Rubye Lea Hodges, of Wellington, died July 11, 2021, in Wheeler at the age of 91.
Survivors include one daughter, Teresa Howard and husband Mark of Shamrock: two sons, David Hodges and wife Jan of Amarillo and Randall Hodges and wife Cande of Bushland; one sister, Joquetta Ramsey; two brothers, Tom Goza and Don Goza; 10 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Raymond; a sister Catherine; and two brothers, Carl Goza and James Goza Jr.
Rubye was born to James E. and Zula E. Goza on August 20, 1929, in a farmhouse near Carnegie, Okla. She grew up working around the farm while at the same time, pursuing her education.
In 1940, the family moved to a farm outside of Oney, Okla., and it was there that Rubye met the love of her life, Raymond Hodges. They began dating in high school as sophomores. After graduation, Raymond turned to farming while Rubye began work on her college degree. At the same time, she played basketball at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Okla.
Rubye and Raymond married January 22, 1948, in Oney. She went on to complete not only her bachelor’s degree in education, but also her master’s degree from Oklahoma State University in business education. Rubye and Raymond were married for almost 60 years.
A gifted teacher, Rubye impacted the lives of many students while teaching for over 30 years in Oney, Altus, Carnegie and Lawton, all in Oklahoma, and in Texas, Springlake, Brownwood, Quail and finally Wellington.
She was selected as Teacher of the Year in 1974 and 1988 and recognized by TEBA as Business Teacher of the Year in 1981. She loved UIL scholastic competition, and successfully took many of her students to state contests where she coached 11 state winners.
Rubye’s relationship with Jesus Christ was of utmost importance to her. She loved the word of God and served as a devoted prayer warrior. Rubye and Raymond were faithful members of First Baptist Church in Wellington. He served as a deacon, and she taught faithfully in everything from Vacation Bible School to Women’s Bible Studies. She also directed the Goodtime Singers ladies’ choir for many, many years.
The family is grateful for all donations in Rubye’s memory and wishes them to be directed to First Baptist Church in Shamrock to support the gospel ministry there.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 30, 2021, at North Fairview Cemetery in Wellington with Rev. Mark Howard, pastor of First Baptist Church in Shamrock, officiating. Arrangements are by Adams Funeral Home of Wellington.
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