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Ruby "Jackie" Gilreath

August 11, 1934 — January 31, 2023

Ruby “Jackie” Gilreath age 88 of Canton, passed away on January 31st 2023 at her home surrounded by family.

She was born on August 11, 1934, in Hiawassee, GA to Boyd and Monteree (Garrett) Nicholson.

Ruby graduated from Town County High School. She came to Ohio in the 1950s from her hometown in GA. She brought her expertise in large southern vegetable gardening.

Ruby was known as an expert seamstress, in her earlier years she was a personal tailor for local business executives, especially her favorite client Nola.

She also made cheerleading uniforms for the local schools and organizations. Ruby ran the fabric department at Ben Franklin for many years.

In her later years, Ruby had a successful career at Rite Aid where she then retired at the age of 82.

She was a devoted Christian and was a member at New Vine Baptist Church in Malvern, OH.

Ruby was an expert at quilting, she loved fishing, baking, and spending time with her family.

Those left to cherish her memory are her sons, Stan (Vicky) Gilreath and Steve Gilreath; brothers, Kenneth, Lowell and Gary Nicholson; sister-in-law, Joyce Nicholson and granddaughter Kelly Gilreath, also many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Rufus “Ed” Gilreath who died on July 7, 2007 and whom she happily married on September 9, 1954, a sister Jeannett, brothers ML and Noel.

A funeral service will be held Saturday February 4th at 12:00 p.m. at New Vine Baptist Church, 423 E.Porter St, Malvern, OH, 44644,  friends may call one hour prior. Visiting hours will be held Friday February 3rd from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Kreighbaum-Sanders Funeral Home and one hour prior the day of service.

Arrangements are entrusted to Kreighbaum-Sanders Funeral Home 4041 Cleveland Ave S 44707. Friends and family may share condolences and memories online at

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