Ruby Jane Simmons East Nall passed away Saturday, June 20, 2015.
She was born April 27, 1920, in Surry County, NC, to Charlie and Nannie Inman Simmons. She was predeceased by her sisters Lois and Pauline and brothers Ray and Graham.
During World War II, she worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” at an ammunition plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She moved to Wake County in 1948 when her husband, Robert R. East, joined the NC State Highway Patrol. She was employed at Burlington Industries and retired from there in 1975. Her husband Bob East was killed in the line of duty in 1972.
In 1974, she met Merle Nall and they were married in 1975 and lived in California and Idaho, where his job with Monsanto took them. They enjoyed traveling and visited all 50 states, a particular favorite was Hawaii, always their best vacation destination, and enjoyed several trips to Europe. After Merle’s retirement, they moved first to Greensboro and then to Raleigh. They both enjoyed volunteering at Rex Hospital. Merle passed away in 1998.
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Ruby lived her last years at Universal Health Care, North Raleigh, where she made many friends, enjoyed the activities, flower arranging, painting classes, bingo, and crafts. She also enjoyed watching any golf match on television, as well as basketball games.
She is survived by her sister Evelyn Simmons Taylor of Pilot Mountain, NC. Her children, Shirley and Durward Matheny of Wake Forest, NC and Tom (Charles) and Bonnie East of Haymarket, VA; her stepchildren, Diana and Kellogg Fleming of Corralitos, California, Ellen and Chris Nall of Suffolk, England, and Richard Nall of Arizona. Her grandchildren, Michael and Kim East of Angier, NC, Taela-George East and Chris East of Raleigh, NC, and Elizabeth and Jeffrey East of Haymarket, VA; her step-grandchildren, Sam Nall of Bristol, England, and Josh Nall of Cambridge, England. She is also survived by her seven great-grandchildren, Jessica, Carly, Robert, Kayla, Thomas, Will, and Lauren. Two beloved nieces Brenda Marshall of Mount Airy, NC and Norma Wertz of China Grove, NC, along with several other nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held Tuesday morning, June 23, at 11 a.m., at Raleigh Memorial Park, Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Transitions’ Life Care, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607, or to a charity of your choice.
Friends may visit with the family from 6-8 Monday evening, June 22, 2015 at Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center. (919-556-5811)