Ruby Lavonne (Doerfler) Herber

June 18, 1950January 21, 2011

Ruby Lavonne Doerfler Herber, 60, of Hutto, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 after a long, courageous battle with breast cancer. She was born in Paris, TX and adopted by Bernie and Minnie Doerfler. She graduated from Pflugerville High School in 1968 and attended Temple College. She worked for the Teacher Retirement System before retiring to be a caregiver for her dad in his final years. She went on to work for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality until Oct. 2010. Ruby is survived by her daughters, Jennifer and Jill Herber; son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Carla Herber; and grandson Zachary Herber; as well as several other family members. The family would like to thank Texas Oncology, Scott & White Hospital-Round Rock and MD Anderson. They would also like to thank the many friends whose unending support has been overwhelming. Ruby’s Faith in God never waivered and she was known for her optimistic outlook and her “Ruby Moments.”

Family and friends are invited to a visitation from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 23, 2011 at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville. Funeral services celebrating Ruby’s life will be at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 24, 2011 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 500 Immanuel Road in Pflugerville. Interment will follow at Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery. Flowers can be delivered to Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home at 14501 North IH-35 in Pflugerville. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society at To share your memories of Ruby with her family, please visit


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Sunday, January 23, 2011
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 24, 2011

Ruby Lavonne (Doerfler) Herber

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February 12, 2011

To the family,

I was very sorry to read about your loss. I hope you can find comfort in the words found at Isa. 33:24 which say that soon no one will say 'I am sick.' You have have my deepest sympathies.

The Bourke family

Tammy Jaimes

January 24, 2011

Ruby was a Great individual (I was so glad to hear at the service that I was not the only person who came to work with two different shoes on). She was truly an amazing person who was optimistic, funny, caring, and genuine. She will truly be missed but her spirit will always be with us. I love you Ruby.... Tammy jaimes

Brenda Stott (TCEQ)

January 24, 2011

I was blessed to know Ruby. She was very kind and made me feel special each time we spoke. If any little engine could, she sure could. I pray that her positive spirit comforts her family and loved ones through this difficult time.

Brenda Stott (TCEQ)

January 24, 2011

I was blessed to know Ruby. She was so sincere and made me feel so special every time we spoke. If any little engine could, she could. I pray that her positive spirit guides her family and loved ones through this difficult time.

Jackie Smart

January 24, 2011

I had the honor of meeting Ruby soon after I was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was so inspirational to me when I needed it most. She was a beautiful lady. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Martha Stracener (a co-worker at TRS)

January 24, 2011

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Cherish the memories!

January 23, 2011

My thoughts and paryers are with Ruby's children. I'm so sorry for your loss. Diana Orton

Jo Morris

January 23, 2011

We have missed Ruby so much at TCEQ! She was such a joy to work with & left us with so MANY wonderful memories! God blessed all of us with her presence in all of our lives. To God be the glory for giveing her to all of US! Jo Morris TCEQ

Carole Preuss

January 23, 2011

Please accept my deepest sympathies.