Ruby G. Caulford, Homemaker

July 29, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Ruby G. Caulford, a homemaker who was active in her church, died of heart failure Saturday at a granddaughter's Bel Air home. She was 102.

Ruby Halsey, the daughter of a railroader and a homemaker, was born in Independence, Va.

She attended a one-room school in Bridle Creek, Va., until moving with her family to Nebraska in 1914. After returning to Independence briefly, she and her family settled in Dublin, Harford County, in 1921.

After graduating from Dublin High School in 1926, she was married the next year to Byron Caulford.

Mr. Caulford, who worked in supplies at the old Bainbridge Naval Training Station in Port Deposit, died in 1982.

Mrs. Caulford was an active member of the Dublin United Methodist Church and was a past worthy matron of the Victory Chapter 187 of the Order of the Eastern Star in Aberdeen. She was also a founder of Job's Daughters Bethel 16 in Darlington.

She was a member of the United Methodist Women, Dublin Women's Society, Dublin Grange and was the first grand marshal of the Dublin Country Fair in 1996.

Mrs. Caulford enjoyed making crafts and baking. She also liked family outings and attending auto shows.

"She was known for her homemade sticky buns," said Connie Wallace, a granddaughter with whom Mrs. Caulford had lived since turning 100.

Ms. Wallace attributed her grandmother's longevity to "keeping busy, doing lots of crafts and crocheting."

Mrs. Caulford gave up mowing her lawn when she was 94.

"She ate anything she wanted and did not smoke or drink or follow any regular exercise regimen," her granddaughter said.

"She lived a full and active life until the last few months," Ms. Wallace said. "She would always say, 'Slow up - but don't give up.' "

Services for Mrs. Calford will be held at 11 a.m. today at her church, 1528 Whiteford Road, Street.

Also surviving are three daughters, Jean Day of Bel Air, Mary Joyce Smith of Gambrills and Billie McNutt of Darlington; 12 other grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by two other daughters, Winona Yamanaka and Martha Caulford.

- Frederick N. Rasmussen

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