Ruby Mae (Dreibrodt) Gerken

Ruby Mae (Dreibrodt) Gerken went to be with her Lord on December 27, 2020.

Ruby Mae was born November 15, 1922 to Frieda (Albrecht) and Gustav Dreibrodt in the Rosenberg, Texas, community of Random.

She was educated in Robert E. Lee Elementary and graduated from Rosenberg High School in 1941.

On October 25, 1945, she and Albert Henry Gerken married in Frieden’s Evangelical and Reformed Church in Beasley.

They were happily married for 55 years, and celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1995.

Albert preceded her in death August 30, 2000.

Her parents, a sister, Louise Marie Gold, 3 brothers Roy Henry, John Phillip, Bobbie Walter and brother-in-law, Marvin Gold, sisters-in- law Gladys Dreibrodt, Juanita Dreibrodt also preceded her. Ruby Mae was a devoted wife and mother and a loving grandmother.

Ruby Mae is survived by Thomas Al (Tommy), her son and wife Dana. Two grandchildren Blake Thomas, wife Samantha. Blair Nicole, wife Amanda. One great-grandchild Tucker. Many nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Ruby Mae was baptized in First Protestant Church in New Braunfels, confirmed in St. Peter’s Evangelical and Reformed Church at Cottonwood.

After high school graduation she worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company as a switchboard operator.

She was a stay at home mom, volunteered as a room mother and served as president for Needville Elementary P.T.A., employed by the State of Texas at the Richmond State School for 13 years, retiring in 1985, and then became a Real Estate Agent and Broker.

A member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Rosenberg, transferring to Immanuel UCC in 1962; served on the pulpit and memorial committees, consistory, a delegate several times of South Central Conference, Women’s Guild and taught Sunday school. In the community: president of Needville American Legion #350 Auxiliary and a life member; also a life member of Veterans of Foreign wars, Member and president of Needville Community Church, women’s group, volunteer to M.D. Anderson Hospital Patient’s craft, AARP member and an officer, Woodmen of the World president and treasurer many times, Democratic Party Chair of Fort Bend County Precinct #1010, Member of Order of the Eastern Star in Rosenberg, Worthy Matron 1991-1992.

She was an avid bridge player, as well as Canasta, “88” Domino and bingo.

Albert and Ruby built their home in Needville in 1990.

They supported their grandchildren’s school and sports activities.

The family would like to thank Elizabeth Williams and the staff at Reliable Oaks Assisted Living in Needville, TX, for the years of loving care they provided for Ruby Mae.

A memorial service will be held for Albert and Ruby at a later date.

Condolence messages may be written for the Gerken family at

Services are under the direction of Garmany & Carden Funeral Directors, 1201 Fourth Street, Rosenberg, TX 77471 (281)342-4671.

Violet Louise Fatheree, 91, passed away Tuesday, December 22, 2020, in Rosenberg. She was born August 7, 1929 in Burton to Arthur and Emma Deiss.

Violent was a member of the United Church of Christ.

Survivors include her son, Douglas Lightfoot and wife Karen, daughter, Susan Turner and husband Tommy, step-son James Fatheree and wife Nancy, five grandchildren, Daniel Lightfoot, Kevin Lightfoot, Austin Fatheree, Luke Fatheree, Lindsey Neuhaus, 15 great-grandchildren, Paisley, Stockton, Tilden, Canyon, Oakleigh, Layton and Lincoln Lightfoot, Cib, Emmie, Georgia, Weston, Madelyn and Brianna Fatheree, Caroline and Greyson Neuhaus.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Donald Lightfoot, second husband, Lloyd Fatheree, and brother, Burney Deiss.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Rosenberg with Pastor Karen Wilhelm officiating.

Tributes and words of condolence may be left for the family at

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home, 3900 B.F. Terry Blvd., Rosenberg, Texas 77471.

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