Ruby Edna Power, 97, died peacefully in her sleep Thursday February 4, 2021 at Carillon House in Lubbock, TX.
She was born May 30, 1923, in Slaton, TX, to Carl Oliver Stewart and Alice Mae Fisk. She attended elementary and high school in Slaton. Upon graduation, her family moved to Lubbock so that Ruby could attend Texas Tech University. She graduated from Tech in 1944 with a B.S. degree in textile management from the Whitacre College of Engineering. She earned a M.S. degree in mathematics in 1957 and was a math instructor at Tech for many years, retiring in the early 1970s.
Throughout her life, Ruby loved to travel. In 1948 she rode a mule to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Ruby married Billy Keith Power, June 29, 1953. Bill and Ruby along with their two sons, James, and John, spent summers traveling throughout the United States and Canada. They visited many national parks, and all but a few states. In earlier years, they had an Airstream trailer, and traveled with the Wally Byam Caravan Club International. For several summers in the early 1970s, they built a cabin in Zeballos, a village located on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. After retirement, she and Bill continued traveling, taking many Elderhostel (Road Scholar) educational trips where they made many friends.
Ruby and her husband were members of the First Christian Church of Lubbock. She was a member of the Christian Women’s Fellowship and enjoyed preparing and hosting holiday dinners for the group. She also was a talented china painter and made many beautiful pieces using a kiln located in the basement of the church.
She is survived by her son James (Kris Swanson), Flagstaff, AZ; and her sister Oleta (Coke) Toliver, Brownfield, TX.
Mrs. Power was predeceased by her husband of 57 years; her son, John; and her parents.
Interment is planned at Resthaven Cemetery at 10:00 am Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Services are under the direction of Abell Funeral Home & Flower Shop of Abernathy, TX..