Ruby Jewel Hayes, age 77, passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Saint Joseph Hospital, Elgin, IL with her loving family at her side. Ruby was the oldest of seven children born on December 1, 1936 to the union of Jewell Joseph and Cleo Estel (Herring) Armstead in Hallettsville, Texas.
Ruby married the love of her life, Cleo Hayes on September 10, 1955. To this union five children were born. Ruby was employed by Saint Joseph Hospital for a number of years prior to her retirement. She loved life, the people in it and was full of laughter. She was known for her sharp wit, directness, sense of humor and her unbiased love for people regardless of creed or color. She had an innate ability for leaving an impression on others. Ruby enjoyed sharing humorous stories from her childhood with others and grandchildren. Ruby rededicated her life to Christ in March of 1990. She joined New Hope Baptist Church, Elgin and served faithfully as an influential member of the Mother’s Board.
Ruby is survived by her loving children, Larry Armstead, Bobby Hayes, Kathy Douglas and Ruby (Rev Barry) Jones. Preceded in Death by her husband Cleo Hayes and her son Craig E Hayes. Sisters Catherine Armstead (Riggins), Cecielia Armstead, And brother Robert Armstead.
Visitaion will be Friday February 28th from 9:00 to 11:00 am, with Reverend Barry Jones officiating services at 11:00 at Second Baptist Church, 1280 Summit St. Elgin, IL. Phone 847-695-7757. Internment will follow at Bluff City Cemetery in Elgin IL. Services entrusted to Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park St. Elgin IL 60120 Phone 847-741-1128.