Ruby Whatley, 79, of Orange, passed away Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at Baptist Beaumont Hospital.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Dorman Funeral Home. Officiating will be Frank Walton, brother of Mrs. Whatley. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City. A gathering of family and friends will be from 5-9 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.

Born Nov. 26, 1930, in Clovis, N.M., to Hazie B. (Owens) Walton and Willie L. Walton, she had lived in the Orange area since 1951 and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She worked as a dietician at Orange Memorial Hospital and retired in 1984. Ruby was very mothering to many young people she befriended, and she enjoyed fishing, playing cards, playing dominoes, cooking, taking care of plants and spending time with her family.

Ruby is preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Lois Scott and Juanita Scholton; her brothers, L.D. Walton and Bill Walton and great-grandson Hayden Granger.

Those who will cherish her memory most are her loving husband of 40 years, James E. Whatley Sr. of Orange; her daughters, Brenda Robinson of Baton Rouge, La., Lisa Marsiglia and husband Mike of Beaumont and Susan Sankowich of Lincolnton, N.C.; sons Bill Blanchard and wife Mary Helen of Baton Rouge, James Eugene Whatley II of Houston and Guy Whatley of North Carrollton, Miss.; her sisters, Irene Knight of Idleyld Park, Ore., Lucita Cunningham of Mariposa, Calif, Wanda Grizzell of Port Orchard, Wash., and Bondred Derr of Del Rio, Texas; brother Frank Walton of Paso Robles, Calif.; her best friend of many years, Sarah Lavergne of Starks, La.; 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Ruby is also survived by many extended family and friends.

For those desiring memorial contributions, donations in memory of Ruby may be made to the American Heart Association, 1125 Judson Road, Suite 150, Longview, Texas 75601, (409) 980-8800 or