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Ruby Blanche Birdwell

Female 1923 - 2010  (86 years)


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  • Name Ruby Blanche Birdwell  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born 23 Oct 1923  San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Female 
    Died 17 Sep 2010  Willow, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Transport Cemetery, Dodson, Winn Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • San Augustine Tribune 24 June 2004

      The above referenced issue has an article about Ruby Birdwell, an 1943 graduate of San Augustine High School, who along with her husband Bill Murphy claimed a 160 acre homestead in Alaska. She was one of nine children of Florence and ENLO BIRDWELL, and the only one that left Texas.

      Obituary
      Anchorage Daily News
      adn.com

      Ruby B. Murphy, 86, died Sept. 17, 2010 at her home in Willow.

      A memorial service to celebrate her life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Willow. A service in Texas is planned at the Chinquapin Missionary Baptist Church in San Augustine at a later date. Her cremated remains will be inurned beside those of her husband at the Transport Cemetery in Dodson, La.

      Ruby Blanche Birdwell was born Oct. 23, 1923 in San Augustine, Texas, the daughter of Enlow and Florence (Hardy) Birdwell. She received her education in San Augustine and began living in Skagway in 1952. In 1964, she and her husband, Bill, began living in Alaska on a full-time basis.

      The family lovingly wrote: "Ruby, Mamma, Mema, Habba, Miss Ruby or Mrs. Murphy: no matter what name people had for her, anyone who ever met Ruby Murphy never forgot her."

      Her adventurous, industrious character was evident in her experience homesteading on the Kashwitna River in the mid to late 1960s. While her husband, Bill, worked in Anchorage during the week, Ruby lived on the homestead, shooing away the moose from her garden and chasing away the bears from her fish. After moving into their larger log home in 1973, Ruby and Bill welcomed literally hundreds of visitors; from family and friends to fellow Al-Can Highway travelers they met during their many trips "Outside", to scores of church missionaries working on church building projects in Alaska.

      Ruby never forgot her life tussling with her eight brothers and sisters on the farm in San Augustine, Texas, during the Great Depression and although she was homesteading on a wild river in Alaska, she always referred to San Augustine as "down home".

      A pioneering fixture in the Willow community during her 46 years in the area, her engaging personality, love for people and incredible energy endured to the very end. Ruby always showed determination and an independent spirit. The feisty redhead went to be with the Lord on Friday, Sept. 17, 2010.

      Survivors include her son, Dan Murphy of Willow; daughter, Cathy McBride of Bronson, Texas; grandsons, Jerry McBride of Tampa, Fla., Todd McBride of Niceville, Fla., Sean Murphy of Wasilla, Stephen McBride of Colmesneil, Texas, and Tad Murphy of Arlington, Texas; great-grandchildren, Derek McBride, Trevor McBride, Catherine McBride, Courtney McBride, Gregory McBride, Peyton Murphy and Nolan Murphy. She is also survived by two great-great-grandchildren, Cason McBride and Cutter McBride; two brothers, Winfred Birdwell and Carlo Birdwell, both of San Augustine; and two sisters, Bertha Mae McMurray of San Augustine and MargeNell Hilderbrandt of Orange, Texas.

      Her husband, William L. Murphy; her parents; sisters, Audrey Drawhorn, MattLou Breaux; and brothers, Norman and Kennon Birdwell have preceded her in death.

      Friends may make memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church of Willow Building Fund, P.O. Box 148, Willow, AK 99688.

      Arrangements were with Valley Funeral Home and Crematory in Wasilla.

      Published in adn.com from September 22 to September 23, 2010

      Read more: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/adn/obituary.aspx?n=ruby-murphy&pid=145548359#ixzz111370c6y

      Also published in the San Augustine Tribune, Thursday, September 23, 2010 and October 14, 2010, Page 10
      and The Sabine County Reporter, September 29, 2010, page 11 and October 13, 2010, page 14
    Person ID I26269  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father Enlow Cornelius Birdwell,   b. 6 Jan 1902, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 1974, Nacogdoches County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Florence Hardy,   b. Aft 1902,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 14 Jan 1918  San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F8704  Group Sheet,  Family chart

    Family William L. Murphy,   b. 28 Feb 1923,   d. 20 Feb 2001, Willow, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2010 
    Family ID F11280  Group Sheet,  Family chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Oct 1923 - San Augustine County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Sep 2010 - Willow, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Birdwell, Ruby (Mrs. Bill Murphy), News Article about her Alaska Homestead
    Birdwell, Ruby (Mrs. Bill Murphy), News Article about her Alaska Homestead
    News article detailing the land she and her husband claimed as a homestead in Alaska in 1964

    A portion of the last two sentences of this article were cut off, and read, "One week all three Tribunes were delivered to her by a postal mistake. She got in touch with the other two Alaska subscribers, and they all had a get together after that."

  • Sources 
    1. [S342] San Augustine Tribune, weekly, 807 E. Columbia, San Augustine, TX, (San Augustine Tribune, USPS No. 479-040, Published every Thursday at 807 E. Columbia St., San Augustine, Texas 75972 Stephen Hays & Arlan Hays, Publishers. Postmaster: Change of Address notice should be made at P.O. Box 539, San Augustine, Texas 75972. The Tribune is a continuation of the Texas Chronicle moved from Galveston to San Augustine in 1837 and published as the Redlander.), Obituary of brother, Noman T. Birdwell, published 18 Nov 2004 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S336] The Sabine County Reporter, P.O. Box 700, Hemphill, Texas (Published Weekly), (Founded in 1883, The Sabine County Reporter (USPS 474-660) is published once a week on Wednesday. The Reporter is Published by Sabine County Reporter, Inc. Postmaster: Send change of address to P.O. Box 700, Hemphill, Texas 75948-0700. The Sabine County Reporter and The Rambler merged March 1, 1988. Member National Newspaper Association and Texas Press Association.), Obituary of brother, Kennon Birdwell, April 2, 2008 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S342] San Augustine Tribune, weekly, 807 E. Columbia, San Augustine, TX, (San Augustine Tribune, USPS No. 479-040, Published every Thursday at 807 E. Columbia St., San Augustine, Texas 75972 Stephen Hays & Arlan Hays, Publishers. Postmaster: Change of Address notice should be made at P.O. Box 539, San Augustine, Texas 75972. The Tribune is a continuation of the Texas Chronicle moved from Galveston to San Augustine in 1837 and published as the Redlander.), September 23, 2010, page 10 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S336] The Sabine County Reporter, P.O. Box 700, Hemphill, Texas (Published Weekly), (Founded in 1883, The Sabine County Reporter (USPS 474-660) is published once a week on Wednesday. The Reporter is Published by Sabine County Reporter, Inc. Postmaster: Send change of address to P.O. Box 700, Hemphill, Texas 75948-0700. The Sabine County Reporter and The Rambler merged March 1, 1988. Member National Newspaper Association and Texas Press Association.), May 4, 2011, Page 11, obituary for Bertha Mae McMurry (Reliability: 3).