Mrs. Ruby Jewell Mangham Berry Baskerville, 86, of 69 Andrew Street, Springfield, MA, went home to be with the Lord on September 16, 2021. She passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family as she always hoped.
She was born on January 25,1935, in Griffin, GA, to Hartford and Pearl Mangham. She attended Fairmont High and Grade School. At an early age, Ruby moved to Holyoke, MA to be with her sister, Edith Driver. She later married her love, James W. Baskerville who predeceased her in 1993. Ruby was the sixth of seven children and the last surviving of her siblings William Mangham, James Mangham, Edna Green, Mattie Morgan, Edith Driver, and Douglas Freeman. She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Cola Mangham and Elizabeth Mangham, her childhood friend who she viewed as a sister, Mattie Parks, and her best friend, Frances Daniels.
Ruby was a member of New Creation Discipleship Church and the Aster Temple of the Obie Knox Lodge #1568, I.B.P.O.E. She worked many years as a Certified Nurse’s Aide at Holyoke Hospital, Ring Nursing Home, Municipal Hospital, and as a Private Duty Nurse. Ruby will be remembered for her Macaroni and Cheese recipe and her love for the New England Patriots – especially Tom Brady as she is fondly remembered for yelling “Go Brady, Go!” and “That’s the way you’re supped to play Brady!”. Her family will miss the love and advice she provided.
She was predeceased by two of her children, Arthur Berry (Paula) and Sintonia Berry Jackson (Wendell). To continue her love and legacy, she leaves her children Robin Berry Baulkman (Charles), James Berry, Karen Davis, Brenda Berry, Kevin Baskerville, Charles Jackson, Linda Baskerville Lewis and a granddaughter who she raised as a daughter, Tinora Berry. Ruby had one goddaughter, Sophia Roomes, 26 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and was blessed with three great-great grandchildren, Princeton, Emery, and Aidan. She also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who loved her dearly. Her family wishes to extend their gratitude to her granddaughters, Brooke Roberson, Keysta Vanasse, Yashira Falcon, and Almaira Caldwell for the care they displayed over the years. Ruby left this world with her strong faith, her deep connection to family and her love of football. The gift to her family is the comfort in their hearts knowing she is reunited with her husband, her siblings and her children. She would have joy knowing that her family is able to live on with the love and connection that she had in life.
The calling hour is 10-11 a.m. Friday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 45 Buckingham St, followed by funeral services at 11, with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery.