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Ruby Maye Crawford James

Ruby Maye Crawford James, 100, passed away on February 23, 2018 in Houston, Missouri, at Houston House. She was the daughter of Roy and Lola Crawford, and was born in the home of her maternal grandparents, Edgar and Emma Tobias Rickard, in the Dykes community of Texas County, Missouri, on March 11, 1917.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Maurice Bert James; sons Maurice E. “Maury” James and Micheal “Mike” B. James; son-in-law William “Bill” Stringer; sisters Fern Crawford Coats and Lavina Crawford Ragland; and brother Elam Crawford.

She is survived by her daughter, Lola James Stringer of Columbia, Missouri; son Terry James (Janice) of Conway, Arkansas; daughters-in-law Linda James and Jackie James, both of Houston; nine grandchildren, Miles James of Houston, Lu James Gunter (Robbie) of Success, Missouri, John Stringer (Stacy) of Columbia, Leah Stringer Maloney (Scott) of Rocheport, Missouri, Kimberly James Plumley (Matt) of Conway, Arkansas, Wesley James (Jamie) of Collierville, Tennessee, Becky James Holland (Trey) of Orlando, Florida, Matthew James of Columbia, and Jennifer James Maddox (Josh) of Clara, Missouri. In addition, she is survived by 12 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren plus several nieces and nephews.

Ruby was raised on her parents’ farm in the Union area, completed elementary school at Union School, and graduated from Houston High School. She was chosen as the Pineymo Queen in 1937.

She married Maurice B. James on December 26, 1938. She lived most of her life in Texas County. For many years, she and Maurice farmed in the Union and Bendavis areas. Ruby also worked outside the home. She was employed by the shoe factories in Cabool and Mtn. Grove for a few years before working for both Bank of Houston and Progressive Federal prior to her retirement in 1982. She moved to her home in Houston in 1991 and lived alone until she moved to Houston House in 2016.

She was a longtime member of Houston United Methodist Church and Union Baptist Church. She was active in the Houston Schools Alumni affairs for many years. In recent years, her primary interests were focused on her immediate and extended family.

The family respectfully suggests that donations be made in her memory to Houston Alumni Association or Houston United Methodist Church, in lieu of flowers.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Evans Funeral Home, Houston, with services beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel with Rev. Terry Lippstreu officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Miles James, John Stringer, Wesley James, Matthew James, Robbie Gunter, Scott Maloney, Josh Maddox, and Ken Coats. Honorary pallbearers are Bob Coats, Trey Holland and Matt Plumley.

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