Ruby Jackson Gay, age 88, of Apalachicola, died in Panama City on Friday, May 17, 2013.

She was born Oct. 2, 1924 and was retired from the Bon Ton Cleaners where she enjoyed meeting and seeing the many customers and working with friends. Mama was an avid flower and vegetable gardener. She was also very skilled in knitting, embroidering, crocheting, canning, and preserving fruits and vegetables. Mama believed in helping your neighbor. She was always ready to help when the need arose. Her family will miss the special attention she gave to them by cooking all their special foods when they came to visit. Mama, we will miss you!

Ruby was preceded in death by many family members and her beloved husband of 69 years, Cliff Gay. She leaves behind her three children: son Franklin (Opal) Gay of Panama City,; daughters Grace (Pete) Howard of Apalachicola, and Elizabeth (Gene) Wessinger of Milton; five grandchildren: Clifford (Barbara) Gay, Belinda (Billy) Writch, Colette (Mike) Bergeron, Michael (Laura) Wessinger, Mark (Allison) Wessinger; eight great-grandchildren: Julie Gay, Olivia (James) Phillips, Brandon Writch, Abigail Spencer, Kaitlyn Fannin, Micha Wessinger, Emily Wessinger, and one unborn great-grandson; one great-great-grandchild, Riley Phillips; two brothers, George (Virginia) Jackson and Wade Jackson; and many nieces, nephews, and their spouses, as well as many special friends that knew her as "Granny."

Visitation was Monday evening, May 20. Services will be held Tuesday, May 21, 2013 conducted by Reverend Charles Scott of Fellowship Baptist Church at 11 a.m EST. Both visitation and services will be at Fellowship Baptist Church. Interment will be at Magnolia Cemetery.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers. Active: Tom, Robert, Roger, Ronnie, David, Danny, and Chad Jackson. Honorary: Robert, Donnie, Billy, and Tommy Gay, Elkin Corbin, Bud, Roscoe, and Herman Kent.

Thanks to all who have helped take care of Mama, those who visited and prayed for her, and those who loved her as much as we do! Special thanks to Emerald Shores Rehab personnel for all the love and care given to Mama.

Services are being arranged by Kelley Funeral Home, Apalachicola.