Ruby (Mayo) Irwin

Thursday, June 21, 2018
Ruby Irwin

Ruby (Mayo) Irwin was born December 27, 1921, in Pollard, Ark., to John A. Mayo and Sidney (Edwards) Mayo. She passed away June 11, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn., at the age of 96.

She married George W. Irwin, Jr., on Feb. 14, 1924, and they were married for 53 years prior to his death in April 1995. They moved to Forrest City, Ark., in 1950 when he was transferred with the Arkansas State Police. He later joined the St. Francis County Sheriff's Department, serving as chief deputy and jailer. They moved into the jail with their two sons, where Ruby prepared meals for the inmates. Later, she went to work for the Department of Agriculture ASCS office where she worked closely with area farmers. After retirement she opened Ruby's Flowers and Gifts, later selling the store and retiring again.

They were longtime members, and Sunday School teachers, at the First Baptist Church of Forrest City. Ruby was also active in the Order of Eastern Star and a founding member of the Young Married Women's Home Demonstration Club. She was an accomplished quilter, and taught quilting, while raising money for charitable organizations by selling the finished items through her church group.

She is survived by two sons, James Irwin (Betty) of Bakersfield, Calif. and Mike Irwin (Patsy) of Memphis, Tenn.; two grandchildren, John Irwin of Memphis and Laura Dillion (Mike) of Ft. Collins, Colo.; two great-grandchildren, Sadie and Cashlin Dillion of Ft. Collins.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 14, at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel, Forrest City. A graveside service was conducted Thursday afternoon at New Hope Cemetery, Pollard, Ark.

Visitation was held prior to the services at the funeral home.

Stevens Funeral Home, of Forrest City, was in charge of the arrangements.