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Ruby Lee Fairfax

December 1, 1925 ~ April 9, 2020 (age 94) 94 Years Old

Ruby Fairfax Obituary

Ruby Lee Wallace Fairfax went home to be with the Lord Thursday, April 9, 2020 in Cleveland Clinic-South Pointe Hospital, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.  Graveside services for immediate family will be held Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 1:00pm.  A memorial service will be held at a later date. 

Ruby Lee Wallace was born Tuesday, December 1, 1925 in Carbondale, West Virginia.  She was preceded in death by her parents Eli Wallace and Georgia Ann Bean Wallace; brothers, Claude Wallace, Eli Wallace, Jr.; sisters, Lillie Mae Webb and Elizabeth Royster; son, Ronald Eugene Conliffe; step-sons, John Collins and Don Fairfax; son-in-law, Prinnice Wayne Simpson; grandson, Ronald Erie Conliffe and husbands: Erie Conliffe, Caulton Staunton, Horace Young, and McGuire Fairfax.

She is survived by children:  Carolyn Staunton Simpson (Cleveland Heights, OH), Caulton Staunton (Avis), Cleveland Heights, OH, Delores Staunton (Landover, MD); daughters-in-law, Ora Conliffe Williams (GA) and Dorothy Fairfax (WV).

Grandchildren: Tiwanna Simpson (OH), Dedra Watkins (MD), Sonya Simpson (Damion Samuels) (NY), Alanna Watkins (MD), Michael Conliffe (Kay Abron) (GA), Russell Berry (WV), Eric Dillard (Robin) (OH), Rickey Fairfax (TN), Duane Fairfax (Tracey) (VA) and Sonja Almonte (Jose) (WV).

Great grandchildren: Damia Conliffe, Lauryn Baker, Chike Samuels and Kali Ruby Elaine Samuels, Christian and Adilynne Dillard, GioVaughni Lacy, Lauren Fairfax, Duane Fairfax, Jr., Joseph and Josslyn Almonte.

Sisters-in-law: Loretta Fairfax (OH) and Thomasina Fairfax (WV) and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who honor her life and mourn her passing.

Ruby’s love for the Lord defined her living. She encouraged everyone to put God first in their lives.  Throughout her life she rejoiced in serving the Lord.  She fed the hungry, clothed the naked, visited those in prison, prayed unto God, and praised Him in song.   Ruby, so aptly named for she was truly a gem, has left a legacy of love to her family.  She greeted everyone with a warm smile and open arms.  She saw the good in everyone.  She was to her family a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend.

The majority of her life was spent in Fayette County, West Virginia. She was a proud graduate of Simmons High School in Montgomery, West Virginia.  A longtime member of First Baptist Church of Smithers (formerly Longacre Baptist) where she was devoted to serving as Deaconess, Youth Leader, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School Teacher, and Usher.  At the Hilltop Baptist State Convention in Hilltop, West Virginia, she served faithfully as Youth Leader and Deaconess with the Mt. Olivet District Deaconess Council.  After relocating to Fayetteville, Georgia she became a member of Fountain of Faith Church in Riverdale, Georgia.  In 2017, she relocated from Georgia to Cleveland Heights, Ohio and was under the watch-care of Rev. Gloria Chaney, Pastor of Church of the Master.  A sport’s enthusiast, she loved cooking, baking, crocheting and needlepoint, all of which became gifts to family and friends.  She filled her home with love, song and laughter.  She labored as a domestic worker and retired as an educator from the Fayette County Board of Education.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Baptist Church of Smithers, P. O. Box 42, Smithers, West Virginia, 25186. 

The family acknowledges our debt of love and gratitude to Ruby’s first grandchild, Tiwanna Simpson who lovingly, tenderly and faithfully gave the most extraordinary caregiving to our dear heart for many years.  The family extends appreciation to all who prayed for her and for every act of kindness offered to our family during this time.


 in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Smithers First Baptist Church, Smithers, WV  25186.

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April 15, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Gaines Funeral Home
5386 Lee Road
Maple Heights, OH 44137

Graveside Service
April 16, 2020

1:00 PM
Cleveland Memorial Gardens
4324 Green Road
Highland Hills, OH 44128


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