Ruby Ella Hurt, cherished mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed from this life Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, with her daughter, Dara, and grandson Kyle at her side.

Ruby was born April 5, 1930, in Paris Tenn., and grew up on the farm that her grandfather built by hand.

Growing up during the Depression, she spent many hours on the farm picking cotton and helping with food production, as well as singing "at the top of my voice" through the woods and swinging on vines over a pond.

She worked as a Candy Striper (hospital aide) in her youth and had dreams of becoming a pediatrician. Compassion and understanding were as natural to her as breathing, especially where children and animals were concerned.

Ruby married Claris (Chris) Hurt in 1945, and together they had five children, though the first two died in infancy. They were married for 54 years, until Chris' death in 1999.

Ruby's vocation was motherhood, and in that she excelled.

She created a home that was love-filled, peaceful and secure, where her children were complete strangers to upheaval, stress and discord.

Her unconditional love extended to all who knew her, and many people of all ages sought her out for her wisdom and support.

Ruby loved to read and walk in the woods. Macular degeneration took her ability to read and old age took her ability to walk distances, and the grace with which she met those heartbreaking developments was incredibly heroic.

Ruby was taken care of by numerous caregivers in the last months of her life, and nearly all of them fell in love with her.

She put others before herself and, even though she didn't have any grand, history-book-worthy accomplishments during her life, her presence and love, the beautiful gift of herself, will burn brightly in the hearts of those she touched.

Ruby was predeceased by her husband, Chris, and all of her brothers and sisters.

She leaves behind her daughter, Dara Hurt, of Rockland; sons Dennis of Colorado and Colin of California; grandson Kyle Scribner, his wife, Kendra, and great-grandson Desmond, of Rockland; granddaughter Jessica and grandsons Stephen and Jason, all of Colorado; and great-grandchildren Danielle, Nathan and Hannah Cordova, also of Colorado; along with her friend and "adopted" daughter, Jenny Swing, of Rockland, and numerous friends and relatives across the country.

She was a rare and special human being, and she will be sorely missed.

A remembrance will take place in early April, and we humbly request anyone who reads this to please plant a living tree, shrub or plant in honor of our planet.