Ruby Slovacek Sheffield left this world to be with the Lord
on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001. Mrs. Sheffield was born on Oct. 7, 1910 in Taylor,
Texas, to Thomas and Anna Tadlok Slovacek, with her family moving to a farm near
Crosby, Texas, when Ruby was a small child. After losing her mother to a
terrible tornado when she was 16 years old, Ruby was raised by her beloved older
sister and husband, Christina and Billy Lord of Crosby.
Mrs. Sheffield graduated from Crosby High School in 1929 and went to St.
Joseph's Nursing school in Houston, there receiving her Registered Nurse degree
and license, which she was to both cherish and utilize during the rest of her
On April 25, 1935, Ruby married Homer Gordon Sheffield Sr., whom she had
known as a student in Crosby. Mrs. Sheffield then devoted the next 35 years of
her life to Mr. Sheffield's career with Shell Oil Company and their three
children, always involving herself deeply in their church, school and other
activities such as scouting. When all her children left home for Duke
University, Mrs. Sheffield resumed her nursing career at the age of
"fifty-something" after completing a rigorous re-qualification program,
practicing as a psychiatric nurse at the prestigious Piedmont Hospital in
After Homer retired from Shell Oil Co. in 1970, Mr. and Mrs. Sheffield
returned to the area of their childhood to be near their many relatives on both
sides, taking up residence around the Cedar Bayou area in Baytown, Texas.
Despite Homer's retirement, Mrs. Sheffield continued her "second" nursing
career, rising to the position of head psychiatric nurse at San Jacinto Hospital
in Baytown, finally retiring from nursing only when she had reached the age of
Returning to the Baytown/Crosby area enabled Mrs.. Sheffield to
accomplish another life-long goal, which was to reestablish ties with her
ancestral church, the Crosby Brethren Church, and where she was a devoted
member, leader and teacher to the very last day of her life.
Her husband Homer preceded Ruby in death, shortly before what would have
been their 64th anniversary in 1999. She is survived by: three children, Homer
Jr. and wife Allison of Santa Barbara, Calif., Arlis and wife Sue of Bedford,
Va. and Jo Ellen and husband Fred of New York City; five grandchildren, Alison
Anne, Eve, Jessie, Gordon III and James; brother, Albert Slovacek of Corona,
Ariz.; nieces and nephews, Sharon Lord, Dorothy, Patricia and Pat Holitzke; and
many other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001 at Crosby Brethren
Church in Crosby, Texas, with Rev. Larry Koslovsky officiating. Burial to follow
at White Cemetery in Highlands. Visitation will be Monday, Oct. 29, 2001, from 3
to 9 p.m. with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of normal remembrances, the family wish donations to The Crosby
Brethren Church, 5202 First St., Crosby, Texas, 77532. All arrangements are
under the direction of Sterling White Chapel, 11011 Crosby-Lynchburg Road,
Highlands, Texas, 77562.