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Ruby Watkins Parker Craig, 97, of Corbin, Ky., passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, at her home.
She was born on October 9, 1918 in Fariston, Ky., to the late Jake and Samantha Edwards Watkins.
Ruby was a retired teacher from Laurel County Schools, a member of First Baptist Church in Corbin, and an avid gardener.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Ray Parker and William Fayette Craig; daughter, Jean Parker Younce; son-in-law, Lee Younce; great-grandson, Seth Madden; siblings, Earl Watkins, Mark Watkins, Albert Watkins, Anna Lee Parker, Lena Asher Jones and Edna Evans Fetter.
Ruby is survived by her daughter, Joyce Parker; granddaughter, Anne Younce Madden (Joe); grandson, Ed Younce (James); great-granddaughter, Leah Madden and great-grandson, Nathan Madden; brothers, Jakie Ray Watkins (Joan), and Billy Russell Watkins (Barb).
The family would like to give special thanks to her caregivers, Christine Singleton, Renee Jones, Missy Trosper, Joyce Brown and Yolanda Baker.
Visitation was from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Vankirk-Grisell Funeral Home, Corbin, and on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of her funeral at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church Corbin, with the Rev. Austin Carty and the Rev. Paul Sims officiating.
Burial followed in Cumberland Memorial Gardens, in Lily.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter, 66 Busy Lane, Corbin, Ky., 40701 or to First Baptist Church, 401 N. Laurel Avenue, Corbin.
Published on August 30, 2016
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