Ruby E. Cole

November 6, 1922June 9, 2018

Ruby E. Cole was born on November 6, 1922 in Bedford, Virginia and passed away on June 9, 2018 in Rockville, Maryland.


  • Thomas William Ellis, Father
  • Mabel Lee (Bradley) Ellis, Mother
  • Reverend David L. Cole, Husband
  • Diane Meeks, Daughter
  • Reverend Tom Meeks, Son-in-law
  • Sharon Johnston, Daughter
  • David Cole, Jr., Son
  • Cheryl Manger, Granddaughter
  • Michelle Baker, Granddaughter
  • Amie Johnson, Granddaughter
  • Kara Hoponick, Granddaughter
  • Ruby is also survived by her loving great-grandchildren Micayla, Greta, Robert and Eliana.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, June 14, 2018

Ruby E. Cole

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DeLaine Niesley

June 13, 2018

For many years of my life, I felt a certain security in knowing that when I glanced on the left side, in a pew near the front of the Glen Echo Baptist Church, I would always see Mrs. Ruby Cole. Through my young mind's eye, she seemed grand and important sitting in quiet elegance. It was a very special treat to be invited to the Cole's home, entertained by the beautiful Cole girls and teased by their older brother. Here, Mrs. Cole's charm and hospitality became evident everywhere you looked. Clearly, the role as a pastor's wife is not always easy, but she remained faithful to her family, to her church, and to her God. If I could take a peek into Heaven right now, I imagine her standing on the left side, near the front with Dave by her side. They're rejoicing as God says, "Well done."
With loving memories,
DeLaine Nash Niesley

Diane Meeks

June 13, 2018

My mom was the best mom anyone could ever ask for. She was nurturing, kind & compassionate. She was brave & strong. She was an excellent cook, seamstress & gardener. Side by side with my dad, as a pastor's wife, she served willingly in any capacity at the Glen Echo Baptist Church for 50 years. But most of all she was a homemaker & loved all her family. We have many happy memories of times spent together shopping at Montgomery Mall, beach trips to Ormond Beach in Florida, a trip out West to see all the California cousins, Bedford, VA trips to see her brother Bill & family, & her love of collecting dolls, & all manner of collectibles. She is already greatly missed, & my time spent with her over the past years has been an honor & privilege because it was the very least I could do for someone I love so much. Heaven is now her home & she is reunited with my dad. What a wonderful blessing.

Stephen Cole

June 11, 2018

God Bless you Auntie Ruby, very glad to be your nephew, I have been bless to have Uncle Dave and you in my life. Iris flowers from my garden from yesterday. Love, Stephen Cole