by Cris Ritchie
Ruby Milam Hamblin, 92, died Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the Hospice of the Bluegrass in Lexington.
She was born Oct. 11, 1920 at Forked Mouth, Ky., the daughter of the late Adam “Bug” Milam and the late Nancy Ellen Whitehead Milam. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Walter Hamblin; daughter Margaret Hamblin; brothers Lawrence, Hargis, and Bill Milam; and sisters Vickie Downing, Hester Chase, Delphia Griffin, Dorothy Bailey, Myrtle Wolfe, and Sadie Milam.
Among many other accomplishments, Ruby was best known for her quilting, which she learned from her mother at age nine. She was still making quilts when she had to go into a nursing home in April 2012. Throughout the course of her life, she likely made nearly 1,000 of them, most of which she gave to family and friends.
She was a lifelong resident of Perry County with the exception of the last 35 years living in Lexington. She was a loving mother and grandmother and a member of the Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington for the past 35 years.
She is survived by sons Aaron Hamblin and wife Linda of Versailles, Ader Hamblin and wife Ruth of Hyden, Amos Hamblin and wife Deb of Chavies, A.J. Hamblin and wife Pat of Krypton, and Devon Hamblin and wife Donna of Nicholasville; daughters Irma Loudin and husband Devon of Dayton, Ohio, Martha Hargis and husband Don of Lexington, and Myrtle Fugate and husband Cisco of Chavies; sister Glenna Savage of Lawrenceburg, In.; along with 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. at the Krypton Brethren Church with Rev. Drew Martin, Jim Sluss, and Amos Hamblin officiating. The interment will follow in the Milam Cemetery at Colwell Fork. The visitation will be at the Engle-Bowling Funeral Home on Thursday evening from 6 to 9 p.m., and again at the Krypton Brethren Church on Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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