Ruby Divinis Davidson

Born in Nashville, TN on April 7, 1936

Departed on May 14, 2016 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Ruby Davidson- age 80 passed away May 14, 2016. She was born on April 7, 1936 in Nashville, TN to the late Turner and Ann Webb Gillihan.
When remembering her, some of the first things that the family recalled was her work ethic and love and devotion for her family. She came from very poor and humble beginnings, at the age of 17 she dropped out of high school to get a job so she could help her family. She learned to sew and became a seamstress and worked at various places. She met the love of her life Norris, at a red light one day and that was the start of happily ever after.
Ruby’s children remember her as being a wonderful mother in every way. It was important to her that her children were well dressed, and never wanted for anything. She worked from home so they didn’t have to go to daycare and when they reached school age, she drove them and picked them up every day while still holding down a full time job. Every evening she cooked dinner for them. She had a large heart that not everyone got to see, and helped others truly because she wanted to and not for recognition.
Ruby also had an entrepreneurial spirit. She and Norris owned the local skating rink for many years and then opened the famous, Mason Jar Restaurant. She was a wonderful cook and only used fresh food to prepare meals. She was very picky about the produce and had fresh meat delivered daily. She thought the food should taste like what she cooked for her own family. She could cook anything but never followed a recipe.
She impacted many lives over the years and will forever be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend who will be deeply missed.
She is also preceded in death by her sister, Robin Brown.
She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Norris Davidson; Children, Debbie Wood (Robert Coleman) and Turner Davidson (Corinne); grandchildren, Carter, Spencer, and Olivia Davidson; sisters, Ruth Colbert, Eudell Bennett, Ann Dabbs, and Penny Redding.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

23 Comments to Ruby Divinis Davidson

    May 16, 2016 12:21 pm


  2. Lori L. Smith
    May 16, 2016 6:47 pm

    I became very close to Mrs. Ruby, I grew up skating at the Hendersonville Skate center so did my sister, will miss her dearly, my prayers to the family.

  3. Michelle Rush
    May 16, 2016 7:47 pm

    You will be missed so much by so many. You had a huge impact on my childhood and teenage years. You and Mr.Davidson werelike my grandparents. Not a week goes by I think of somthing you said or did for me in my skating ring days. Thank you for all the great memories you gave me. I will keep you in my thoughts and my heart always. Goodnight sleep with the Angels.

  4. Delora Elaine Biggs Minassian
    May 16, 2016 7:50 pm

    My Aunt Ruby gave me so many happy memories that i cherish. I will always remember her smile and the twinkle in her eyes when she would say my name, that smile was even there even if she was getting on to me about something. Her lov was always there for us. Rest now Aunt Ruby.

  5. Greg Christian
    May 16, 2016 8:35 pm

    I loved you all those years at the skating rink and Mason Jar. RIP Mrs. Davidson. Thinking of you Turner.

  6. Sherry (Jackson) Buck
    May 16, 2016 8:36 pm

    I have so many wonderful memories of Mr’s. Ruby from spending all of my free time at the skating rink as a kid to enjoying her wonderful cooking at the Mason Jar. She will greatly be missed!

  7. Cindy Bruant
    May 16, 2016 8:42 pm

    Our family loved eating at The Mason Jar!!! Everything was delicious!!! Thanks for helping my kids eat vegetables for years!!! Oh and the pies!!! Cindy Bryant and family

  8. Paul Wooten
    May 16, 2016 8:43 pm

    So Sorry to hear the news always enjoyed the small talk love your home cooking Prayers for the family and loved ones

  9. Racquel Millichamp
    May 16, 2016 10:49 pm

    I will miss Ms Ruby so much! She always met me with a smile and a hug! Lunch will never be the same without her. ?

  10. Charlie Brown
    May 16, 2016 10:53 pm

    Wow wow wow I’m so grateful that I got to see and eat with her 2weeks ago right b4 she went in the hospital. Wow Aunt Ruby you always took me and my sister Lynn and brother Randy and mom your sister Robin a place to stay,food, money,unconditional love,so many more things than write, opening the skating rink to us. Sending me the skates I still have to this day sending them to me in randy in California in 1980 so we could race. Some of my most memorable childhood memories are playing with turner in the basement from 1969 till about 1974 or so. Taking us to kindergarten and so. Thank you thank you. Tell Mom and randy hi R I P Charlie Brown

  11. David Watkins
    May 17, 2016 12:00 am

    I will miss Ruby , she was always kind and supporting , my family will never forget her . RIP

  12. Stacey Lynn Katz (Barry's daughter)
    May 17, 2016 12:19 am

    It truly breaks my heart to hear of Aunt Ruby’s passing. I have so many wonderful memories of summer nights spent at the skating rink and eating my meat and 3 and drinking my sweet tea at the Mason jar (such things still rarely ever heard of up here in New Jersey, except at the Cracker Barrel, of course…but which doesn’t even come close to my Aunt Ruby’s cooking!) She always treated me as part of her family and I will never forget all those incredible memories made & lifelong lessons learned from such a unique, generous, wise & truly unforgettable woman…her spirit will continue to live on in the memories made and the hearts of all of those whose lives she has touched…May God Bless You & May You Fly With The Angels, Aunt Ruby…til we meet again…xoxo
    Much Love,

  13. Heather Cross
    May 17, 2016 1:08 am

    I loved Ms Ruby and her sweet daughter Debbie!! I am thinking of you always

  14. Rebecca Byler
    May 17, 2016 2:06 am

    She will be missed. Ruby had such a sweet smile and disposition.

  15. Yohonna Taylor Smith Rogers
    May 17, 2016 10:22 am

    Miss Ruby, taught my boys about work ethics, at a very young age, giving them “jobs” at the skating rink. They loved her and Norris so much. God blessed Hendersonville , with so many of us having the privilege of knowing such a fine lady . She will be missed. Prayers for all of her family.

  16. Ginger Daniel
    May 17, 2016 10:43 am

    I am saddened by this news of such a wonderful lady. Ruby was truly a jewel to so many that knew her. God Bless her for bringing so much joy and love to all of Hendersonville . Sending prayers of love and comfort to all the family….

  17. Debbie Shelton and Jonathan Shelton
    May 17, 2016 1:43 pm

    Ms. Ruby was such a joy to be around…..she took my son under her wing and was a blessing to us….Love you Ruby…may you rest in peace!!!

  18. Lisa and bill Gilliam
    May 17, 2016 3:14 pm

    Loved this dear lady. Thank u for all the good food and talks and treating everyone like family.

  19. Diane Drennan
    May 17, 2016 3:33 pm

    Norris, how sorry I was to see Ruby’s obituary in the paper. She and you were so kind to my Mother when she would come into the Mason Jar. No matter how busy the place was you made a place for her to eat. She appreciated your kindness and so did I.

    Norris, so many of the times I was your nurse, Ruby was such a faithful wife to you. So kind and loving and concerned for your well being. I offer my sincerest sympathies to you and your family.

    Diane Drennan, RN Cardiac Rehab Nurse, Baptist Hospital (Midtown-St Thomas)

  20. Stephanie Shumate
    May 18, 2016 10:20 am

    Sending love and prayers to the family. Many years of memories with Ms. Ruby at the Hendersonville Skating Rink.
    So many birthday parties, and many nights skating. Then many great memories of great food at the Mason Jar.
    She was always smiling and loving on all the kids. She always knew you by name, and always had a great big
    hug for you. You will be missed Ms. Ruby, but your love and memories live on in our hearts.

  21. Allen and Lesley Curtis
    May 18, 2016 11:23 am

    Mrs. Ruby will be missed. So sorry we couldn’t be there but we are out of town. Prayers for the family and especially Mr. Norris.

  22. Tom Courtney
    May 18, 2016 7:11 pm

    I will always remember you and your kind heart! So many memories of my teenage years were made at the rink. You and Mr. Davidson offered me my first job as a floor guard. A memory I will cherish forever. My prayers are with you and the rest of your precious family as they mourn the loss of you!! You have influenced so many and I am so very glad to have known you!!!!! God Bless!!!!

  23. Lynn Batey
    July 14, 2016 6:29 am

    I loved Ruby so much. She was one of my favorite people in the world. So kind and loving and very mothering. She knew I had lost my mother many years ago and sort of adopted me at the Mason Jar . Her kindness, generosity and hugs will be missed. Thank you for including a photo of Ruby and myself in her tribute. I rest easy knowing that God will never go hungry as long as Miss Ruby around.. He has chosen the most special angel. My thoughts and Prayers go out to Mr. Norris, Debbie and Turner. Thank you for sharing Ruby with me and the world. It is true that we will not be judged on how much we love , but upon how much we are loved by others. We will always love her and we will never ever forget.

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