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Ruby Lee Dong

August 5, 1928 June 8, 2021
Ruby Lee Dong
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Obituary for Ruby Lee Dong

Ruby Lee Dong, age 92, passed away peacefully on June 8, 2021. A loving wife, mother and grandmother, she lived in Royal Oak most of her life.

A homemaker extraordinaire, Ruby had many talents: gardening, the needle arts (knitting, crocheting, sewing, embroidery) and cooking family feasts for her ever expanding extended family (4 daughters, their spouses, and 10 grandchildren plus whoever else they brought as their guests). Her generosity with food went beyond family events, if you stopped by her house, you’d be given food to take home: a dish she had cooked, vegetables from her garden or Chinese greens that she had scored on her latest shopping expedition.

The knit and crocheted afghans and sweaters that she made for the lucky recipients were wonderful and numerous. She must have had lightning fingers to have completed so many. Often, she used her own creative touches which added to the uniqueness of the garment as well as economically using up all of her scraps.

When she had the opportunity, Ruby enjoyed playing games which utilized her not to be underestimated shrewdness at reading people and the lay of the land. Some of the games she played were mah jong, poker and ‘21’.

Ruby had an abiding interest in other people and was a great conversationalist. It was apparent that she could get a person’s vital statistics (married?, children? where they lived/grew up?) in a very short time without seeming interrogative.

The light of her later life were her grandchildren of whom she was very proud. Unconditional love for them was second nature to her. And no one could get formula, cereal or any kind of food into a baby as expertly as she could.

She was preceded in death by her husband Chevor (d. April 26, 1996) and granddaughter Michelle (d. December 2, 2017). She is survived by her daughters Patricia (Pete), Christine (Dale), Sandra (Dennis) and Jennifer (Horace). Also nine grandchildren, Anslie, Lindsay, Arthur, Emily, Peter, Michael, Matthew, Melissa and Joe, and five great-grandchildren, Alex, Oliver, Sara, Mylah and Ava.

Ruby’s remains will be laid to rest beside her husband, Chevor, in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit later this year.


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