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Ruby Beatrice Craft February 11, 1937 - December 18, 2022

Ruby Beatrice Craft entered into rest on Dec. 18, 2022. She leaves behind her husband of almost 40 years: Gene Craft of Modesto; her children: Rick Avila of Donnelly, ID; Cindy Avila of Henderson, NV; Danny Avila of Vacaville, CA and Christy O’Neal of Modesto, CA. She was preceded in death by her parents: Stanley & Thelma (Lee) Males and her first husband: Ed Avila. She is survived by her siblings: Stanley Males of Mississippi; Betty Ocken of Rancho Cordoba, CA and Anita Males of Orangevale, CA along with 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Ruby was born in Antlers, OK and moved with family to California at an early age. She was a bus driver for Sylvan Unified School District for almost 20 years. She was involved with the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts and took her kids backpacking. She loved nature, children, theme parks & “Snow White”. Ruby was a powerhouse of love and dedication in her job as bus driver. She always drove with this statement in her head, “I’m driving the most precious cargo in the world, ‘my children’.” She will be dearly missed by her family and all that knew her.

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  1. hannahsimpson says

    Hi grandma it’s Hannah I wanted to tell you that grandpa and I are ok. I miss you so so much daily. It’s really hard not waking up and saying to you “hello beautiful” everyday and hugging you. You were the most important person to me and it’s weird not having you in my life. I hope you know that I love you and miss you dearly
    Your great granddaughter

  2. cmunroe says

    Ruby was such a loving soul! Ruby and Gene were fixtures at my son’s elementary school, greeting every child with a wave and if they wanted, a hug. To see someone just give love so openly, and without expecting something in return, was beautiful to witness and we are better people for it. Rest In Peace, Ruby.

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