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“Sister Kelly as Jehovah's Witnesses refer to those related in the faith, will be greatly missed by family, friends, and acquaintances . Rip dear...Read More »
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“So sorry to hear Mrs. Ruby passed, but I know she is in Heaven with Mr. Harold. I remember living by them for several years and always enjoyed...Read More »
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“Dear Paula,Sorry to hear about your mother. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this time of sorrow.Love,Glinda ”
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Born in Grand River Flats, Louisiana to Elnora Pissarella "T-Nug" Sanders and Joseph H. "Joe" Sanders, Ruby was the baby of five children. She started cooking for her family at the tender age of eight, standing on apple crates over a wood burning stove. She mastered the skill of cooking which turned into the hobby that she enjoyed sharing with her children and grandchildren. She grew up to be her Daddy's right hand on the boats earning a living for the family by fishing. Her first job was working beside her father where she provisioned food for the community on a "fishboat" shortly after the great depression. She also picked moss for mattresses, floated timbers using chain dogs and became an avid commercial fisher"woman" who took great pride in her catches. Her passion for fishing gave local fisherman a run for their money because she was known to out fish them in market. She was a multi-faceted, strong-willed woman who honed her skills and worked very hard living off of the land. At the age of fourteen she met the love of her life, Harold Kelly. Upon his return from World War II they were married in 1945. They started their humble family on a camp boat in Keelboat Pass (Bayou Chene). Their family grew quickly and she enjoyed fishing with her husband and sharing her talents with her eight kids. Nothing gave Ruby more pride and joy than her grandchildren. She actively lent her hand and heart in raising her grandbabies. Through the years she basked in their accomplishments and enjoyed seeing her family grow as they had children of their own.

She is survived by her seven children: Lois Kelly Pearce, Cheryl Clines and her husband James, Harold J. Kelly and his wife Kim, Dariel J. Kelly, Carolyn Kelly, Nenia Albo; Paula Migues and her husband Cory; one brother Bobby Elridge "Pete" Sanders; adoring grandchildren: Denisa, Rodney, Mona, Nona, Joseph, Cherie, Jay, Jordan, Jahleel, Kane, Bobby, Cody, Amber, William, Benjamin, Kellie, Melissa, Joey, Nenia, Jason; numerous great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and one four-legged fur baby Molly.

She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of sixty-eight years Harold Kelly, her eldest child Martha Kelly Gilchrist, Martha's eldest child Hubert Gilchrist, Jr.; her parents Joseph H. Sanders and Elnora Pissarella Sanders, her brothers Arthur Joseph Sanders, Archelle Junius Sanders and one sister Annie Odette Sanders.

Serving as pallbearers will be Harold J. Kelly, Dariel J. Kelly, Rodney Gilchrist, Joseph Gilchrist, Joey Albo, Jason Albo, Cody Kelly, Kane Rawson and Cory Migues.

Funeral services have been entrusted to Ibert's Mortuary in Franklin and will commence Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 6 pm to 9 pm. A gathering of family and friends will follow at Ibert's Mortuary on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 10:00 am until time of service at 2:00 pm to be officiated by Mr. Bart Boone. She will be laid to eternal rest with her husband Harold Kelly at Franklin Cemetery.

Family and friends may express their condolences online by visiting www.iberts.com. Arrangements are in care of Ibert's Mortuary, Inc. 1007 Main Street, Franklin, LA 70538, (337) 828-5426.