One of Ruby Moon-Houldson's recent projects was a book of old-time memories of Linton. She spent countless hours compiling stories and photos and made it available to the public at the Carnegie Heritage and Arts Center. Photo above was taken by Greene County Daily World Staff Intern Bailey Hasler in late September during an interview with Ruby about her project.
(Photo by Bailey Hasler)
I said goodbye today to my friend Ruby.
Even God was crying as the rain hit my cheek and mingled with my own tears as I went to see her one last time.
Ruby was one exceptional human being that overcame so much in her earlier life to become a doctor in psychology and forensic science, held a masters in nursing which she used to teach others to be nurses and was a founding board member of the Carnegie Heritage & Arts Center.
Many just know her as an author of over 30 books, but she also gave back quietly to our community as a CASA worker and in many other ways that helped so many.
We are all lucky if we have a handful of true caring friends in our lifetime.
So many are only friends with conditions and what can you do for me.
I have been a bit of a loner my whole life. I don't open up to many, but have several acquaintances. I guess it comes from a childhood of being alone quite a bit, even with older brothers, I always felt alone and actually was quite content being alone.
In the process, one becomes very creative in their own space and I think that is one contributing factor as to what I am now. I love creating and thinking and making a difference.
But it also created a singleness that had me holding others at a distance and the feeling that I could take care of myself, so I didn't invest a lot of time in maintaining friendships.
Since my illness, I have realized that I do need friends in my life, I can't do everything myself, and have been blessed to have that handful of true friends.
Ruby was one of those.
When I have been too sick to cook, she brought me home cooked meals and stayed and talked with me when I couldn't get out of the house. She always gave me words of encouragement that tomorrow would be a better day.
We said we were survivors.....that we were tough, we would make it through.
I am appalled that Ruby's life has ended this way. I don't understand the evil that can do that to another human being.
God's symbol of his promise to Noah was the rainbow and after the rain stopped today, He gave us a double rainbow in the sky.
I pray it is a promise that the evil and darkness that took my friend from this life will be locked away and the light will return.
I hope it is soon.
Donna Kluesner is president and founder of the Carnegie Heritage & Arts Center of Greene County. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Carnegie Heritage & Arts Center is located at 110 East Vincennes St. in Linton. Regular hours are Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 12-4 p.m. (call first volunteers on Saturdays) For more information call 847-0165 or www.carnegiegreene.org.