Ruby Mae Mayes


Ruby Mae Mayes passed away January 21st, 2022, in San Antonio TX.  She was born April 2nd, 1930, to Albert and Ethel Mae (Rayburn) Waller, in Edmond, OK.

Ruby was first a wife and mother dedicated to raising her young children. She married W.H. “Buddy” Mayes Jr. and attended business school and worked many years at U.S. Rubber Company and Chew Cartage utilizing her skills in shorthand, typing and bookkeeping. As Ruby and Buddy became self-employed, she worked by his side focusing on the bookkeeping.

Ruby was a lifelong member of Edmond Church of Christ. For many years she volunteered as the meal coordinator for the sick and families experiencing a loss. She also volunteered for the Search program, Monday Night for the Master, and helped prepare items for the youth group trips to Mexico. During her retired years she enjoyed spending time with her best friends who attended the weekly ladies Bible class.

Ruby and her twin sister Reba were inseparable, calling each other daily and caring for their older sister Laura. She enjoyed gardening and canning green beans, black-eyed peas, dilled okra, and pickles. She is known for her delicious roast and cherry pie. She shared her love for sewing with her daughters.

Ruby is preceded in death by her husband; parents; sisters Reba Brown and Laura Waller; and brother Veril Waller.  She is survived by her son, Steve Mayes; daughter Annette McKeever and husband Tim; daughter Janet Shough and husband Richard; grandchildren, Heather Mayes, Andrew McKeever and wife Rachel, Caleb Shough and wife Elizabeth, Kaci Setser and husband Derek, April Dryden, and Cameron Shough; great-grandchildren, Jose Setser, Harvey Shough, Miles McKeever, and Addison Setser.

During the last ten years of Ruby’s life her sense of humor, feistiness, smiles, and winks were prominent and loved by all she encountered. Her caregivers looked forward to those moments.  Her life was about God, family, and friends. Ruby is remembered for her desire to help others, put her family before herself, and to the last day of her life she would ask “What do you need?” and “Can I help you?” In her memory remember to give a wink and smile. We are confident when God welcomed her into His arms, she gave Him a smile and a wink.

Funeral Services will be held 10:00 AM, February 4th , 2022 at the Edmond Church of Christ, with burial to follow at Gracelawn Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (, and Edmond Church of Christ (

We will be live streaming this service in an effort to accommodate those people that wish to attend but feel they should not due to health regulations.  To watch the service please use the following link:

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