October 2021

NEWS OCTOBER 2021 Fam i l y Own e d a n d Operated Since 1974 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY PO B o x 5 1 5 9 Y o u n g s t own OH 4 4 5 1 4 1 - 8 0 0 - 3 2 1 - 7 4 7 9 On l i n e a t www . n om i s p u b l i c a t i o n s . c om P r e v i o u s l y P u b l i s h e d a s t h e Y B N e w s • S t i l l t h e P l a c e f o r Y o u r N e w s ! N omis P ublications , I nc . proudly announces the 2022 F eatured F irm … R uby F uneral S ervices & C hapel Springfield, Illinois By Laurie Esposito Harley SPRINGFIELD,IL— The origins of Ruby Funeral Services & Chapel stretch back to a tragic day on September 26, 1986 in the small town of Ruleville, MS. That day, 18-year-old Ruby Davis learned that her family had been in a car accident. Her mother and sister did not survive. Davis lived in Springfield at the time, and she returned to Mississippi for the funeral. She didn’t recognize her mother, 42 and her sister, 17. “My mom and sister didn’t look right,” she says. “As a young teen, I wanted to know what happened behind the scenes at the funeral home.” This curiosity sparked an extensive ed- ucational pursuit, which began with Da- vis getting her cosmetology license, which she felt was the easiest first step. She later moved to Chicago to enroll in the mortu- ary science program at Malcolm X College, part of the city’s network of community colleges. She took classes in chemistry, mi- crobiology, and pathology, as well as exam- ining and embalming the human cadaver. Restorative art classes focused on repair- ing a deceased person’s appearance to look as near to normal as possible. Psychology and sociology classes highlighted the com- fort needed by the deceased’s survivors. “I loved it,” Davis says. She graduated with an Associate of Applied Science de- gree in mortuary science in 2001, and went on to work at Gatling’s Chapel in Chicago, which served more than 3,000 families each year. Realiz- ing she needed a business background, she returned to college and didn’t stop until she completed a Doctoral of Business Ad- ministration degree in ac- counting at Argosy Uni- versity in Chicago. “I got my BA and Masters and PhD; everything with the end goal to get my own funeral home,” she says. Davis wanted to return to the funeral industry. “I missed it,” she says. “I missed waiting on families and taking care of their deceased special loved ones.” Her dedication runs deeper than a career Continued on Page A2 Dr. Ruby Davis wanted revenue generating ideas to help grow your business ? to engage with your families and communities in new and exciting ways! 1822, 1717, 1929, 1901, 1035 Come See Us Promo Code: 9179 Booths The 49 th edition of the Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory features Ruby Funeral Services of Springfield, Illinois. Read Dr. Ruby Davis’ story to learn the path she has travelled, allowing her to follow her dreams, with a dedication that runs deep. The tradition of mailing over 14,000 copies of the 2022 Pocket Size directory and Buyer’s Guide free to funeral homes across the country continues. In addition to the Standard Size directory, a Digital Edition is available for download. 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Anytime. path. “This is a spiritual calling,” Davis says. “Everyone can’t do this.” When she learned of an upcoming job open- ing at Walker Funeral Service & Chapel in Springfield, she jumped at the chance and was honored to do so. While working as a dedicated funeral director and em- balmer in Springfield, Davis often found herself alone in the funeral home, doing everything by herself. “Whatever I didn’t learn in school, I had to pick up on my own,” she says. She enjoyed serving families in and out of the com- munity, but she grew restless. “I thought, ‘If I’m going to stay in this industry, I need to own my own place [funeral home],’” Davis says. “I kept praying for an opportunity. I believe that all things are possible. My God is big.” In late 2014, Davis heard that the owner of James D. Memorial Chapel was thinking of selling the business. In December 2014, God made a way, and she purchased the funeral home located at 1520 E. Washington Street in Springfield. “I stepped out on faith,” Davis says. “I used my final paycheck from my previous job to take out an ad in the paper that told the public my doors were open for busi- NFDA Convention Preview Expo Floor Page A22 Look for Convention Highlights Classified Ads Shipping Directory Index of Advertisers