Ruby L. Pickard, 84, of Orange, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Pinehurst Nursing Center. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in the chapel Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. Mike Umbenhaur, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Orange.

Eulogies will be given by Judge James Stringer and Mrs. Pickard’s grandson, Chester Moore, Jr. Burial will follow the services at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City.

The family will receive friends for visitation from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the funeral home.

Born in Del Rio, TN. on April 4, 1928, she was the daughter of Hubert Laws and Audrey (Ellison) Laws Dockery. A lifelong follower of Jesus Christ, Mrs. Pickard was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Orange. In 1982, she founded My Wish, Inc. which granted wishes to more than 200 terminally ill children in the Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana areas. She also conducted annual Christmas parties for the patients at Rusk State Hospital in Rusk, had worked with Orange Christian Services and the American Red Cross. Mrs.

Pickard was preceded in death by her parents, Hubert Laws of Tennessee, Audrey Laws Dockery of Orange and brother, Terry Dockery of Johnson City, TN.

She is survived by her husband, John Pickard; daughter and son-in-law, Gloria and Chester Moore, Sr.; grandson, Chester Moore, Jr. and his wife, Lisa; great granddaughter, Faith Moore, all of Orange; brother and sister-in-law, Kyle and Pat Dockery and sister-in-law, Cynthia Dockery, all of Johnson City.

Serving as pallbearers will be Chester Moore, Jr., Carey Roberts, Frank Moore, Eric Swanson, James Stringer and Chester Moore, Sr.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the Julie Rogers Gift of Life Program, 2390 Dowlen Road, Beaumont, Texas 77706.