay in Atlanta to ultimately stay in Worcester.
Ruby had ten children; five daughters and five sons. Two of her sons proceeded her in death, Robert E. and Charles L. DeLay
She leaves to mourn: eight children, Patricia A. DeLay of Webster, MA, Larry K. DeLay of Roslindale, MA, Sandra D. DeLay of Baltimore, MD, Bruce E. DeLay of Atlanta, GA, Sharon M. DeLay of Brookline, MA, Melissa T. DeLay of Boston, MA, James T. DeLay and Tahasa N. DeLay of Worcester, MA; thirteen grandchildren, Elizabeth Lawson, Larry Hart, Ashantris DeLay-Blake, Laura Mitchell, Anasa DeLay-Rudolph, Lisa Mitchell, Sycue Oliver, Aarone DeLay-Sharpe, Jordan Jackson, Samora DeLay-Gooding, Janaes DeLay, Saveon DeLay-Gooding, and Jasiah DeLay; fourteen great grandchildren; five sisters, Pearline DeLay of Sumter, Aline D. Smith of Baltimore, MD, Janie D. Lesane of Sumter, Sarah E. DeLay of Adelphi, MD, and Elouise Capers of Windsor, N. Y.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relative and friends.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p. m, Thursday, January 26, 2012 from the Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, 155 Wall Street, Sumter, with the Rev. Larry C. Weston, pastor, eulogist.
The family will receive friends at 1010 Plowden Mill Road, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 1:00 p. m.
The funeral procession will leave from the home at 1:30 p. m.
Floral bearers and Pall bearers will be friends of the family.
Burial will be in the Joshua Baptist Church Yard Cemetery, Dalzell.