January 12, 1925 – November 16, 2018
Ruby Dodds, age 93, passed away peacefully on November 16 at her home with family and Radar, her little beloved dog, was beside her.
Ruby was very involved in the community throughout the years since she moved here in 1946.
She and her late husband, Fred Dodds, owned and operated the Miracle Hot Springs Resort, which included the hotel, café, trailer park, cabins and tackle store. Ruby was also the post master at the Miracle Hot Springs. She also found time to organize and host dances that were held outside in the campground and everyone that attended had a great deal of fun.
Ruby’s involvement in the community was very impressive as she served as president of the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce in Lake Isabella from 1978 to 1979, then as secretary in 1983 and 1984. She was also involved in clubs throughout the valley; she served as commissioner of the Kern County Heritage Foundation for many years and was the past president of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Ladies Auxiliary. Ruby has been a member of the Ladies Auxiliary for 60 years. She was also a volunteer with Kern Valley Hospital Auxiliary for many years. She helped organize the Christmas Parade, volunteered at the Kern Valley Museum, and worked on the United Methodist Highland Chapel Pastor Relations Committee.
Ruby attended services at Highland Chapel for many, many years and had taken her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren there on a regular basis. The church has been known to all as “our church.”
Ruby’s favorite pass time was listening to Elvis Presley music and was a faithful Dodger’s fan.
Many people remember Ruby as the first person they met in the valley when she would arrive at their door to welcome them to our valley since she headed the Welcoming Committee for many years.
Her children Mike, Colleen and Randy are very thankful to their mother for raising them at the Miracle Hot Springs and will always consider it as “home.”
Ruby’s five grandchildren, Debra Cook, Jamie Neill, Sheena MacClaren, Ryan Dodds, and Kelly Pate, adored her as she was their mentor and teacher. Great-grandchildren are Branden Neill, Alyssa Trujello, Michael Hradecky, Tessa Eubanks, Tara Eubanks and Kryssa Eubanks. Great-grandchildren are Karson and Jackson Heaslet.
Ruby was truly an icon of the valley and we will miss her very much. She loved life and never complained.
Services were held on November 25, with a viewing at the Lake Isabella Valley Mortuary from 9-11 a.m. and funeral services were held at Highland Chapel Church at 1 p.m.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Ruby Dodds on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. at the VFW in Lake Isabella. Please bring a potluck dish.