Obituary: Rubie Lee Edwards Gamble

Rubie Lee Edwards Gamble, 93, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Nov. 13, 2022, in Newton.

Rubie Lee Edwards Gamble, 93, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Nov. 13, 2022, in Newton.

Rubie was born June 24, 1929, in Gould, Arkansas, to James Sanders and Jimmie Barnett. Rubie was raised in Arkansas along with nine siblings—George Wade, Milton Walton, Alazetta, James, Pearly, Lamorris, Eloise, Inez and Hearsie.

Rubie came to know the Lord at the age of 14. She was baptized into the First Missionary Baptist Church in the river in Gould, Arkansas, by Rev. C.L. Washington on Aug. 5, 1943.

Rubie loved her church, and once she settled in Newton, she became a member of the Second Missionary Baptist Church of Newton. As a member of Second Baptist, she took part in all of the church activities: Mission, choir, bake sales, Bible study and prayer meeting. You could always count on Rubie to be there to offer help.

Upon moving to Kansas, she met and married Arbey Sylvester Edwards, and together, the couple had five children—Sylvia, Arbey, Carl, Floyd and Anthony. She had one other son who was lost during childbirth. Rubie was known as mother and grandmother to all those seeking wisdom, love, or a completely honest opinion. Rubie was always available. She was a strong woman, a woman of grit. Whenever questioned about the challenges of life, she would always say, “Just turn it over to the Lord; he’ll take care of it.”

Rubie was a natural gardener, known for her green thumb. She could make anything that grew truly blossom. She thrived in being a wife, mother and grandmother. All of her grandchildren enjoyed spending time with Grandma, because she made them all feel welcome, accepted and loved.

Growing up on a farm, she learned the skills necessary to be an outstanding homemaker. She was known for preparing some of the finest meals. Whether it was the main entree or the finishing dessert, you would be blessed to have enjoyed her cooking.

Rubie is survived by her husband, Roosevelt Gamble; two sons, Carl and Floyd Edwards and his wife Nancy; sister, Inez; brother, Hearsie; grandchildren, Micheal Rhoades, Anthony Edwards, LaTricia Bayes, Floyd Edwards, Carl Edwards, Josh Edwards, Preston Edwards, Luke Edwards, Elijah Edwards, and Nancy MayLee Edwards; 29 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation was Friday at Petersen’s Funeral Home, 215 N Main, Newton. Homegoing Celebration was at 10:15 p.m. Nov. 19 at Trinity Heights United Methodist. Memorials may be made to Second Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 424, Newton, KS, 67114 or via Petersen’s Funeral Home.

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