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Memorial Oaks Funeral Home & Cemetery

13001 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Ruby Ann McKissack

July 31, 1923June 24, 2020

Ruby “Ann” McKissack passed away on June 24, 2020. She was living in Sulphur Springs, Texas in assisted living close to her daughter. She was born July 31, 1923 in Beckville, Texas to Judge W.S. Crawford and Bennie Daniels Crawford. She graduated from Sam Houston State Teachers College in 1944 and started her life as a teacher, a profession she has loved since she was a child. She soon met the love of her life, Gordon “Ross” McKissack and they were married on October 28, 1946 and remained married until his passing on April 5, 1991. They had two children; Cynthia Ann and Gordon Scott. Ann, as she was affectionately known, was hired in 1956 with the Spring Branch school system and taught 4th and 5th grade at Hunters Creek until 1983 when she retired.

She loved her family.

Her greatest love was teaching. She loved her students and the love was reciprocated. After retirement, she traveled to Europe, Holland, and Italy, took several cruises, and loved being with her friends.

Ann is preceded in death by her parents, her brother, and her husband.

Left to cherish Ann's memory, are her children; Cynthia McKissack Weaver of Sulphur Springs, Texas and Gordon Scott, wife Georgia of Johnson City, Texas; grandchildren, Allison McKissack of Austin, Texas, Gordon Scott, Jr., wife Haley of Austin , Texas; great grandchildren, Madison Rasp and Ryal and Charlee McKissack.

As a member of Chapelwood Methodist Church since 1956, Ann enjoyed her Sunday school “Bright Siders” and had many lifelong friends from teaching and Sunday school. She was loved by many and will be missed by her family.

Visitation will commence at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, June 29, 2020 from 3-5PM. The funeral services and interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to Chapelwood Methodist Church, 11140 Greenbay Street, Houston, Texas 77024 and Hunters Creek Elementary, 10650 Beinhorn Road, Houston, Texas 77024.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, June 29, 2020

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Elaine Roch Young

July 3, 2020

I have such fond memories of 4th grade in 1975 / 1976 at Hunter's Creek Elementary with Mrs. McKissack. Of all the teachers in my life, Mrs. McKissack is my absolute favorite! I will never forget beginning each day saying the Pledge of Allegiance and then singing I'll Teach The World to Sing. What a perfect teacher to guide our young minds and celebrate the Bicentennial! Mrs. McKissack made a profound impact on my life and I am forever grateful.

Jody Henderson

July 3, 2020

Ann was a beloved teacher who taught my 2 children, Lewis and Dare, in the 1970’s. They both loved their “Ms McKissack ”. ” and had a wonderful year of learning. I was home room mother and thoroughly enjoyed the year of working with Ann. We have kept up through the years. She was a wonderful teacher and friend. The world is a better place because of her dedication. Sorry I couldn’t attend thee visitation. Please accept my deepest sorrow at your loss. JODY Henderson

David Funderburk

July 2, 2020

Ms. McKissack spirited way of teaching still resonates decades later. Kids knew even as 4th graders they were indeed fortunate to be in her class.

Some 40 years after our family’s time at Hunters Creek, I had the opportunity to interview Ms. McKissack for my brother’s surprise birthday party and without missing a beat she recalled events from those days long gone by with such clarity that her mind truly amazed me.

I’m sure she is leading the chorus of “I’d Love to Teach the World to Sing” in the heavens!

larry muse

June 29, 2020

I really didn't know Ann, just would talk to her where we would kid each other while she lived in the care home on Mayfield Road! What I knew of her, I liked! I'm very sad that she has left her family and us on Mayfield. I always looked forward to seeing her when I walked by the care givers location. A few weeks ago, I missed her and inquired as to her welfare. They told me she moved to a care giver closer to her daughter! I was excited for her, as I could tell she loved her family! I will miss her and will keep her in my heart! To the family, I'm very sorry for your loss! May she rest in ever-loving peace!

Carol Greer Dodds

June 28, 2020

My initial response in hearing of Mrs.McKissack’s passing was, “she was my all-time favorite teacher!”. She had that rare blend of truth+grace as she built in to the lives of her students. My siblings and I have agreed she encouraged us deeply at such a young and formative age. Grateful for her impactful life!

Michael and Suzette PUIG

June 28, 2020

We have many fond memories over several decades of our neighbor and friend, Mrs McKissack. We will miss her and her many funny McKissackisms. She was still wisecracking them in her mid 90s! Rest in Peace dear Mrs McKissack. You were one of a kind.

Bruce & Helen Beeler

June 28, 2020

I met Ann at Hunters Creek Elementary. It was my 1st year of teaching and on the day my mother died, Ann showed up at my classroom, took my lesson plans and said, "I've been teaching for years and I can do this for you." Ann and Ross attended many of our staff holiday celebrations and were the life of the party.
When Bruce built houses on Cawdor Way, Ann marched down to a curmudgeonly neighbor and told him to stop giving Bruce a hard time. One day when some handsome EMTs were wheeling Ann out on a gurney she sat up and said, "Bruce tell everyone I'm going out in style."
Ann was always fun, funny, feisty and honest with a heart of gold. When she moved to Sulphur Springs she told me, "I love it here! Cindy and I do things together. I love her dogs and they love me! " Ann was always talking about her family and how much she loved them and what a good job they did taking care of her. She was proud of Cindy, Scott, Georgia and her grandchildren. She knew she was loved.

Evelyn Parrish

June 28, 2020

My husband, Gene Parrish, loved his visits with Ms. McKissick. He was her electrician and friend for many years. They had many visits and told stories and jokes. He would come home telling me of a story they shared. We were just mentioning her yesterday and wondered how she was feeling, not knowing that she had gone to her Heavenly Home. I never met her but talked to her when she would call for Gene. She will be missed by many and was definitely a true lady. Prayers for her family and many friends.

J Greer

June 28, 2020

Mrs. McKissack, as we called her in 4th grade, was everyone's favorite elementary school teacher! She obviously really enjoyed teaching. During her long career, her enthusiasm made school enjoyable and memorable for her many students.
When she was well into her 70s, years after her retirement, we often saw her riding her bicycle. She always made time to stop and have a friendly chat, and she easily recalled names and specific stories from a quarter-century earlier.
I never heard a negative word about her. As such a positive force, she's someone her students have continued to talk about decades after she taught us.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY