WOODLANDS Residential Home in Lovedean has lost its eldest resident.
Ruby Bullock, 105, had lived with them for two years and will be greatly missed, both there and in the community.
Ruby had a full and varied life.
She was born in Barnes, had three husbands (not all at once!), ran a pub, a golf club, a guest house and then a sweet shop.
She had a son with her second husband and raised him through difficult times.
She retired to live with her son and daughter in law, Jane and Tony Rice-Oxley, in Denmead, some 40 years ago.
She then helped in the local school where she taught small children to sew. Many a young lad was fixed with a steely glare when asking ‘do I really need to learn to do stitching?’.
She was a member of St George’s Church in Waterlooville.
Here she ran the rambling club, always leading the walks from yards in front of everyone, waiting for the back markers and then striding out to the front again.
Ruby also helped with the church gardens, kitchen work and delivering the church magazines.
One of her sayings was ‘I must go and look after my old dears’ as she went to visit those people who were at least thirty years younger than she was.
At 85, she walked eighty five miles of the South Downs Way and was featured in The News.
Many members of the community will remember her cheery wave as she walked round the countryside and seeing her working in the front garden.
Ruby’s funeral will take place on February 5 at St George’s Church, Waterlooville, and Portchester crematorium.