Ruby Cleo Duke
Ruby Cleo Duke
  • April 10, 1924 - October 8, 2017
  • Nacogdoches, Texas

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Mrs. Ruby Cleo Sizemore Duke passed away October 8, 2017, in Nacogdoches, Texas, at the age of 93 years, 5 months, and 28 days.

Mrs. Duke was born April 10, 1924, in Kimishi, Oklahoma, to parents George Washington Sizemore and Ollie Cleo Hull Sizemore. Ruby grew up in Wright City, Texas, and graduated as salutatorian of Salem High School. Following high school she attended business school in Beaumont, Texas.

As a young lady, she met William Bernard "Bill" Duke, a Chireno native. After their marriage, she moved with Bill to Nacogdoches, where he worked for the U.S. Forest Service. Ruby was a longtime employee in the office of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce before her retirement. Ruby and Bill were faithful members of First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Bernard Duke, on December 1, 2008; and her son, Dennis Lee Duke, on July 2, 1991.

Her survivors include a sister, Bonnie Watkins of El Paso; a sister-in-law, Madeline McMurry of Dallas; and a host of nieces and nephews, Gay Sauer and husband Ray of West Columbia, Bill Sizemore and wife Fonda of Canyon Lake, Sam Sizemore of Brenham, Sandra Clifton and Joy Trout and husband Dean, all of Quitman, Terry Eveland and husband Steve of El Paso, Jerri Portugal of San Antonio, James Athans of Magnolia, Gary Athans of Dallas, Jill Weiss of Dallas, Brenda Monday, Larry Page, Charlotte Duke of Dallas, Charles Duke, Thomas Duke, James McMurry, Jack McMurry, and Yvonne Davis.

Services are set for 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 13, 2017, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel with Bro. Noel Dear, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, located at 5127 North Street in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 12, 2017, at Cason Monk-Metcalf.

Pallbearers: Jimmy Partin, Dr. Louis Rector, Dr. Rick Hurst, Gary Athans, Thomas Duke, Sam Sizemore, Ray Sauer, and Gary Jentz.

Memorials may be offered to First Baptist Church, 411 North Street, Nacogdoches, TX 75961 for mission projects; or Hospice of East Texas, 1012 North Street, Nacogdoches, TX 75961.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches, Texas.