Law, Ruby Camp (Mrs. Ashley T.)


July 6, 1907 - September 30, 1979
Ruby Camp Law, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wesley Camp, was born July 6, 1907, at Haynesville, Louisiana. She was educated in Louisiana, attending high school and college there. She met Reverend Ashley Law at the Cotton Valley Church in June of 1929. And on December24 that same year they were married in her parents’ home in Haynesville. Julius Raplee, Missionary to South America, performed the ceremony.
Five children blessed the marriage. Ruth arrived on March 22, 1931, and died at age 6. Mary came June 7, 1934. She is married to Reverend Kennon Moody. They have two children and live in LaGrangeville, New York. Sarah was born February 25, 1937, at Ponchatoula. She married Philip Morris. They have two children and live in Phoenix, Arizona. James Thomas was also born in Ponchatoula, on January 2, 1940. He is married, has two children, and is living in Bossier City. John Paul was born October 27, 1942, at Amite. He now lives in Northwest Louisiana State School, Bossier City.
Mrs. Law was the constant, dedicated companion of her husband, serving with him in 12
Louisiana appointments. She passed away on September 30, 1979. Cecil E. Ramey, Jr., a longtime friend, has written of Mrs. Law —

She was
Not one to speak
When silence was the better part,
Yet when she spoke
Her words had meaning.
They were
Balm for the ears and
Strength for the soul,
They sprang from an honest heart
And in them there was truth.

She knew the toils
And heartaches of motherhood.
She watched one child
Slip away in death,
And another in an illness
That raised a blank stone wall
Between this mind and hers
And yet,
Her faith remained unshaken
And her love reached out
To bridge the gap between them.

Her family
Was the center of her life-
And she of theirs.
She was the bond
That held them all together,
The balance wheel
Against the pulls of life.
She was her husband’s
Strong right hand,
A pastor’s wife
Who bore the burdens
Of the frequent moves,
The temporary homes,
The sometimes thankless tasks of service,
Without murmur or complaint.

She loved her garden,
The cool, moist feel of earth,
The whisper of the breeze
Against her cheek,
The sunlit hours
That put her
So in touch with life.
The miracle of seed-birth,
The first tentative green leaves,
The captured sunshine
Of the flowers in full bloom.

Something of those moments
Is a part of her forever,
The smile
That played like sunlight on her face,
The warmth of her love
That reached out so effortlessly,
The certainty of the renewal of life
And the closeness of a God
Who cares

Her passing
Leaves behind no aching void,
But a quiet seedbed
That seems empty on the surface,
But in which the seeds of memory
Will bloom and blossom
Through the years,
Until we join her
In that eternal spring
She always knew was there.

Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, 1980, Pages 169-170, by Ed Thomas.

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