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Obituary of Ruby Christine Shepherd Dockery


Ruby Christine Shepherd Dockery, 93, of Hot Springs, passed away Wednesday, January 13. Ruby was born in Finley, Arkansas. She married Marcus Jackson Dockery in 1931 and they continued to farm in the same rural area until world War II, at which time they moved to Hot Springs where Marcus was employed at the Reynolds Defense Plant. After the war, Marcus and Ruby owned and operated a grocery store on Grand Avenue in Hot Springs until retirement.

Upon retirement, the coupled resided on Lake Catherine. Along with fishing and gardening, Ruby worked at the shoe factory and was a cashier at the Mad Butcher Grocery and Meat Market in Hot Springs. Following Marcus’s death in 1985, Ruby maintained her residence on the lake. In December 2004, Ruby moved to Crown Trace Villa in Hot Springs, where she lived until her death.

A true pioneer woman, Ruby excelled in all that she attempted. Along with quilting and seamstress talents, she was an excellent Southern cook. Family and friends will not forget the many meals eaten at her table, or the pot luck dishes she took to dinners at Faith United Methodist Church in Hot Springs, where she was a member.

Ruby was preceded in death by her husband Marcus Jackson Dockery after fifty-four years of marriage; her parents, Thomas and Veda Shepherd of Arkadelphia; two brothers, A.O.Shepherd and Roland Shepherd; one sister, Francis Shepherd; and one son, Gary Dockery.

She is survived by two sons, Jerry Dockery of Pearcy and J. Lee Dockery (Barbara) of Gainesville, Florida; three brothers, T.O. Shepherd and Paul Shepherd (Charlotte) of Arkadelphia and Velton Shepherd (Mary) of Okolona; three surviving sisters-in-law, Jeanne Shepherd (Roland) of El Dorado, Peggy Shepherd (A.O.) of Arkadelphia, and Loreta Crawford of Albuquerque, N.M. Her life was enriched by seven grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday in the chapel at Gross Funeral Home, 120 Wright’s Street, Hot Springs, AR with committal service to follow at the Sweet Home Cemetery, Highway 84, Amity, AR. Reverend Bob Clark from the Magnet Cove United Methodist Church will be officiating.

Pallbearers will be T.O. Shepherd, Paul Shepherd, Velton Shepherd, Martin J. Dockery, David Dockery and Michael L. Dockery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sweet Home Church Cemetery Fund, in care of Betty Lambert, 2457 Highway 84, Amity, AR 719212 or Arkansas Hospice, 628 Malvern Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901


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