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Ruby Evelyn Martinez

September 17, 1943June 29, 2021

Ruby Evelyn Martinez, 77, passed away peacefully and surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at Franklin General Hospital in Valley Stream, NY.

Ruby was born on September 17,1943, in McComb, MS. She was the second of 11 children born to the late Richard and Charlie B. (Lee) Brown. As a teenager, she was a popular majorette at Higgins High School, where she was known for her flashy dance moves and cowboy boots. She found Christ at an early age at Pine Grove Missionary Baptist church in Summit, MS.

Seeking better work opportunities, Ruby packed her bags and headed north to New York. At the time, this was known as the “Great Migration,” where more than 6 million African-Americans from the rural South relocated to the cities of the North, Midwest and West (from about 1916 to 1970).

One evening, in Long Island, NY, romance was kindled at a popular lounge called the Rendezvous. There with her cousins, Ruby caught the eye of a suave, 5-foot tall Puerto-Rican man named Andres. That night, Andres captured her attention as well, and eventually won her heart to say, “Yes.” In 1968, Ruby and Andres joined in holy matrimony, and remained married for 53 years until her death.

After saying their “I dos,” Andres and Ruby Martinez settled in Cambria Heights, NY, to raise a family. Shortly thereafter, she found a church home for her family at Mt. Olivet Baptist church in Hollis, NY.

Ruby retired from Creedmor Hospital after more than 20 years of service, where she worked as a health care supervisor. After retirement, she wanted to move back South to build a home in Virginia Beach, VA.

She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchild. If she wasn’t spending time with the kids, Ruby enjoyed attending Piney Grove Baptist Church in Virginia Beach. She hosted Pokeno nights in her home, took up bowling in a senior league, and enjoyed swimming at the local recreation center. An avid sports fan, Ruby’s cheers could be heard throughout the house as she watched tennis, basketball or the Olympics.

Ruby embodied that deep southern hospitality charm. She was witty, warm, funny and always offered a hug, kiss and a smile followed by a boisterous, “Hey Baby!” To her childhood family, she was known as “Doll” because of her cuteness — as a baby, she resembled a baby doll. To others, who adored her style, her looks and her room-filling personality, she earned the glamorous title, “Gladys Knight.”

Ruby was the mother of the late Jefferey Keith Brown of Brooklyn, NY, Raymond (Marjorie) Martinez of Massapequa, NY, Valerie Martinez of Charlotte, NC and Eric (Safara) Martinez of Houston, TX. She was the grandmother of Anthony Richard Martinez, Nicolas Ray Martinez, Andre Kyle Martinez, Adrian Kenneth Martinez and Gavin Ray Martinez. She was the great-grandmother of Akyra Nicole Martinez.

Ruby is survived by her sisters and brothers, Charles Edward (Ida) Brown of McComb, MS, Robert Kennedy (Lynda) Brown of Summit, MS, Eunice Brown (Richard) White of McComb, MS, Rhonda (late Jerry) Carter of McComb, MS, Warnellla Brown of Brooklyn, NY and Cynthia Brown of Summit, MS

She was predeceased by her brothers Larry Donnell (Catherine) Brown and Richard Brown Jr., and sisters Shirley Ann McBride, Ruth Neil Brown and Ernestine Brown.

“It breaks our hearts to lose you but you did not go alone but part of us went with you the day God called you home.”

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 6, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, July 6, 2021

  • Burial

    Tuesday, July 6, 2021

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Yvette Parker

July 6, 2021

May God comfort the loved one! Forever Momma Ruby. S.I.Paradise!! Love always! 🙏🏽❤️

Dr. Andrew Harrison

July 5, 2021

The loss of Mrs. Ruby Martinez is not just a huge loss to the Martinez family but also to the close circle of friends of 217th St., Cambria Hts., Queens, NY.

Her passing away marks the end of the legacy of what I call "the founding original incredible black mothers of 217th St."!

These mothers looked out for our crew taking on the role of the extended mothers of our very close circle of friends on our block back in the day when neighboring mothers actually did such a thing compared to now.

Mrs. Martinez was a tough but caring, lively and spirited woman and all together this group of strong mother's supervision, guidance as well as some intermixed discipline : ) .. kept us on a good path in our young lives helping us reach the point where we are now .. successful in our own individual ways !

So she will be missed dearly but from what I was told she was really suffering from her illness so I feel comfortable and confident that she is truly resting in peace now. We will miss you always Mrs. Ruby Martinez.

Sincere heartfelt condolences to one of my best friends Ray as well as Mr. Andres Martinez, Val and Eric and the rest of the Martinez family. May God bless you and help you get through this very sad time.

With our warmest sympathy,
Dr. Andrew Harrison, wife - Terry and our children - Andrew Jr. and Alexis 💖🙏🏽

Valerie Martinez

July 5, 2021

For Ma .. you will always be in our ❤️ .. RIP 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

Bradley Law

July 5, 2021

My deepest condolences. You and your family will be in my thoughts. Wishing you comfort and peace in the days ahead.

Vicki Brown

July 4, 2021

To our MARTINEZ family we love y'all unconditionally.. Praying for strength for the MARTINEZ and BROWN FAMILY..R.I.P. AUNT DOLL❤ you will forever be our MISSISSIPPI QUEEN...

Reggie Bagley

July 3, 2021

To Ray and family... you have our most sincere condolences. Know know that you are in our prayers, and may the lord bless and keep you during this difficult time.

Love the Bagley family

Craig Tucker

July 3, 2021

To The Family, Sincere condolences & deepest sympathy. Mother Martinez was always so welcoming and loving towards me. Her kindness will truly be missed. May she Rest In Peace in God's Glory. Peace & Love to all. Respectfully yours, Craig Tucker.

Raymond Martinez

July 3, 2021

For my Mom, Ruby Martinez. The family of the late Mrs. Ruby Martinez wishes to express our sincere appreciation for all the prayers, phone calls, visits and many other acts of kindness. We especially like to thank Linda Phillips and Warnella Brown for your dedication and assistance you provided to Ruby and our family.

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Papo Morales

July 1, 2021

Our Condolences to the Martinez’s
I loved my Aunt Ruby, straight and to the point. She always had a warm heart felt smile for me.
Love You. God Bless You,
Papo

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY