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Posted: Thursday, January 4, 2018 5:27 pm

  Congratulations to Miss Ruby Mae Williams-Grant, a resident of Homestead Manor on the celebration of her 106th birthday.  She shared the day with friends and family, cake, balloons, warm hugs and great love and respect.

   Ruby Mae Williams-Grant was born in Cairo, Georgia on January 2, 1912 to Henry and Viola Williams.  Though she would only complete 5th grade, she remains wiser then her formal education.  Ruby would marry the late Lawrence Grant and was blessed with 3 sons which she would go on to raise as a single mother.

  Ruby started work as a child in the fields of Georgia and became a domestic worker for a majority of her career in Florida. In 1972 after working 21 years at the Riviera Courts Motel in Coral Gables, Ruby was forced to retire after being struck by an automobile while walking to the Post Office.

  Being raised in a Christian environment her faith remained strong.  She has been a member in good standing at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Perrine, Florida serving in several ministries including: The Usher Board for 50 years, a member of the No. 1 Choir, participated in Women Home Mission activities, attends Sunday School, worship service and other special church programs, but that’s not all! Community activities included: Member of Perrine Community Action Agency (representing seniors), Member of seniors of Dade County, Inc., President of Perrine Senior Citizen Center, Participant in the MKL Parade – Perrine, plus arts and craft, sewing, quilting, ceramics, travel, cruises, visiting shut-ins, exercise classes,

  Ruby has walked the streets of Perrine in door-to-door campaign collecting quarters to put street lights up in the community.  She has always loved her community and demonstrated that through her continued involvement in local, county, and state meetings.  She was not just a talker, but a doer of what she believes.

  Awards and Recognitions were no stranger as Ruby participated in the Senior Citizens Olympics – receiving over 10 medals (bowling, basketball hoops, shot putt), Selected Queen for the Perrine Senior Citizen Center, honored as one of the older pioneers and for walking the streets collecting .25 per week for street lights in Perrine

  Her favorite hobbies and past times: Gardening, sewing, cooking, a lover of sports, loves watching 60 Minutes on Sunday night (a must see), ice skating, and the news channels, enjoys reading the newspaper and clipping interesting articles from magazines and sharing them. 

  Ruby Mae remained independent doing her own housekeeping, cooking, laundry, shopping, banking using her son’s(Rufus) private taxi service. On January 3, 2015, during the early morning hours after having celebrated her 104th birthday with children, grand, great and great, great grandchildren, she experienced a fall in her bedroom which led to a broken hip taking away her walking ability. When attempts to keep her safely at home failed, Ruby was moved into the Home Manor Nursing facility in Homestead.  Now at 106 she is still strong mentally and spiritually.  Ruby is content in her new home and continues to be surrounded with love, care and visits from her family, many friends, her pastor Rev. Joseph Turner along with church family.  In her own words Ruby says “I have been blessed by the grace of God now I’m just waiting for Him to come take me to my eternal home whenever He’s ready.”

  A special thanks to Cal Watson, Director of Activities of Homestead Manor, Ruby’s son Rufus and granddaughter Donna.

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