Ruby Mae Cassell Bearden, an angel of hope and perseverance for many people, crossed from this life to Heaven on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012.

Holding God’s hand, she danced her way among those waiting to welcome her.  As was her custom, there is no doubt she hugged them all. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom Hardy Cassell and Lenora Pickett Cassell; the “one and only” love of her life Walter Bearden; her son, John Larry Bearden; grandsons, David Bearden and Michael Payne; and infant great-granddaughter, Sara Bearden. Ruby was also preceded in death by her two brothers; and three sisters that lived in Indiana.

Ruby is survived by two sons, Lawrence (Ann) Bearden of Smackover and Frank (Norita) Bearden of Camden; and a daughter, Linda (Dick) Mosley of Camden; eight grandchildren, Trina (Charlie) King, Lana (Mike) Fisher, Clark (Mariessa) Bearden, Jeffery Bearden, Beverly (Pat) Foster, Monda (Bobby) Clayborn, Richard (Karyl) Bearden and Laura (Kevin) Tuberville; as well as 19 great-grandchildren, John, Sara and Alex Reeder, Mark Bearden, Braden and Patton Foster, Emory and Connor Clayborn, Ashley, Jordan and James Bearden, Walt (Ashley) Payne, Alaina and Ashlyn Tuberville, Krista and Emily Fisher, John Michael, Larry and Braylen Bearden.  Ruby is also survived by one brother, L. J. Cassell; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Ruby was born Oct. 18, 1918 at Tate’s Bluff to Hardy Cassell and Lenora Pickett Cassell.  Her older sister, Nellie Cassell Smith, preceded her in death.  Because Ruby’s mother died in childbirth with a younger sibling, she spent many years in the homes of other family members.  Ruby persevered through tough times and she had a special place in her heart for those who shared life with her.  As a result, a warm welcome was offered to all who made it to her door.  The porch light was always on!  When it was time to leave, she would wave goodbye until she could no longer see you on the road. 

Ruby loved to travel. Her family and friends would call and say “you want to go with me today?”  She wouldn’t ask where, just say “let me get my purse.”  Life was an adventure to Ruby and she enjoyed every moment of it.  With boxes of photos and souvenirs from around the country and overseas, Ruby relived each trip with story after story.  Her excitement and wonder of the world made others wish they had traveled with her. 

Ruby worshipped and served God as a member of Timothy United Methodist Church. She supported the ministry of the Church and was always willing to serve to the best of her ability in the name of Christ.  One of her favorite events sponsored by the United Methodist Women Society was the Annual Christmas Market. She was “chief” in making sure the chili was just right.

Ruby and Walter owned Bearden Butane Company for over 25 years until Walter’s health declined and they retired. They spent many years back on the family farm raising cattle and traveling. She continued to serve friends and family with good, home cooked meals and even engaged in many good games of dominoes or cards. Most of the time, she won!

Ruby lived her entire life with a grateful heart. She considered all things as gifts from God and shared all she could with others. Keeping God first and foremost, her family and friends were abundantly blessed through her gifts of kindness, hope, service and hospitality. Her loving spirit will live on in the hearts of all who knew her.

A celebration of Ruby’s life will be held at Proctor Funeral Home on 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Proctor Funeral Home.  Memorials can be made to Timothy United Methodist Church, 1800 California Avenue or Ouachita County Medical Center Hospice, 685 California Avenue, Camden, AR 71701. 

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Published: 10/07/2012