Ruby was born on July 9, 1928, in Bourbon County, Kentucky. She was pre-deceased by her parents Frances Dunham Scott Florence and Jesse Lee Scott, husband Paul Vordon Slade, son Frank Steven “Steve” Slade, and sisters Rosalee Spivey and Norma Sue Shrout. She is survived by her granddaughter Jessica Evelyn Slade; daughter-in-law Susan Rowland Slade; brother Charles William Florence; cousin Bob Dunham; nieces Suzanne Isaacs Flairty, Diane Slade, Misty Miller, Holly Wolfe; and nephew, Mark Shrout. Ruby was blessed to have many dear and devoted friends she collected as she traveled through her long and active life, including her very special caregiver Shvonda Johnson.
Ruby was raised by her maternal grandmother Lena Raney Dunham. She graduated from Old Bourbon County High School and attended Fugazzi Business College. Ruby was a talented seamstress and, as a young woman, she was very active with sewing and leadership in the 4-H Club, where she was recognized with numerous awards for her clothing design. She was a devoted and involved mother to her beloved son Steven during his school years in Bourbon County. She served as PTA president, was active in her community as a past member and president of the American Legion Auxiliary and past member of the Eastern Star. She and Vordon lived in Paris until she moved to Lexington after Vordon’s death in 2004.
Ruby worked in the County Extension Office prior to joining the administrative staff of Bourbon Heights Nursing Home in 1967, where she worked until retirement in 1994 and served as a board member for a total span of 55 years. She was honored by Bourbon Heights in 2021 for her service to the nursing facility and her role in the planning and construction of the re-dedicated “Ruby Slade Chapel” at Bourbon Heights.
Ruby was an avid collector of antiques as well as a fixture at area estate auctions well into her 90’s, where she also collected several of her closest friends. Ruby adored dogs and they enriched her life, especially her beloved Ellie who was a steadfast companion and gave her purpose during the isolation of the COVID pandemic. She will be remembered most by those who knew her for her sense of humor, enduring determination, polished manners and appearance, and warm heart.
Visitation for Ruby Eileen Scott Slade will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at Hinton-Turner Funeral Home with funeral to follow at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Sharon Fields officiating. Interment will follow in Battle Grove Cemetery in Cynthiana with casket bearers being Don Earlywine, Mason Rhodus, Jeffery Hale, James Fryman, Dr. Michael Thornton, Steven Flairty, Herman Johnson. Honorary Pall Bearers: Dr. L.B. Branch, Barbara Bennett Branch, Nancy McCann, Margaret Mason, Wanda Tincher, Suzanne Isaacs, Diane Slade, Shvonda Johnson, Betty Jo Garrison.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lexington Humane Society (1600 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, KY 40504/ www.lexingtonhumanesociety.org) or Bluegrass Care Navigators (1733 Harrodsburg Rd Lexington, KY 40503/ www.bgcarenav.org).