RUBYE SPENCER FAIR –88 -
LAKELAND - Mrs. Rubye Spencer Fair, a longtime Lakeland resident, entered the arms of Jesus, Wed., March 31, 2010 in Auburndale, FL at the George Forsythe Hospice Home of heart failure. She was born August 27, 1922 in High Springs, FL and was the fourth daughter of William and Emma Forsythe. Rubye was a wonderful Christian role model for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and left a legacy that all of her family will follow.
She was a member of Medulla Baptist Church for 61 years, serving as Church Secretary, Choir Member, Sunday School Teacher and V.B.S. worker. Rubye also worked as a Brownie, Girl Scout Leader, P.T.A. President, avid gardner, seamstress, quilt maker, and had her own Doll Hospital, where she repaired dolls. She was a wonderful homemaker and loved cooking.
Rubye was preceded in death by her parents, ( 2 ) - husbands, Fred G. Spencer and Ernest Fair; sisters, Willie Mae Townsend, Annie Lee Cone and Evelyn Hancock; stepson, Clark Lambert and stepdaughter, Ann Fair.
She is survived by her daughters, Sylvia Spencer, Bartow, FL, Linda Stephens and husband Royce, Auburndale, FL, Ina Thompson and husband Dan, Lakeland, FL; stepdaughter, Jolene Murkerson and husband Floyd, Lakeland, FL; and stepsons, Robert Lambert and wife, Mary, Niceville, FL and Larry Fair, Lakeland, FL; stepdaughter in law, Leslie Griffin of Virginia; sister, Allene Morgan, Plant City, FL.; sixteen grandchildren and spouses, Mike and Lori Chancey, Rob and Laura Chancey, Cheri Chancey, Alison and Brett Keenan, Paul and Miriam Stephens, Rev. Monte and April Baker missionaries in Hungary, Rachel and Jeff Beeman, Rev. Matt and Kim Grieves, Daniel Thompson; fourteen step-grandchildren and spouses, Denny and Alicia Hickman, Lynne and William Vonn, David and Cori Hickman, Kent and Tara Hickman, Pam and Ryan Zarfoss, Rob Lambert, Jr., Clark Lambert, Jr., Greg and Giner Hutchinson; twenty-two great grandchildren Morgan and Jake Little, Jordan Chancey, Madison Chancey, Julia Chancey, Kayton Chancey, Katie Chrisitansen, Adam Grant, Emily Grant, Jack Chancey, Zack Briggs, Jacob Briggs, Ansley Keenan, Aaron Stephens, Noah Stephens, Misha Stephens, Joshua Baker, Elizabeth Baker, Olivia Baker, Stephen Baker, Caleb Grieves, Timothy Grieves; and fourteen step great grandchildren, Michael Hutchingson Brittney Hutchinson, Baby Hutchinson, Megan Vonn, Courtney Vonn, Summer Hickman, Jacob Hickman, Kent Hickman, Jr., Paul Zarfoss, Mark Zarfoss, Ben Zarfoss, Mary Zarfoss, Spencer Lambert, Jack Lambert.
Rubye is also survived by her loving feline companions, Sara Lee and Charlotte.
Visitation will be Mon., April 5, 2010 at Medulla Baptist Church, Lakeland, FL with funeral services following at 3:00 p.m. Interment will follow in Fitzgerald Cemetery, Lakeland. The family wishes to thank Spring Lake Nursing Home and George Forsythe Hospice Home for their compassionate and loving care given to the mother during her last years. Hancock Funeral Home, Fort Meade 863-285-8171 – Ledger, April 2, 2010
NOTES: Fredrick Grover Spencer - B: Aug. 1, 1910 - D: Sept. 20, 1960 he is buried in Fitzgerald Cemetery-
Rubye Lucille Forsythe and Fredrick Grover Spencer married in Polk Co., Fl. on March 13, 1944
NOTES: Rubye Forsythe Spencer married Austin Sherman Geren in Polk Co., Fl. on June 21, 1964
Austin Sherman Geren- B: Nov. 19, 1914 - D: Jan. 7, 1971, he is buried in Fitzgerald Cemetery-TN. PFC, US ARMY, WWII
NOTES: Ernest Milton Fair - B: April 16, 1913 - D: Feb. 24, 1996
Rubye Forsythe GEREN and Ernest Milton Fair were married in Polk Co., Fl. on Nov. 3, 1973
NOTES: Ernest Milton Fair also married to a Laura Jeanette Brannen in Polk Co., Fl. on Feb. 23, 1938 -
Laura Jeanette Brannen - B: Sept. 16, 1910 - D: Feb. 11, 1972 - buried in Fitzgerald Cemetery