OBITUARY

Ruby Rosenia Anderson

February 29, 1920March 12, 2020
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Ruby Rosenia Anderson was born to the late Cyril Holgate and Lorema Bernard on February 29, 1920 in Hectors River, Portland, Jamaica WI. She was the eldest of six in her mixed family including brothers, Everald (Uncle Son-deceased), Keith (deceased), Carlton and sisters Elaine and Cynthia. Ruby spent her formative years in Portland completing her secondary education at Tichfield Highschool. As a young woman, Ruby relocated to Kingston where she began her career in culinary services as a manager of a local factory cafeteria. Ruby’s tenacious and assertive personality soon led her to become head chef. In 1948, she met the love of her life Edgar Anderson. Their courtship lasted for two years and ultimately culminated in marriage on December 27, 1950. At that time, Ruby lovingly filled the role of step-mother to Yvonne (deceased) before producing her own offspring, Peaches (deceased), Lenworth (Charlie) And Shirleen (Charm). Ruby was the definition of a renaissance woman; she was a devoted military wife to Edgar, teacher to her young children, faithful parishioner at St. George Anglican Church and confidante to many. She was the cornerstone of her family and at any time her home could be filled with relatives from near and far. Ruby’s primary mission in life was to provide a sustainable life for her family. With this goal in mind, she made the difficult decision to migrate independently to the United States (New York) in 1966. Upon arrival, she became a caretaker to young children of the Lott family. Under her insight she was able to move her entire family to the US in the 1970’s. Many of her finest years were spent in Brooklyn, where she assisted with local churches and helped to rear her grandchildren. Even without a license, Ruby was able to navigate Brooklyn better than any MTA employee! Eventually the harsh winters got to Ruby and her beloved Edgar and they were able to move to Palm Bay, Florida in 2003 with the completion of their dream home. Immediately upon arrival, Ruby and Edgar became member of Greater Palm Bay Church of God. Ruby remained a loyal wife to Edgar until his death in 2009 after 59 years of marriage. Over that last twelve years Ruby continued to pour into various charities, strengthen life-long friendships, and continued practicing her faith. Ruby faithfully kept her promise to celebrate her 100th birthday, and was surrounded by family and friends as she was honored by the City of Palm Bay on 2/29/2020. Ruby lived a fulfilled life and went to join her Lord on March 12, 2020. She is survived by her children Lenworth Anderson and Shirleen Bell, their spouses Mignonette and Warren, siblings Carlton, Elaine, and Cynthia, grandchildren Kenyatta, Michele, Lachonne, Valeen, Patrine, Hakeem, Brandy, Camille, Essene, Everol, Francine, and Nicole, host of great grandchildren, sister in Law Bernice, nieces, nephews, family, loved ones, church family, and friends.

  • FAMILY

  • Cyril Holgate, Beloved Father (deceased)
  • Lorema Bernard, Beloved Mother (deceased)
  • Edgar Anderson, Beloved Husband
  • Shirleen Bell (Charm), Daughter
  • Everol Bell, Son-in-law
  • Lenworth Anderson, Son
  • Mignonette Anderson, Daughter-in-law
  • Lenworth Anderson (Mignonette), Brother
  • Essene Bell, Granddaughter
  • Sherine Bell, Granddaughter
  • Kevin, Grandson (deceased)
  • Everol Bell Jr., Grandson
  • Lachonne, Michelle, Kennyatta Anderson, Varleen Bell, Patrine Bell, Hakeem Bell & Nicole, Grandchildren
  • Jaivon Chisholm, Jahmani Chisholm, Jelani Chisholm, Grandchildren
  • Justin Lester, Saeed Pettus, Sadiq Pettus, Kamdem Bell, Monique & Cheyann, Great Grandchildren
  • Jarren Atwell & Queen Jailene Smith, Samantha & Sarai, Great-Great Grandchildren
  • Everald, Keith & Carlton, Brothers
  • Elaine & Cynthia, Sisters
  • Yvonne, Step-Daughter (deceased)
  • Peaches, Daughter (deceased)

Services

  • Private Family Visitation Friday, March 27, 2020
  • Private Family Visitation Saturday, March 28, 2020
  • Private Service Saturday, March 28, 2020

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