Ruby Alice Walz Saunders


Ruby Alice Walz Saunders

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Ruby Alice Walz Saunders

Ruby Alice Walz Saunders, 96, passed away March 13, 2020 in Fernandina Beach, Fla.

She was born September 13, 1923 in Ponchatoula, La. to the late Frank and Alice Walz. She spent her growing up years on a farm, collecting eggs, picking strawberries, and swimming in the creek. When she graduated from Ponchatoula High School and secretarial school, she got on a train, at 19, and traveled to Washington D.C. to work for the Navy Department during World War II. There, she met and married the love of her life for 61 years, George Saunders, and together they had two sons. Due to her husband’s job assignments, they moved all over the country, including to Silver Spring, Md., Seattle, Wash., New Orleans, La., Waterford, Conn., Hammond, La., and Fernandina Beach. They took many vacations visiting numerous United States National Parks and family around the country. She and George also traveled extensively around the world during their retirement years.

From 1968 to 1984, Ruby worked as an administrative assistant at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn. for the development of the Trident nuclear submarine.

Ruby’s sparkling, twinkling eyes and bright smile lit up the room and “never met a stranger.” She had a quick wit and was an accomplished, avid bridge player. She was a member of the Newcomers Club of Amelia Island and a longtime member of Grace Episcopal Church. She had a green thumb and enjoyed being a member of a garden club as well. Ruby was a master in the kitchen, canning fruits and vegetables and baking the most delicious cookies, cakes, and pies. She loved her friends and family dearly and was happiest being around them.

Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, George; her sister, Ethel (Dewey) Bernard; and her brothers, Harry (Rita) Walz, Bud Walz, and John (Yvonne) Walz.

She is survived by her sons, George (Patricia) Saunders IV and Alan (Elyse) Saunders; grandchildren, Ward Saunders, Ken (Jamie) Saunders, Becky Saunders, Dori Romancik, Scott (Jaime) Saunders, and Kristin (Jason) Loccisano; great-grandchildren, Riley Saunders, Cal Saunders, Haley Romancik, Jackson and Tillie Saunders, and Max and Lia Loccisano; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Liz Pascoe and Debbie Westhouse.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Community Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation at 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257 or at (904) 886-3883.

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