Ruby Denise Valentine, 59, Woodstock, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born July 17, 1956, to Frank L. and Annie L. (Hunter) Melvin in Orange, N.J.
She worked in the payroll planning department at Sears Holdings. She also owned and operated Ruby Red Embroidery. She loved to sew and make quilts. She was a member of the Friendship Bee Quilting Guild. She enjoyed reading and listening to recorded books. She worked hard to raise her two children. She was a fantastic singer and Chicago stepping dancer. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her loving family, especially her grandchildren, and she was an inspiration to those who knew her.
Survivors include her mother; a son, Anthony Jerome “AJ” (Lisa) Valentine Jr.; a daughter, Andrea (Marquis) Landon; three grandchildren, Colleen Valentine, January Valentine and Valerie Landon; two brothers, Lenward Barber and Tony Melvin; two nieces, Nneka Edwards and Charmaine Chisholm; five nephews, Terrance Pounds, Lenward Barber Jr., Brian Barber, Frank Peacock III and Seythe McCoy; three great-nieces, Tayla Chisholm, Arianna Edwards and Olivia Haynes; three great-nephews, Nolan Haynes, Jayden Barber and Jordan Baber; five aunts and uncles, Gloria Hunter-Brown, Dr. Sam Hunter, Alonzo (Joann) Hunter, Joenathan (Joyce) Hunter and Hannah Hunter-Butler; a close friend, Jacquez Chillis; and many cousins, extended family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Frank L. Melvin; a grandson, Anthony Jerome Valentine III; a brother, Frank Melvin Jr; and a sister, Cerestine Melvin-Chisholm.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at New Life Christian Center, 5115 Dean St., Woodstock. All other services will be private.
Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements were made by Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock.