ALICE, Texas – Ruby King McFarland Buck, 90, passed away Sunday, September 14, 2008 after a long illness.  She was born in Mosey Creek, Trinity County, Texas, on March 19, 1918 to Susan Adeline Richardson and Elijah King.

Ruby had many interests, but her main hobbies of bridge, painting and cooking were her favorite pastimes.  She really loved bridge.  It became very important to her because she wanted to play every day, all day long.  Ruby was an accomplished duplicate bridge player and competed in regional bridge tournaments where she won numerous awards.  She had many bridge friends so she enjoyed all the years she belonged to a local bridge club. Another interest Ruby loved and excelled at was oil painting, which she began just as a causal hobby.  She attended group lessons to learn the basics of painting.  She soon discovered that not only did she love it, but she was excellent at oil painting, too.  Ruby began taking lessons from local art professionals in Corpus Christi and Rockport.  She perfected her expertise of oil painting through years of further self-study and many more years of full-time painting.  Some of her paintings were displayed at the Art Museum of Corpus Christi.  Ruby gave many more of her oil paintings to family and friends.  Ruby’s love for cooking was enjoyed by all of her family.  She had always been an excellent cook, cooking gourmet and down-home recipes that were all mouth watering. Her family especially loved eating Ruby’s gumbo and rice.   Everyone always looked forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas because they knew she would have a great meal prepared.  However, what her family really looked forward to was Ruby’s divinity and fudge.  It was the best.

Ruby was preceded in death by her daughter, Janell Williams; her parents; three brothers, Arvie King, Arvel King and Richard King; and one sister, Annie Maire.

Survivors include two sisters, Docie Gardescu and Corine Miller; a sister-in-law, Maxine King, her two sons, Dale (Carole) McFarland of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Don (Kathy) McFarland of Sinton.  Also included are grandchildren, Jeff (Julie) McFarland, Brent McFarland, Eric (LinAnn) McFarland, Gabe (Christine) McFarland, Joey (Neece), Jim Gibbons, Steven Gibbons, Scott Gibbons, Christie (Derek) Norwood.  Ruby also had 11 great-grandchildren:  Jeffrey McFarland, Annalisa McFarland, Casen McFarland, Emma McFarland, Libby McFarland, Audrey McFarland, Gavin McFarland, Megan Gibbons, Janell Gibbons, Bruce Norwood and Kaylee Norwood.

All of her family want to thank Woolridge Nursing Place for the great care that was given to Ruby while she was a resident for the past several years. The family will have viewing one hour before the service at Roberson Funeral Home, 98 W. Main Street, Alice, Texas. Viewing will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 20, 2008  at Roberson Funeral Home Chapel with graveside services at 2 p.m. in the Roselawn Cemetery, Alice, Texas.

Arrangements entrusted to Roberson Funeral Home of Alice, Texas.

–Paid Obituary