Ruby Kaufman

Ruby Hazel Kaufman

Saturday, February 10th, 1923 - Saturday, December 5th, 2020
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Kaufman, Ruby (Owens)
Age 97, formerly of Riverside and Kettering, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on December 5, 2020. Due to Covid-19, funeral services were held for immediate family and burial followed at Woodland Cemetery.

Ruby graduated from Wilbur Wright High School and married Warren (Bud) Kaufman in 1942 with whom she shared a life of 58 years. Starting in the 1950’s, they were the proud owners of Kaufman Florist, located next to Walnut Grove Country Club on Linden Avenue. Ruby was the floral designer and Bud ran the greenhouse while also working at NCR. Because their house was next to the florist shop, Ruby was able to be a dedicated at-home mom to her 3 children. During her many years of retirement, Ruby enjoyed the activities and sports events in the lives of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Being an avid fan of college and professional sports, Ruby was able to attend many Reds, Bengals, Columbus Blue Jacket, and Tampa Lightning hockey games, and her very favorite OSU Buckeye football games.

Ruby was preceded in death by her husband Warren, her parents, Irma and Ernest Owens, her in-laws Edith and Earl Kaufman, her sister Willa Mae Deeter, brother Robert Owens, Warren’s siblings Ellen Szpur and Earl, Jr., and grandsons Patrick Kaufman and Justin Hemmert.

She is survived by 3 children, Karen (Bill) Hemmert, David (Marion) Kaufman, and Deb (David) Stimmel of Absarokee, MT. Her grandchildren Jason (Kelly) Hemmert, Jenny Hemmert of San Diego, CA, Stephanie (Marcus) Loree, Karen Kaufman of Edinburgh, Scotland, Ryan (Becca) Stimmel of Wilmington, NC, and Grant (Becca Bryant) Stimmel of Charlotte, NC. Her great-grandchildren Jake and Josh Hemmert, Dylan Crawford, Abbey, Jack, and Katherine Loree, and Jeremiah, Emma, and Christian Kaufman.

The family wishes to thank all of Ruby’s doctors who have helped her live such a long and wonderful life and the caregivers at BeeHive Homes of Springboro and Day City Hospice for their loving care.

In lieu of flowers, if desired, memorial contributions may be made to the YMCA of Greater Dayton - South Branch 4545 Marshall Rd, Kettering, OH, 45429 where Ruby enjoyed exercise classes for many years as well as watching grandchildren and great-grandchildren start their early years in sports.
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    Woodland Cemetery
    118 Woodland Ave.
    DAYTON, OH 45409
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Donations are being accepted for: YMCA OF GREATER DAYTON FOUNDATION LLC.


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Betsy Berry Ellison

Posted at 11:09am
Kaufman's for many years provided altar flowers for Peace Lutheran Church and for other church events. People would always say "get it from Kaufman's". Growing up I remember all the arrangements and flowers my family got from them. They always had that something "extra" about them. My best memories are of all the corsages my dates got from Ruby. They were always lovely and I got lots of compliments on them. She tried to match my dress in some way and Ruby even would put a rose bud in the middle of a carnation! Several times my boyfriend got me a charm for my bracelet and she would attach it to the corsage. No one does things like that any more. She was always friendly and helpful when you went to the store and if she knew you always was glad to see you. My sincere sympathies to her family on the passing of such a lovely person.

Grant Stimmel

Posted at 08:55am
For all those mourning in Ohio and around the world today:

Please close your eyes and allow your mind to wander, for a moment, away from this dark December day.

Let it drift to a warm spring morning, five and a half years ago in Elon, North Carolina.

You'll see a commencement address ending with the story of a late professor named Emerita Stone.

40 years before, she asked the school to plant geraniums around a parking lot on campus.

Unprompted, she wished to add beauty to a place where before there had been none.

The school resisted her request at first.

After all, there was no one to water them, and without water, geraniums die.

"I will water them," she said.

And so they were planted.

Today Elon's campus is a botanical garden — a natural marvel inspired solely by one person's wish to spread beauty simply because she could.

Her flowers were described as “Sine qua non” – the essential ingredient to this transformational change.

In his closing lines of that same speech, Elon's president urged the students sitting before him to remember that life is not a contest to see who ends up with the biggest oak tree.

In the end, he said, all that will matter is that you too were “Sine qua non” – the essential ingredient - in the lives of others.

For years, Ruby was our essential ingredient.

The catalyst for family gatherings, birthday celebrations, and a dinner table back rub, or two.

As a florist, she watered those same geraniums and, in turn, created that same effect on all of our lives.

She made things more beautiful.

And although there were no mighty oaks in that Linden Avenue greenhouse, Ruby's life grew to be one heck of a tree.

With 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandkids, her roots did not stop growing last Saturday.

They will grow long after all of us are gone, with higher branches and deeper roots than any of us can imagine.

That's a botanical garden in my book.

And although we must now return to this present December.

To this day, right now.

Let us keep the warmth in our hearts created from that spring morning so many years ago.

And as we open our tear-filled eyes today, we can gaze at each other and smile.

As we realize what we are and always have been — the beautiful flowers of Grandma Ruby's garden.

-Grant Stimmel

Deborah Stimmel

Posted at 08:37am
Mom’s life was all about sharing. She shared a birthday with her granddaughter, Jenny, which gave us the opportunity to celebrate with an annual family gathering. She shared her time with us always ready to travel or attend a sporting event to watch a grandchild or great-grandchild. For the past several years, she shared meals and activities with my brother David’s father-in-law, George, at BeeHive Homes of Springboro in that family setting. Her burial date shares special meaning in that 28 years ago, she was there for the birth of her youngest grandchild, Grant. Mom has left us with wonderful memories to share of her.
By watching mom interact with her grandkids and great-grandkids, I saw what great mothering is. Although we never lived close, her frequent and extended visits allowed my boys to form a close, endearing bond with her. That is a testament to how important family was to her. She never passed up an opportunity to be with family since that gave her great joy. As her memory slipped in recent years, she remembered and recognized her family. I think that was the most important memory for her to retain and so it remained.
I celebrate her long and wonderful life and thank mom for always being there. I know that she wouldn’t want us to be sad for long because she was never about herself. She would want us to focus on the special memories that will live on in all of us and smile as we fondly remember her.

Deb Stimmel

Ryan Stimmel

Posted at 04:53pm

Thank you for all the wonderful memories and decades of love. Even though we lived hours or an ocean away we always felt so close thanks to your frequent visits. I’ll always remember making sandwiches with you in Hickory, riding bikes in Germany, and over the past few years rubbing your back every year at your birthday celebration. You’ll always have a special place in my heart and will be so dearly missed. I don’t think I’ll ever meet anyone who was so loved and admired.



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