Ruby Lee Goodman, 93, of Cat Spring Texas, passed away on Jan. 9, 2019, surrounded by her family. Ruby was born on July 28, 1925 to Erna and Edmund Eckardt at their homestead in Cat Spring. She was their only child. She attended the Cat Spring School. On July 4,, 1946, she was wed to Donnie Hill, of Cat Spring. Together, they ran a confectionary and spirits store on Newberg Road in Cat Spring, until Donnie’s passing in 1978. In 1960, when Ruby was 33-years-old, she and Donnie were blessed with their only child, Mark Hill. In 1979, Ruby’s granddaughter Jennifer was born and she retired from her part-time position at Azalea Manor to help babysit for her son and his wife, who resided next door to her. On Oct. 23, 1981 Ruby was wed to W.J. Goodman in Bellville, Texas. Though he was “not a good dancer, like Donnie Hill” they had a great life together and enjoyed “honkey tonking” and spending time with Jennifer.
Ruby enjoyed visiting with friends, talking on the phone, eating sweets, watching her “stories,” having a beer at Crossroads and playing straight dominoes. Throughout her life, she has always had an extremely big heart when it came to animals and for over a decade drove daily, to the house where she was born, to feed a large stray cat colony that resided there. For better or worse, she always spoke her mind and made no apologies about it. However, she always was quick to laugh and make others smile and won friends wherever she went.
At the time of her death she was residing in Grace Care Rehab in Katy, after breaking her hip in December. It’s no surprise that the staff there regarded her as their favorite patient.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Erna and Edmund Eckardt, her first husband, Donnie Hill and her second husband, W.J. Goodman. Ruby is survived by her son, Mark Hill and his wife Robbyn, who currently reside in Alpine, Texas. She is also survived by her granddaughter Jennifer “Pudley” Stanley and her husband JD of Katy,; her step-granddaughter Tiffany Lauzon and husband Sonny of Columbus, TX; and grandson Seth Hill “Butchy-boy” Hill and his (soon-to-be) wife, Izzie “Mona Lisa” Dykhoff of Katy.
Visitation were Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Knesek Bros Funeral Chapel in Sealy; followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m. Interment followed at St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Cat Spring, TX.
Services are under the direction of Knesek Funeral Home, 768 Fourth St., Sealy, TX 77474. www.knesekfunerakhome.com