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
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
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
Obituary of Ruby Dockery