Ruby Jewel Verdine, 87, a resident of Starks, passed away on June 14, 2016 in Orange. Mrs. Ruby was well known and loved by everyone.  Ruby was a Starks Icon. She retired from the cafeteria at Starks High School and was a huge Starks Panther fan. She also worked for many years at the Louisiana Tourism Bureau in Vinton.  She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Deweyville. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

She was the daughter of the late Lewis P. Ozan  and the late Mary Harris Ozan.

She is survived by her sons, Darrell Verdine and wife, Mildred, Edward L. Verdine and wife, Kylean, all of Starks and Jimmy Verdine of Mauriceville; daughters, Patricia Humble and husband Lanny of Starks and Catherine Borel and husband, Ira of Orange.  She is also survived by her sisters, Christine Ozan of Iowa, La. and Virginia Badeaux of Port Barre, La; daughter-in-law and Carolyn Verdine of Starks along with 18 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 46 years, Floyd Verdine; sons, Eddie Verdine, Paul E. Verdine, David “Cheese” Verdine and Michael “Hosey” Verdine; two brothers, Pete Ozan and Nathan Ozan; two sisters, Norma Jean Blanchette and Louise Franks; daughter-in-law, Charlotte Verdine; brother-in-law, Kenneth Badeaux and great grandson, Joel Hendrix.

The family will receive friends Thursday, June 16, from 5:00-8:00 P.M. and on Friday, June 17, from 10:00 A.M. until time of the funeral service at 2:00 P.M.

The visitation and funeral will be held at First Baptist Church of Deweyville, 644 Hwy. 272, Deweyville. Pastor Damon Bickham will be officiating. Interment will be at Doyle Cemetery in Starks.

Arrangements are being handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, DeQuincy, La.