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Obituary: Ruby Evelyn Paul, Carmel

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Ruby Evelyn Paul, 91, formerly of Columbus, passed away peacefully on May 13, 2014. She was born May 4, 1923, in Pleasureville, KY, to parents Homer and Daisy Hall.

Having been raised on a large farm, she experienced such joys as taking a pony and cart to school in the mornings. Upon graduating from high school as valedictorian, Ruby enrolled in the Bryant and Stratton Business College in Louisville and thereafter accepted a secretarial job with the Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Company. A few years after her marriage in 1943 to Eugene E. Paul (U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers), Ruby and Gene moved to Columbus, Indiana, where he had a long career with Cummins Engine Co., and she thoroughly loved being a wife, homemaker and mother raising her three children.

She was very dedicated as a hospital volunteer and an active member of First Baptist Church. In later life, she spent many happy years in Leesburg, IN, while Gene presided as president of Dalton Foundries, and winter months in Sea Island, GA.

Her hobbies and talents were vast. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, piano, embroidery, golf, bridge, and fishing. Family members arriving at her home for July 4th festivities would often find her at the end of the dock, sitting on a bench with her fishing pole in the water. Ruby had a real zest for life! Travels around world with her husband of 57 years were a big part of her “old stories” to share. Reflective of her creativity, she graced the family with seasonal poems and spent one year writing a memoir booklet filled with photos and memories for each member of the family. It is cherished by all!

Ruby is survived by her children, Margaret “Peggy” Baker (John) of Zionsville, Dr. William E. Paul of Niles, MI, and Dr. Charles D. Paul (Diana) of Indianapolis; 10 grandchildren, J.R. Hogan (Amy), Paige Treptow (Mark), Eric Paul, Abigail Paul, James Paul, Chase Paul, Sierra Paul, Lori Taylor (Charlie), Kelly Williams (Matthew) and Joseph Paul; and eight great-grandchildren, Bailey, Evan and Ella Hogan, Ava and Carson Treptow, Joe and Mac Taylor, and Annie Jean Williams.

Ruby was preceded in death by her husband in 1998 and siblings Margaret Swindler and Kenneth Hall.

Her family and friends will miss her grand smile and remarkable ability to enjoy every day of her life!

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Columbus or Riley Children’s Hospital of Indianapolis, in care of Hathaway-Myers Chapel, 1022 Pearl Street, Columbus, IN, 47201.

In keeping with Ruby’s wishes, a private family service will be held in Columbus on Sat., May 17, 2014. The family would like to thank The Stratford in Carmel for the loving care of Ruby.

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