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.