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Regal Ruby saluted in song and dance

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Pembroke Anglican Church Hall was packed to overflowing on Sunday with family and friends from near and far saluting Mrs Ruby Sampson for her genuine, freely given contributions over the decades.

Ruby was at her regal best. Among other things she is known as the Glamorous Grand Mother; and Queen of the Terpsichorean Dancers. She was hailed verbally in most superlative terms; she was hugged and at times seemingly could hardly catch her breath as she was presented with flowers, tokens and saluted in song and dance.

A major highlight was the arrival of the Blues Beat Band in their distinctive black and white southern garb. They led the gathering in singing ‘Happy Birthday Ruby' in four different tunes. It was awesome, an experience way out of the ordinary.

The event was Ruby's 96th birthday celebration hosted by the Fellowship Circle; comprising wives and widows of Freemasons. Ruby at age 96 was a founding member decades ago, and cited as being its most active and willingly forthcoming ‘Circlelite' to the present time.

Mrs Valerie Dill, JP was Mistress of Ceremonies. Mrs Sheila Wilkinson gave a warm welcome address. Anglican Bishop of Bermuda, Rt Rev Nicholas Dill invoked a blessing.

Following the serving of a sumptuous lunch Dr Tammy Trott initiated a round of entertainment that included solo singing by John Dale, and Line Dancing dancing by the Pembroke Community Club's Terpsichorean section.

The formal round of tributes to Ruby was touched off by the Rev Fred Hassel of the Seniors Club; Mrs Gwen Joell for the Fellowship Circle and Mrs Marlene Warren for the Sampson Family.

Ruby close-up as Glamorous Grand Mother
Ruby close-up as Glamorous Grand Mother
Ruby Sampson
Ruby Sampson is serenaded
Ruby Sampson with sons Anton and Tyron. Missing from the picture is Kevin.

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Published December 13, 2014 at 8:00 am (Updated December 18, 2014 at 7:44 pm)

Regal Ruby saluted in song and dance

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